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Sanders rips 'profound scientist' Trump for claiming wind turbine 'noise causes cancer'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members MORE (I-Vt.) on Saturday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE for once saying that the noise from wind turbines causes cancer, describing Trump as a "profound scientist" for making that claim.  

"As I’m sure you’re all aware, Trump and I have a few differences of opinion," Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said while campaigning in Ames, Iowa, according to KCCI 8, a local CBS affiliate. "But maybe the most profound difference is that Trump is maintaining the myth that climate change is a hoax."

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Sanders added that Trump is "working overtime to make sure that we have more carbon emissions," before noting that the president made a "profound remark" in regards to wind turbines causing cancer. 

"And he’s a profound scientist, someone who’s researched the issue for years and uniquely came up with that conclusion," Sanders said. 

Trump in early April floated the claim that the noise wind turbines emit causes cancer while speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner. 

“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer,” Trump said.

There is no evidence to back Trump's claim that noise from wind turbines may cause cancer. 

Both of Iowa's GOP senators criticized Trump's statement, with Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results MORE (R-Iowa) saying that the president's comments on wind power were "idiotic."

"I have church bells that ring across from my office here in D.C.  I know that noise doesn't give me cancer, otherwise I'm sure I'd have church bell cancer," Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Peggy Noonan: 'Bogus dispute' by Trump 'doing real damage' MORE (R-Iowa) said, according to a Des Moines, Iowa NBC affiliate

 
Trump has repeatedly voiced critical comments about wind power. He said at a rally in Michigan earlier this year that the power source was unreliable because the wind doesn't always blow. 

"If it doesn't blow, you can forget about television for that night," Trump said.