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The Green Death

posted at 12:58 am on February 16, 2010 by

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.

The motivation behind Silent Spring, the suppression of nuclear power, the global-warming scam, and other outbreaks of environmentalist lunacy is the worship of centralized power and authority. The author, Rachel Carson, didn’t set out to kill sixty million people – she was a fanatical believer in the newly formed religion of radical environmentalism, whose body count comes from callousness, rather than blood thirst. The core belief of the environmental religion is the fundamental uncleanliness of human beings. All forms of human activity are bad for the environment… most especially including the activity of large private corporations. Deaths in faraway Africa barely registered on the radar screen of the growing Green movement, especially when measured against the exhilarating triumph of getting a sinful pesticide banned, at substantial cost to an evil corporation.

Those who were initiated into the higher mysteries of environmentalism saw the reduction of the human population as a benefit, although they’re generally more circumspect about saying so in public these days. As quoted by Walter Williams, the founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome, Alexander King, wrote in 1990: “My own doubts came when DDT was introduced. In Guayana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem.” Another charming quote comes from Dr. Charles Wurster, a leading opponent of DDT, who said of malaria deaths: “People are the cause of all the problems. We have too many of them. We need to get rid of some of them, and this is as good a way as any.”

Like the high priests of global warming, Rachel Carson knew what she was doing. She claimed DDT would actually destroy all life on Earth if its use continued – the “silent spring” of the title is a literal description of the epocalypse she forecast. She misused a quote from Albert Schweitzer about atomic warfare, implying the late doctor agreed with her crusade against pesticide by dedicating her book to him… when, in fact, Schweitzer viewed DDT as a “ray of hope” against disease-carrying insects. Some of the scientists attempting to debunk her hysteria went so far as to eat chunks of DDT to prove it was harmless, but she and her allies simply ignored them, making these skeptics the forerunners of today’s “global warming deniers” – absolutely correct and utterly vilified. William Ruckleshaus disregarded nine thousand pages of testimony when he imposed the DDT ban. Then as now, the science was settled… beneath a mass of politics and ideology.

Another way Silent Spring forecast the global-warming fraud was its insistence that readers ignore the simple evidence of reality around them. One of the founding myths of modern environmentalism was Carson’s assertion that bird eggs developed abnormally thin shells due to DDT exposure, leading the chicks to be crushed before they could hatch. As detailed in this American Spectator piece from 2005, no honest experimental attempt to produce this phenomenon has ever succeeded – even when using concentrations of DDT a hundred times greater than anything that could be encountered in nature. Carson claimed thin egg shells were bringing the robin and bald eagle to the edge of extinction… even as the bald eagle population doubled, and robins filled the trees. Today, those eagles and robins shiver in a blanket of snow caused by global warming.

The DDT ban isn’t the only example of environmental extremism coming with a stack of body bags. Mandatory gas mileage standards cause about 2,000 deaths per year, by compelling automakers to produce lighter, more fragile cars. The biofuel mania has led resources to be shifted away from growing food crops, resulting in higher food prices and starvation. Worst of all, the economic damage inflicted by the environmentalist religion directly correlates to life-threatening reductions in the human standard of living. The recent earthquake in Haiti is only the latest reminder that poverty kills, and collectivist politics are the most formidable engine of poverty on Earth.

Environmental extremism is a breathless handmaiden for collectivism. It pours a layer of smooth, creamy science over a relentless hunger for power. Since the boogeymen of the Green movement threaten the very Earth itself with imminent destruction, the environmentalist feels morally justified in suspending democracy and seizing the liberty of others. Of course we can’t put these matters to a vote! The dimwitted hicks in flyover country can’t understand advanced biochemistry or climate science. They might vote the wrong way, and we can’t risk the consequences! The phantom menaces of the Green movement can only be battled by a mighty central State. Talk of representation, property rights, and even free speech is madness when such a threat towers above the fragile ecosphere, wheezing pollutants and coughing out a stream of dead birds and drowned polar bears. You can see why the advocates of Big Government would eagerly race across a field of sustainable, organic grass to sweep environmentalists into their arms, and spin them around in the ozone-screened sunlight.

Green philosophy provides vital nourishment for the intellectual vanity of leftists, who get to pat themselves on the back for saving the world through the control-freak statism they longed to impose anyway. One of the reasons for the slow demise of the climate-change nonsense is that it takes a long time to let so much air out of so many egos. Calling “deniers” stupid and unpatriotic was very fulfilling. Likewise, you’ll find modern college campuses teeming with students – and teachers – who will fiercely insist that DDT thins egg shells and causes cancer. Environmentalism is a primitive religion which thrives by telling its faithful they’re too sophisticated for mere common sense.

The legacy of Silent Spring provides an object lesson in the importance of bringing the global-warming con artists to trial. No one was ever forced to answer for the misery inflicted by that book, or the damage it dealt to serious science. Today Rachel Carson is still celebrated as a hero, the secular saint who transformed superstition and hysteria into a Gospel for the modern god-state. The tactics she deployed against DDT resurfaced a decade later, in the Alar scare. It’s a strategy that offers great reward, and very little risk. We need to increase the risk factor, and frighten the next generation of junk scientists into being more careful with their research. If we don’t, the Church of Global Warming will just reappear in a few years, wearing new vestments and singing new hymms… but still offering the same communion of poverty, tyranny, and death.

Cross-posted at www.doczero.org.

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Funny, back in college a “green death” was a carefully poured, three-layered shot of 80-proof green creme de menthe, 100-proof peppermint schnapps, and Bacardi 151 — all served from bottles kept in the freezer.

The theory was that the alcohol couldn’t get absorbed until it hit body temperature — and the sweetness would get sharpened by the chill.

cthulhu on February 16, 2010 at 1:22 AM

Oh, what? A substantive comment?

It’s another great DZ post, and will get promoted to the front page soon enough — and there’ll be room enough for substantive comments there.

Guy’s got enough of a track record that his stuff might as well debut on the front page — not to besmirch (volume) Ed (heart and volume) and (volume) Allah’s (wit and volume) contributions (voluminous) at all…..

cthulhu on February 16, 2010 at 1:31 AM

This link relates to a lawsuit settled by the US Gov’t related to the import-export bank and it’s lending practices overseas, particularly relating to energy development and carbon emissions, i.e., AGW, filed by Greenpeace, et al.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/17634

And this one relates to AGW in general but also discusses some lawyered-up Eskimos looking to hit the lawsuit lotto:

http://americanjusticepartnership.org/wordpress/?p=18

And it you haven’t read this on the history of DDT, it a good compilation, short, to the sweet spots:

http://www.junkscience.com/ddtfaq.html

You’re dead on Dr.0. Only thing is, we can’t get tort reform discussions started in any healthcare initiatives, so it is hard to think that there is any chance to keep them at bay on this AGW scam. They’ll drive this issue long after we all freeze. Then they’ll start those lawsuits as well. Ergo, the lawyers will also lack the moral fortitude to breach the good ole’ boy system and prosecute each other. Too much money to be made on cooling, warming and DDT to want any of it shut down. And besides, lawyers are the majority in Congress.

Vote early, vote often.

Robert17 on February 16, 2010 at 3:54 AM

What an unbelievable gift we have here with the Doctor’s mind. Bravo. One step at a time and we shall indeed “slay” the Dragon…………

Cinday Blackburn on February 16, 2010 at 7:43 AM

The utopia of environmentalism has always been a soylent green world.

percysunshine on February 16, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Great post. I always try to explain to people who and what “environmentalists” are. Sometimes people simply just can’t grasp the evil.

darwin on February 16, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Oddly enough, I’m now hearing that bugs are becoming resistant to DDT, which will eventually render the whole discussion academic. 8/

Sad but not surprising…insects are notorious for adapting to our chemical assaults.

Dark-Star on February 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Ed, Allah:

This post begs promotion to the front page. And to be re-run there on “Earth Day,” aka the Watermelon Christmas.

Blacksmith on February 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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Evrviglnt on February 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Mandatory gas mileage standards cause about 2,000 deaths per year, by compelling automakers to produce lighter, more fragile cars

And how many lives have been saved by people driving these “fragile” cars who crashed into people in non fragile cars with their “fragile” car rather than crashing into them with a big SUV?

MB4 on February 16, 2010 at 6:54 PM

And how many lives have been saved by people driving these “fragile” cars who crashed into people in non fragile cars with their “fragile” car rather than crashing into them with a big SUV?

MB4 on February 16, 2010 at 6:54 PM

I don’t know if the NAS factors such… Darwinian calculations into its statistics. By that brutal calculus, we should be evolving a dominant species of SUV-driving, gas-guzzling alpha jerks, while the weak and eco-conscious will be buried in the wreckage of their Smart Cars and Priuses.

Doctor Zero on February 16, 2010 at 8:45 PM

So these fragile gas-sipping cars wreak havoc on insurance premiums. Ever wonder how much it costs to leave a note on someone’s windshield saying my insurance will cover your broken tail light? A tail light that broke when my wife’s Liberty tapped it cost $1600 cuz it isn’t just the lens, it’s the frame and the adapter kit cuz the original isn’t made any longer for the 2 year old car, and then the rental car for the inconvenienced driver.

ericdijon on February 16, 2010 at 9:23 PM

This needs to be promoted to the front page. Good work once again Doc.

Metanis on February 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Environmental extremism is a breathless handmaiden for collectivism. It pours a layer of smooth, creamy science over a relentless hunger for power.

That’s gold right there. Great post, Doc.

Weight of Glory on February 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Environmental extremism is a breathless handmaiden for collectivism. It pours a layer of smooth, creamy science over a relentless hunger for power. Since the boogeymen of the Green movement threaten the very Earth itself with imminent destruction, the environmentalist feels morally justified in suspending democracy and seizing the liberty of others. Of course we can’t put these matters to a vote! The dimwitted hicks in flyover country can’t understand advanced biochemistry or climate science. They might vote the wrong way, and we can’t risk the consequences! The phantom menaces of the Green movement can only be battled by a mighty central State. Talk of representation, property rights, and even free speech is madness when such a threat towers above the fragile ecosphere, wheezing pollutants and coughing out a stream of dead birds and drowned polar bears. You can see why the advocates of Big Government would eagerly race across a field of sustainable, organic grass to sweep environmentalists into their arms, and spin them around in the ozone-screened sunlight.

Love it. No one turns a phrase quite like Doc.

I first learned about Carson, “Silent Spring” and DDT from reading the author’s notes in the back of one of Michael Crichton’s books, of all places. He made some interesting and compelling comments about global warming/climate change. I had assumed he’d be on that bandwagon and was pleasantly surprised to find he wasn’t.

beachgirlusa on February 16, 2010 at 10:38 PM

When I crack eggs for my daily lunch mess, I notice that some egg shells are robust and difficult to break while a few are noticeably quite thin. Since DDT is no longer available, I conclude that it must be something else, like the chicken which laid the thin shelled eggs didn’t get enough to eat, or didn’t have enough calcium in it’s diet.

As for the other points raised in this most excellent piece of work, the environmentalists will keep using what works. They won’t stop until it doesn’t work any more, or until it costs more than they are willing to pay.

Skandia Recluse on February 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Fabulous article, Dr. Zero!

A few years ago one of my boys (then in High School) asked me who I considered to be the greatest mass-murderer of all time. He was studying world history, and expected “Stalin”, or “Hitler” or “Mau”. I didn’t miss a beat: “Rachel Carson”, I said.

My son was flabbergasted! His Leftwing teachers ADORED Rachel Carson! I explained the rationale…and he got it!

Justrand on February 16, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Wow. Best post I’ve read all week…except maybe for Steyn.

jgapinoy on February 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Why doesn’t the Green Room have the red-letter “Share on Facebook” thingy that the other posts have?

jgapinoy on February 16, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Carson is actually number 2. Check out R. J. Rummel’s site (http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/COM.ART.HTM). He has spent his life calculating how many people various governments killed. By his estimates Mao Tse-tung is number one having killed 76,702,000 people. Stalin is number 3 having killed 43,000,000. And communist governments, are by far, the worse types.

To illustrate that last point, here’s a quote from Rummel’s site:

“In sum the communists probably have murdered something like [148,000,000]*, or [more than]* two-thirds of all those killed by all governments, quasi-governments, and guerrillas from 1900 to 1987. Of course, the world total itself is shocking. It is several times the 38,000,000 battle-dead that have been killed in all this century’s international and domestic wars.”

*Figures and facts updated from new estimates about Mao presented on the first page of his site.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 16, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Another great essay, Doc. Keep up the good work!

“Environmentalism is a primitive religion which thrives by telling its faithful they’re too sophisticated for mere common sense.” – Doctor Zero

Love it!

ROCnPhilly on February 16, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Great work Doc. For many years I have pointed out to my liberal friends that Rachel Carson has more blood on her hands than any human that has ever walked the planet.

azkenreid on February 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I’ve been waiting for this one, Doctor Zero, and I was not disappointed.

Green Death, indeed.

I wonder how many of these high-minded saviors of the Mother-ship Gaia would be as bellicose if forced to live by their prescriptions for everyone else. Not many, if Al “Eco-Yacht” Gore and his ilk are any indication.

Our education system has led to the propagation of many of these unfounded environmentally “friendly” ideas, and this will make for choppy waters in the quest for reality to take hold and right the ship of common sense.

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 11:26 PM

So the “Green Room” now need a name change! The Yellow Gold Room! Yeah, Gold Room.

It gives me great pleasure to see the envirowhackos going down in flames.

SouthernGent on February 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Rather, I should have said: The liberal stranglehold on our education system has led…..

Clarity, hillbilly…for the love of Gaia.

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Great writeup, Doc. Thanks.

Carson, evil Malthusian witch of the left, is still celebrated by the nitwit left as the savior of Bambi, or something.

These are the sick lefties who cry about a rabbit that gets run over by a car, but couldn’t care less about a starving child in Africa…or a kid with malaria.

Jaibones on February 16, 2010 at 11:35 PM

It gives me great pleasure to see the envirowhackos going down in flames.

SouthernGent on February 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM

How can you be so insensitive? Flames? FLAMES? Imagine the CO2 footprint. You callous bustard.

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Dr. Z continues to impress. Well researched, well written, clear as water, and on the freakin’ money. CK, are you taking notes?

pugwriter on February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Well written article, Doc Zero. Here’s the logo to use for it:

Green Fascism

theCork on February 17, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Zero is worth a million. I enjoy you on the Rusty Humphry show too. Bravo. I’ll share this with my leftist teacher friends tomorrow.

Mojave Mark on February 17, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Everyone on this blog needs to copy and paste this into an e-mail with your entire address book, and tell them to do the same…

Doc, this is so true, these people need to be held accountable, and a hearing and hand slap will not do!

Seven Percent Solution on February 17, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Dr Z, excellent writeup. This has been my beef for a long, long time, since I first stumbled upon reports of conclusive studies being tossed in order to promote gaia.

More than a few Africans are well aware of this ‘benign’ attempt to kill off the people, yet are next to powerless to buy or make DDT in sufficient quantities to eradicate malaria, much like we eradicated smallpox, cholera etc in the developed countries. Instead they’re offered the placebo known as nets. Those blue flimsies are nothing but a cruel joke.

Speaking of which, whatever happended to those commercials urging us to donate money for nets? Must have been a passing fad. Gave the enviros a nice fuzzy feeling until it fell off the radar. Meanwhile people die needlessly by the millions from something that could well have been extinct by now. And our soldiers put at risk of serious side effects from drugs meant to replace quinine.

AH_C on February 17, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Yet another of environmentalism’s crimes against humanity has been its staunch opposition to development of genetically engineered crops. They produce more food, more consistently, than non-engineered crops, but between laws the environmentalists have gotten passed (especially in the EU) and propaganda about “frankenfoods” the environmentalists have been moderately successful in preventing widespread adoption — leading to more starvation by humans.

Steven Den Beste on February 17, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Yet another of environmentalism’s crimes against humanity has been its staunch opposition to development of genetically engineered crops. They produce more food, more consistently, than non-engineered crops, but between laws the environmentalists have gotten passed (especially in the EU) and propaganda about “frankenfoods” the environmentalists have been moderately successful in preventing widespread adoption — leading to more starvation by humans.

Steven Den Beste on February 17, 2010 at 12:14 AM

A few people have mentioned “frankenfoods” to me, since I posted the original essay. I would definitely include it in the bill of particulars against irrational environmental extremism.

I’ve been fascinated by how many people have never heard the story of “Silent Spring” before. I thought I might be rehashing something everyone else knew by heart. It’s a story that needs to be retold, to honor the victims of the past, and prevent the victimization of the future.

We can’t let today’s global-warming con artists slink away into the shadows, the way the DDT fanatics got to end their days posturing as epic heroes. These people need to answer for what they did, and what they would have done if they hadn’t been stopped. Both justice and scientific truth demand it.

Doctor Zero on February 17, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Yet another of environmentalism’s crimes against humanity has been its staunch opposition to development of genetically engineered crops. They produce more food, more consistently, than non-engineered crops, but between laws the environmentalists have gotten passed (especially in the EU) and propaganda about “frankenfoods” the environmentalists have been moderately successful in preventing widespread adoption — leading to more starvation by humans.

Steven Den Beste on February 17, 2010 at 12:14 AM

+ 10 Howdy SDB, been a long while since I’ve seen a post of yours.

AH_C on February 17, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Allah, you might as well go ahead and promote all Doc Zero posts to the main page when they are posted. Save us all the waiting.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on February 17, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Dr Zero that is one of your best posts and one that I will email to every one of my contacts which I don’t do often and reserve for very important issues…my contacts can get as mad as I am right now… over 60 million of the most poverty stricken and vulnerble human beings killed…I’ve no doubt this was the point all along…awful…

CCRWM on February 17, 2010 at 12:52 AM

Environmentalism, for many secular people, is their substitute religion. Religions give people meaning and a cause than is bigger than their individual lives and has implications for eternity. Secularists don’t have that, but environmentalism gives them the promise of saving the world for mankind. It’s the best the secularists can do, short of being in a standard organized religion.

mydh12 on February 17, 2010 at 12:53 AM

Celebrated mass-murderesses Rachel Carson and Margret Sanger author genocides on two continents.

Someone remind me why the “Progressives” own the Black vote?

Maquis on February 17, 2010 at 1:00 AM

One step toward holding the warmers accountable would be congressional hearings called by Republicans if they win the house this November. Among others, Al Gore could be required to testify under oath about the bases for his prior testimony.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 17, 2010 at 2:39 AM

Hmmm this is important… I would back hearings. Usually it is the left that does the show trial thing but this is really important that we only have government action on proven science and not hysteria.

Plus, our constitution specifically forbids the government from favoring one religion over anther or setting up a state religion.

We need to officially label this kind of faith-based-science a religion and subject it to the limits of the constitution and forbid our government from promoting it.

This is really not that different from other religious zealots who damage society by trying to save society. These types of religions always look for the heretics and witches.

The death count is staggering and should be fastened tightly to the progressive values religion. They really believe they are so morally superior in every way.

petunia on February 17, 2010 at 3:23 AM

Holy-moly. Instalanched.

cthulhu on February 17, 2010 at 3:35 AM

The enviro whackism has even infected the Vancouver games. The Zambonis used on the speed skate and figure skate rinks are ECO Zambonis i.e. they don’t work. Instead of zooming round on gasoline or whatever it is Zambonis are propelled by, these ones are ELECTRIC. Just like a Prius, which gives you an idea of their efficiency. It takes longer and they don’t cut the ice as well. Now the rinks have to get their Zambonis from Calgary.

Ozwitch on February 17, 2010 at 4:54 AM

Green philosophy provides vital nourishment for the intellectual vanity of leftists, who get to pat themselves on the back for saving the world through the control-freak statism they longed to impose anyway.

Write this on your hand.
Or, maybe, tatoo the phrase…
It is a keeper.

Haiku Guy on February 17, 2010 at 6:07 AM

Thank you again Doctor for your genius. God Bless.

Cinday Blackburn on February 17, 2010 at 7:01 AM

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