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

Lisa179 Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 1:53 PM
Rachel Carson has more blood on her hands with her anti pesticide hysteria. In Africa, mosquitoes who could be easily dispatched with judicious use of DDT have spawned an epidemic that kills far more than AIDS. Liberals happy in their climate controlled apartments in NYC decry the JUDICIOUS and CAUTIOUS use of very effective pesticides, thereby dooming African children to a miserable and preventable death. I am delighted that Rachel Carson's idiotic "work" is being debunked.
rwright Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 9:38 PM
Do any of you morons seriously believe that Rachael Carson set out to murder millions of people? You can't accept that she believed that DDT was dangerous? George Bush thought that Iraq had WMDs and he was wrong. Did he deliberately murder thousands of Iraqi people? I don't think so.
scain Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 11:53 PM
No one said that her results were intentional. We are just saying that she was wrong and governments were wrong to accept her views as science and , intentionally or not, it resulted in the deaths of many people.

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....