A Question of Power

Do fields from high power lines cause childhood cancer? Years of research have revealed few solid facts. But Joe Jamail has charged the answer is yes, and HL&P knows it. He's headed to court to prove his case - or to dig into the utility's deep pockets.

"Is there anything I can do about them besides move my school?"
"Probably not," he answers. Eaton purses her lips seriously, and then shrugs.

Author Mark Pinsky, too, says that in the course of writing his book, he's grown to see EMFs not as a medical debate so much as a social one. "There is no ultimate right or wrong now on this issue," he says. "The issue is, we don't know. I look at it as a big social issue, and we do need to handle it better."

"Electricity is not causing one out of three cases of cancer -- that is not the scope of the problem," Pinsky adds. "It has gotten blown out of proportion by both sides: people refuse to talk straight about this stuff. People so much want to believe what they want to believe.

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