A Skeptical Change of Heart…

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Published on: September 17, 2010

Bork Lhoman has long argued that the ability of planets and stations to adapt to high radiation levels are stronger than most radiation protestors believe. His well-received book The Skeptical Radiationist recounted his long-standing memberships in such Kroy-based environmental groups as EarthCalm. And in the book he claimed his experience in these impact-conscious groups gave him an unbiased perspective and a closer view of how galactic environments could adapt and change.

But as study after study proves that human interference is starting to acutely affect even the galaxy’s ability to heal itself, academic critics like Lhoman have started to take a second glance.

Protesting against radiation pollution has felt, increasingly, like a losing battle. Countless films, documentaries, studies, and evidence have been presented by those trying to fight against this increasing threat. Sophisticated PSAs have been created to a inspire the public to stop supporting the industries that create radiation pollution as a byproduct of the items they make. But while the public at large was interested when these warnings were first put out, the increasingly bleak nature of the predictions discouraged them. People have begun to feel the situation was already hopeless and were uncertain what aid their actions could provide.

Feeding on these feelings of radiation fatigue, some so-called ‘experts’ have made an excellent living by claiming the evidence of radiation pollution is overblown if not fictitious. Lhoman had been considered by many radiation skeptics to be an expert on the moderate side of the ‘Radiation Debate.’ He was one of the few critics with some academic background, and was openly protesting the perception of the issue instead of the left political systems that were trying to educate the public.

Despite Lhoman openly admitting he is ‘not a scientist’ he had been put on many panels, quoted by countless conservative news sources, and had been lauded by many conservative circles because of his views. He even was the main focus of a two hour news feed presentation, discussing how environmentalists were "exaggerating" the problem of radiation pollution.

Unlike other critics of radiation pollution, Lhoman did not deny radiation exists. But he insisted his research showed that its importance had been overstated. He suggested that the baronage disregard any major spending to fix the issue, sighting problems like SIDA research and aid to under developed planets would be a better use of resources.

But in his latest book, set to come out later this year, Lhoman has drastically changed his position. His reasons for the switch have not been properly outlined to the press, since Lhoman wants the public to read his views in the book first. But Lhoman did reveal that after careful research his stance on the radiation issue has gone from passive acceptance to crisis mode. In press releases he called radiation ‘the most pressing issue of our time’ and begged Moguls and Baronets alike to funnel 100 Billion Krohl into research projects on radiation pollution. "If we do this now," one of his press blurbs stated, "we can irradiate radiation pollution – galaxy wide – within our lifetimes."

Has one of the last great deniers of radiation pollution finally come to his senses? His peers don’t believe so.

The environmentalists he has criticized find it hard to take Lhoman’s new position seriously. Lhoman’s old group EarthCalm has admitted mixed – and skeptical – feelings about the academic’s sudden change of heart. "We welcome any emphasis on this growing crisis," admitted a spokesperson for the group, "But Lhoman’s declarations come two decades too late."

Likewise, editorialist J’hn Hikes of the GreenGrit news source has scoffed at Lhoman’s new stance, saying it is just another one of the marketing-savvy academic’s latest grabs for attention.

"Lhoman used to mock radiation ‘hysteria,’" Hikes said in a recent editorial, "and now he and his colleagues have revisited their sources and concluded that radiation poisoning is serious? The fact that he’s getting publicity for his book shows how well he can play with the news sources. Who else could get all this attention for adopting a position already held by billions of sensible people?"

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