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Year Ends 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring An Unhappy Legacy Continues

KrankyMike Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 4:18 PM
I have seldom seen so much insanity coalesced into so few words. Congratulations! Mosquito nets are a joke, relatively expensive compared to DDT, and only work when sleeping and if used properly. Climate change (a.k.a., global warming) if it existed, would be beneficial to forests, not detrimental. Cooling climate is detrimental. For evidence, we have records from the Medieval Climate Optimum and the Little Ice Age. Forests, especially in North America, have benefited from our presence. The US is now more heavily forested than when Columbus discovered America because we put out forest fires.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of biologist Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring. Although the anniversary is soon to become history as well, Carson’s impact promises to continue well into the future—and it’s not something to celebrate.

Carson was right to advocate for careful use of pesticides, but her harsh rhetoric needlessly raised excessive alarm. She postulated man-made chemicals affect processes of the human body in “sinister and often deadly ways,” birthing a powerful environmental movement that is fiercely anti-pesticide.

But history has proven Carson’s claims wrong. Contrary to her warnings, a chemically caused cancer epidemic never happened....