Evil Erin (Brockovich) to Receive Harvard Award
The Harvard School of Public Health has just announced its highest honor, the Julius Richmond Award, will go to Erin Brockovich. The award is given to those who “have promoted and achieved high standards for public heath conditions,” specifically for Brockovich’s efforts “on behalf of all of us, and especially the residents of Hinkley, California, whose health was adversely affected by a toxic substance dumped by a utility company,” according to a letter sent to American Council on Science and Health President Elizabeth Whelan.
Do you feel benefited? I don’t. Here’s why.
The California Cancer Registry showed no excess of cancer in Hinkley compared to surrounding counties to contract cancer than other Californians, despite the claim of Brockovich and her law firm that they suffered extraordinary rates from exposure to chromium six in drinking water. Indeed, there was and is no evidence of any excess of any type of illness at Hinckley. Further, the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxicology web site declares that no study has ever shown chromium six is harmful to humans when ingested, and many have shown it is not.
The only person Erin Brockovich ever helped has the initials “E.B.” She pocketed a bonus of over $2 million in the Hinkley case, even as many Hinkley residents who were truly sick (albeit not from chromium six) received nothing. Her current celebrated lawsuit is against a vast number of oil companies, the city of Beverly Hills and the school district, claims that oil wells on the campus of Beverly Hills High School have caused alumni to have cancer rates “20 times higher” for three types of malignancies than the national average,” according to Brockovich. Yet her firm was later forced to admit it had no data showing any excess of cancer at the school. Further, when the University of Southern California looked at the cancer rates of Beverly Hills alumni it found nothing unusual.
That most people would be confused about Brockovich is explainable by her beatification in a fictitious film claiming to be “based on a true story.” But you might think the Harvard School of Public Health, of all institutions, would do more research before giving awards than watching a movie.
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