Skip to comments.But Her Heart Was Good (How many has Rachel Carson killed?)
Posted on 05/21/2007 7:25:01 PM PDT by gridlock
Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring--the book that got mosquito-killer DDT banned and launched the modern environmental movement--while struggling with cancer. The disease killed Carson in 1964, two years after Silent Spring came out.
Today's Washington Post has a story on Carson--whose 100th birth anniversary occurs later this month--and her noble fight against cancer. A touching piece.
But maddening, too! Because in the story's 34 paragraphs, there are only a buried pair, the 26th and 27th, that note the ongoing controversy about DDT's ban.
A Maryland Congressman (evil Republican, of course ... wink, wink) is quoted as saying that malaria deaths might have been prevented had DDT not been banned.
That happens to be true. DDT kills mosquitoes, which carry malaria, which was all but eradicated before DDT was banned.
Buried in paragraph 27, and paraphrasing the Congressman, The Washington Post concedes that "numerous" deaths might have been prevented by DDT.
Let's stop here. Any curious reader would ask, Just how "numerous" is numerous? Wouldn't you ask that question? The Post never asks that question. Why?
Because the answer devastates Rachel Carson and her followers. According to these CDC figures, malaria kills more than 800,000 children under age five every year.
Every year, 800,000 small children die from malaria, a disease once nearly eradicated. Ponder that.
And all The Washington Post can say is "numerous?"
What do you think? Post your comments below.
I saw a couple of Hollywood types making a very earnest pitch on a TV commercial yesteday to raise money to buy mosquito nets for Third World children to save them from malaria. I think the enviro-weenies are beginning to see the backlash coming and want to be seen doing something... anything... to look like they are getting out in front on this issue.
The fact that all this malaria is completely attributable to the non-sensical elimination of DDT completely escapes them.
They were just trying to reduce the ecological footprint of Africans.
Absent from the Liberal mindset is the wisdom that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
Another typical liberal environmental boondoggle. Ever notice how things never improve after they convince everyone to do their bidding? The reason is, what we are forced to do to appease them has no effect on the non problems they wring their hands about. In this case, they truly did damage, but will never be held accountable.
That’s liberals. But they always meeeeeeeean so well. And of course, as we all know, being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.
How many times in a row must environmental legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them “unintended”?
But the liberals mean well and that’s all that really counts.
You would think that 800,000 dead kids a year would make an impression... but I guess not.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the fact that the vast majority of these children are African or Asian has a lot to do with the fact that your typical Liberal cannot manage to care.
And they don't care, since most of them (by far) are just expendable brown people.
Shame on you all for looking at the actual results instead of at their intentions!
But we eeeeeevil Republicans are the racists, don’tcha know...
-- C. S. Lewis
They would never say so openly, but the population controllers and the greenies probably think this is a good thing. Fewer third worlders to screw up the environment and increase global warming.
When people do the same thing over and over with the same result, over and over, one can be forgiven thinking that that same result is not what they were after, all along.
This is not directly relevant to the topic of discussion here, but speaking of intention, why does intention play a major role in murder cases ? For example the penalty for murdering a spouse with the intention of collecting insurance is different from the penalty given for say rage killing--eg finding out that the spouse has been unfaithful. Is the penalty punishing the thought or the crime ? I don't know the answer.. I am just wondering.
Rachael Carson is responsible for an almost equal number of deaths as Communism..
Funny how Greenies always seem so happy to eliminate other people, but never get around to eliminating themselves.
Any committed Environmentalist who does not immediately go out and kill himself is a poseur...
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