In the post script to my last post on Climate Change, I answered the question that I receive most--when will they finally admit that they were wrong? The answer is of course "never" and I used the example of the population bomb and other failed disaster predictions.
I also used that post as an opportunity to mention once again that these are not merely ideas, Rachel Carson's dire predictions in Silent Spring let directly to the death of 30 million people. I'm not the only one to see the connection. Hot Air has an interesting post that provides more research and more background--they get a number of 60 million dead. These are real people folks. Will the modern malthusians ever admit they were wrong on Climate Change, the Global Ice Age or the Population Bomb? No. But I'm hoping that they will at least take a sober moment and consider that these predictions and the ultimate government reactions are not free. It turns out that my estimate was low.
Who is the worst killer in the long, ugly history of war and extermination? Hitler? Stalin? Pol Pot? Not even close. A single book called Silent Spring killed far more people than all those fiends put together.
Published in 1962, Silent Spring used manipulated data and wildly exaggerated claims (sound familiar?) to push for a worldwide ban on the pesticide known as DDT – which is, to this day, the most effective weapon against malarial mosquitoes. The Environmental Protection Agency held extensive hearings after the uproar produced by this book… and these hearings concluded that DDT should not be banned. A few months after the hearings ended, EPA administrator William Ruckleshaus over-ruled his own agency and banned DDT anyway, in what he later admitted was a “political” decision. Threats to withhold American foreign aid swiftly spread the ban across the world.
The resulting explosion of mosquito-borne malaria in Africa has claimed over sixty million lives. This was not a gradual process – a surge of infection and death happened almost immediately. The use of DDT reduces the spread of mosquito-borne malaria by fifty to eighty percent, so its discontinuation quickly produced an explosion of crippling and fatal illness. The same environmental movement which has been falsifying data, suppressing dissent, and reading tea leaves to support the global-warming fraud has studiously ignored this blood-drenched “hockey stick” for decades.