Junkman Seeks Human Guinea Pigs

Steven Milloy, the industry lobbyist and Cato Institute staffer who calls himself "the junkman" at www.junkscience.com, is going to be getting a lot of publicity in the coming months. He has a book coming out in September titled Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense Against Health Scares and Scams, which he is already promoting on the radio talk show circuit. Today on Wisconsin Public Radio's Tom Clark Show, Milloy flacked his version of sound science and scientific truth, attacking environmental and public health activists as politically motivated fear-mongers. At the end of the interview, Clark observed that Milloy seems to think "it's better to be sorry than safe," to which Milloy retorted, "a reasonable body of evidence consists of human studies." In other words, if you want to know whether something kills people, Milloy thinks the best way to find out is to test it on humans. PR Watch has previously reported at length on Milloy's antics, and his work is also discussed in Trust Us, We're Experts.