There is a lesson for us here in the debunking of the dreaded DDT, whose ban has resulted in the death of millions of people. Are we going to walk head long into the Climate Change doom and gloom scenario as well? Burning our food (corn) for fuel which inflates the world’s cost, hits the poor the heaviest. First they came for our crapper, then the light bulb, our shower head, then the wood stove.Take our coal away. The smart meters come because they know we will have to have our power rationed. The EPA in now looking into the dangers of fracking. We know where this is going.
In this excellently written piece, Rachael Carson is compared to Pol Pot. There are few who are more responsible for mass genocide than Rachael Carson.
Carson’s bestselling brand of junk science and misanthropic, anti-capitalist doom-mongering has provided the model for the international green movement.
“In fact DeWitt’s research had shown the exact opposite:”
“DeWitt reported no significant difference in egg hatching between birds fed DDT and birds not fed DDT. Carson omitted mentioning DeWitt’s report that DDT-fed pheasants hatched about 50 percent more eggs than “control” pheasants.”
DDT doesn’t cause cancer. (Carson blamed DDT for something that was actually, later research found, caused by aflatoxin, a toxic by-product of fungi). Nor does it damage bird reproduction. In 1971-72 an EPA judge concluded after seven months and 9,000 pages of testimony:
In 2006, the WHO tacitly acknowledged its mistake by partially rescinding the ban. “We must take a position based on the science and the data. One of the best tools we have against malaria is indoor residual spraying. Of the dozen or so insecticides WHO has approved as safe for house spraying, the most effective is DDT,” said Arata Kochi of WHO.
The Telegraph reports:
Yesterday would have been her 102nd birthday and I’m sorry I missed it, but my sharp-eyed fellow-traveller David Hinz at The Minority Report celebrated with a lively dance on the old fraud’s grave. He doesn’t mince his words: Rachel Carson – poster girl of the international eco movement – was a “mass murderer” to rival Stalin and Pol Pot.
Was she really responsible for the deaths of as many as 50 million people? That’s just an estimate. What we do know is that her landmark 1962 bestseller Silent Spring – the book that set a million and one green activists on the path of eco righteousness – was responsible for the worldwide ban on the insecticide DDT, the most effective preventative against the mosquitos which spread the world’s deadliest disease, Malaria. In this way countless millions of people, mostly Third World children, were condemned to death in the name of ecological correctness.
Rather as so many people do now with the global warming/climate change story, readers in the 1960s just couldn’t get enough of Rachel Carson’s apocalyptic predictions of man-made eco doom. There might, she claimed, be a cancer epidemic which would hit ‘practically 100 per cent’ of the human population; bird life would be wiped out. And all because of the evil DDT. As a result of this scare-mongering DDT was banned first by an eco-activist administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), subsequently by the UN and the World Health Organisation.
Problem was, few if any of the claims made by Carson were true. They were derived from a complete misrepresentation of research by Dr James DeWitt
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