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  • Green State of Denial

    June 6, 2007

    John Tierney's excellent article on Rachel Carson's legacy published in yesterday's New York Times is under attack on the comments section of Tierney's blog.  The responses show that Carson's supporters are in a complete state of denial about her legacy and the impacts of discontinuing DDT use.  They--and anyone else who doubts the adverse impacts of halting DDT use--that should check out WHO Malaria Director Kochi's comments on the topic.  Kochi made a plea to environmentalists last fall, asking them to "help save African babies" by advocating DDT use.

    Also take a look at the,...

  • NYT on Carson

    June 5, 2007

    Today, columnist John Tierney takes on the legacy of Rachel Carson in the New York Times Science section, offering a critique of Carson's alarmism and lamenting the adverse impacts of that approach, similar to CEI's critique on I guess this means that Tierney is also worthy to appear along with me on the Jerry Springer show (see my other post today "Greens Attack Rather than Debate")! Kidding of course. Check out Tierney's great piece, and share your insights on Tierney's blog on the topic entiled "To Spray or not to Spray."

  • Greens Attack Rather than Debate

    June 5, 2007
    Environmental activists from Environmental Defense, the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA), and the Silent Spring Institute refuse to debate me (and probably anyone with my view) about Silent Spring's malaria legacy. I can't blame them. After all, who would want to defend their indefensible position? They refused an invitation for a radio debate/discussion this past weekend. We all were invited for an hour-long interview on Food Chain Radio with host Michael Olsen. The host simply wanted one environmentalist to participate, but could find none. Rather than offer substantive arguments by participating in the show, the groups drafted a joint letter, which Olsen read on the air. Based on their letter, I am not worth their time to debate and instead I would be better...
  • At the Mercy of Regulators

    June 1, 2007
    After a seven-year policy battle, Europe's new chemical law takes effect today. The law is known as REACH—the acronym for the bureaucratic name Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals.

    The Hayek Institute in Brussels and CEI warned that this law will not only be an expensive drain on Europe and the world economy, it means empowering bureaucrats to deprive consumers and businesses the right to engage in free commerce.

    Still, as European bureaucrats set up the REACH regulatory agency this week in Helsinki, they are assuring consumers not to panic because we won't feel the effects of this law in the near term. One told the EU observer: "It is a rough guess and it could happen sooner on...
  • Millions Dead

    May 23, 2007
    Millions dead and that's still not enough for environmental activists to change their colors. Last September, Dr. Arata Kochi, Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Malaria Program, called on the environmental community to "help save African babies as you are helping to save the environment."

    Kochi's plea was part of an announcement that the WHO would seek increased use of the pesticide DDT to fight malaria. Rather than answer his call, green groups continue their crusade against DDT. Leading the charge is the Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides. The Sierra...
  • Coburn Right -- Rachel Wrong

    May 23, 2007
    Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) stands largely alone in efforts to stop congressional initiatives to honor the environmental movement's icon the late Rachel Carson, whose 100th birthday comes this Sunday. Coburn rightly recognizes that the conventional wisdom about Carson's legacy is wrong! Rather than launching a beneficial environmental cause, Carson launched a misinformation campaign that her followers continue without regard for the consequences. And those consequences have been severe. Check out CEI's website Rachel Was Wrong for more analysis on Carson's legacy.

  • A Colossal Tragedy

    May 18, 2007
    A story on today's front page of the Washington Post highlights the life of Rachel Carson. While largely praising Carson, the author does note that Carson's contribution to the banning of DDT remains "controversial." While Carson surely would not have wanted this legacy, "controversial" doesn't begin to describe it. It's an ongoing colossal tragedy—one that Carson's followers could help reverse if only they would aggressively advocate DDT use for malaria control. After all, while Carson was wrong about DDT's public health impacts, she did admit that pesticides are sometimes necessary to address public health emergencies.
  • The Real Risk is to Our Freedom

    May 8, 2007
    News stories about the "toxic" chemicals seem to appear daily in the press. These stories say our health is at risk, but the real risk is to our freedom. In its current issue, USA Today highlights growing state-level regulations to address the dangers associated with many chemical products. Supposedly, the massive EPA bureaucracy isn't enough!

    But what are they saving us from? We are living longer, healthier lives as chemical use expands, and despite claims to the contrary, there isn't compelling evidence of serious problems. Unfortunately, such hype is leading down a path for more massive, unnecessary regulation modeled at Europe's new chemical law. CEI has already documented the problems with this approach.
  • Even a Caveman…

    May 7, 2007
    A Canadian news site notes that activists have recently formed a new “lobby” group called “Prevent Cancer Now.” They want to alert the world to the alleged dangers of man-made chemicals. However, if they really want to make a dent in reducing cancer rates, they should focus on the most likely causes of cancer -- smoking, poor diets, too much sun exposure -- rather than the fact that a man-made chemical “might” pose risk. Evidence that current uses of such man-made chemicals present a serious cancer problem is scant.

    Apparently, activists are aware that the primary causes of cancer are NOT manmade chemicals. One of their spokespersons admits: “We totally accept that smoking causes lung cancer and that lousy diet encourages cancer, and all those things. That's all correct. But there's a whole other side to...
  • Behind the Times

    March 8, 2007
    Today's Globe and Mail reports that a recent study summarizes the “latest scientific evidence” on the dangers of eating too much fish containing trace levels of mercury. They suggest that this study warrants a recent a advisory issued by Health Canada warning pregnant women to limit fish consumption. The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have issued similar advisories.

    Writers at the Globe apparently aren't up to speed on research in this area. Recent studies published in The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association—also discussed in the New York Times and other news sources—raise serious questions about the government advisories and the research on which they are based. Perhaps it's time for the Globe to at least begin reading CEI's blogs, which...


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