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GREEN FAILURES: Environmentalists Lied about DDT – Millions of Africans Died

Posted by FactReal on May 12, 2011

The LA Times reported in 2006 the criminal effects of Green policies.1

Here is a summary:

● Environmentalist “led to a ban on the pesticide in the U.S. in 1972 and subsequently in many parts of the world, including in several African nations.”

● Malaria is an epidemic that kills 1 million Africans annually.

● Malaria is the No. 1 killer of African children, claiming one about every 30 seconds. And the toll is rising.

● Malaria costs Africa $12 billion a year in lost gross national product and absorbs more than 20% of healthcare costs in some countries.

● “DDT is the answer to our problems,” said Dr. John Rwakimari, head of the national malaria program in Uganda, where malaria rates over the last 15 years have increased fivefold. “We must do something.”

● African officials complain of hypocrisy and double standards on the part of Westerners, who used DDT to eradicate their own malaria problems decades ago but now push Africa to rely on harder-to-implement methods such as mosquito nets.

● South Africa, which reintroduced DDT in 2003 after a seven-year ban, saw its malaria rates plummet 80%.

● DDT was developed into a pesticide during World War II by Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Mueller, who won a Nobel Prize for helping to save more than 500 million lives.

● Whether DDT is harmful to humans is hotly debated, and there is no conclusive evidence on either side, experts say.

● International backlash against DDT began in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” which focused attention on the environmental harm of man-made chemicals and helped spawn the environmental movement in the U.S.

Mark Levin explains:2
In fact, nowhere in Silent Spring did Carson mention that DDT had saved tens of millions of lives, a widely known fact by 1962 but of no apparent import to her or her growing legion of adherents.

The media gobbled up Carson’s alarmism. President John Kennedy formed an advisory committee to investigate her claims. Congress held hearings. The Environmental Defense Fund and the Sierra Club brought litigation to pressure the government to ban DDT. Although DDT has never been directly linked to even one human death…, the EPA, which had been established in 1970, banned DDT in 1972. Its use worldwide soon plummeted because the United States and the United Nation’s World Health Organizations would no longer provide financial support for the lifesaving chemical’s use. (…)

…EPA administrator William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who in 1972, banned it [DDT] anyway…At the time, Ruckelshaus belonged to the Audubon Society and later joined the Environmental Defense Fund, which, along with the Sierra Club, was a budding organization that brought lawsuits pressing for DDT’s ban.

Only recently has the world community begun to revisit the benefits of DDT. In 2006, the World Health Organization announced that it would reverse years of policy and back the use of DDT as a way to control malaria outbreaks…Overall, the ban has resulted in the deaths of millions.

The EPA and its environmental-group masters conspired in a deliberate and systematic distortion of science, leading to genocide-like numbers of deaths of human beings throughout the undeveloped world.

Rachel Carson’s book – just one book – influenced the vulnerable minds of environmentalists. They proceeded to kill DDT just to make themselves feel good. The environmentalists’ hedonism has killed millions with the help of spineless politicians.

– LA Times: Malaria’s Toll Fuels the Case for DDT Use in Africa (May 29, 2006), http://articles.latimes.com/2006/may/29/world/fg-ddt29
– Mark Levin, Liberty and Tyranny (NY, 2009), page 118.

One Response to “GREEN FAILURES: Environmentalists Lied about DDT – Millions of Africans Died”

  1. Ask them (the greens) if they care . Human beings are the least of their concerns , these people are all nuts .

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