State Rep. Rod Pelton (R-Cheyenne Wells), who uses the mostly veterinary drug Ivermectin to fight off COVID, also has anti-scientific views when it comes to Colorado’s air pollution woes, saying recently that Democrats at the state Capitol don’t seem to understand that they can’t clean up air pollution in Colorado that originates in California.
Here’s what Pelton had to say on KFTM radio Aug.23:
Rep. Rod Pelton (R-Cheyenne Wells): Another thing that I think we’re going to be seeing is, it looks to me I’ve been seeing several articles lately about the air quality and how Colorado has got such bad air. But, a lot of this smoke and haze and stuff is coming from California and the fires to the West. And I have a hard time with the Democrats in the Capitol realizing our air isn’t just our air. You know, we could have zero carbon emissions right now and we would still have all that smoke and haze. So, we need some common sense back in that, for darn sure!
Host of the Big Morning Show (KFTM), John Waters [00:00:39]: Yeah, trying to fix problems that don’t exist with legislation you don’t need.
Pelton: Yeah [chuckling] That sounds like what happens in Denver a lot.
Waters: [laughing] Well, that’s why you keep fighting the good fight, right, Ron?
Pelton: Yes, that’s right.
Two days after Pelton’s interview aired, Colorado Public Radio published an article titled, “Why Colorado’s Record Ozone Pollution Is More About Cars Than Wildfire Smoke,” summarizing well-known facts about the serious air pollution problems faced in Colorado, even if there were no smoke present from wildfires.
“Without the wildfire plumes, we would have been capable of making high levels of ozone just with our own emissions,” Frank Flocke, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told CPR.
Ivermectin is not approved or recommended for preventing or treating COVID.