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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Environmental Extremists

"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance." --British historian Alan Bullock (1914-2004)

On Wednesday a crazed walked into the headquarters of the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland armed with a gun and what he claimed wee bombs strapped to his back. James Jay Lee, a 43-year old California man with a seemingly religious fervor for his environmental causes, had a history of targeting the Discovery Channel for its programming. He was upset over the lack of programming dedicated to environmental issue, mainly the continuing population of the earth by “dirty human beings.”

Lee was not a right wing extremists, but a left wing nut influenced by the wittings of Daniel Quinn's "My Ishmael" and Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”. He was a member of the Marxist, flat-earth, environmentalists that have controlled our public discourse on environmental issue for far too long. They have caused immeasurable damage to our society. Fortunately for us the police will able to free the hostages and kill the terrorist. You can read the details by clicking here and here.

If you look at Lee’s web site you will see he was a fanatical left wing environmentalist. As an example he states in demand 6. ”Find solutions for Global Warming, Automotive pollution, International Trade, factory pollution, and the whole blasted human economy. Find ways so that people don't build more housing pollution which destroys the environment to make way for more human filth! Find solutions so that people stop breeding as well as stopping using Oil in order to REVERSE Global warming and the destruction of the planet!” In demand 4 he states,”Civilization must be exposed for the filth it is. That, and all its disgusting religious-cultural roots and greed. Broadcast this message until the pollution in the planet is reversed and the human population goes down! This is your obligation. If you think it isn't, then get hell off the planet! Breathe Oil! It is the moral obligation of everyone living otherwise what good are they??” A few years ago Tom Clancy wrote a book about people like this, it called "Rainbow Six." If you have never read the book you should. It's not only a good story, it illustrates the fanaticism of the radical environmentalists.

I am sure the mainstream media will not report on this jerk’s left wing environmental philosophy as dramatically as it would if he had been referring to the Bible or the Turner Diaries. This was true of the drunken, left wing fanatic who stabbed the Muslim cabbie in New York City. At first reports the perpetrator of the stabbing was reported to be an anti Muslim right winger, but the opposite turned out to be the case. In fact the very cabbie he stabbed was against the construction of the Park51 mosque. You can read Lee’s demands by clicking here.

The damage done by environmental extremists has been great. It has cost jobs, created billions in legal fees, delayed much needed projects and most important it has costs millions of lives.

Lee was a person who was took hostages and was going to kill them if his demands were not listened to. No one died but Lee, so this was merely a case of an environmental extremists leaving the planet he thought so much of. Now the case against Rachel Carson is another matter altogether. Her book “Silent Spring” and the fervor it created in the media against DDT is responsible for millions of people in Asia and Africa dying painful deaths caused by malaria and dengue fever.

Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin on 27 September 1962. The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement throughout the world. The New Yorker started serializing Silent Spring in June 1962, and it was published in book form (with illustrations by Lois and Louis Darling) by Houghton Mifflin later that year. When the book Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read—especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the New York Times best-seller list—and inspired widespread public concerns with pesticides and pollution of the environment. Silent Spring facilitated the ban of the pesticide DDT in 1972 in the United States.

Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) was first synthesized, for no purpose, in 1874 by German chemist Othmar Zeidler. In 1939, Dr. Paul Müller independently produced DDT. Müller found that DDT quickly killed flies, aphids, mosquitoes, walking sticks and Colorado potato beetles. Müller and the Geigy Corporation patented DDT in Switzerland (1940), England (1942) and U.S. (1943).

The first large-scale use of DDT occurred in 1943 when 500 gallons of DDT were produced by Merck & Company and delivered to Italy to help squelch a rapidly spreading epidemic of louse-borne typhus. Later in 1943, the U.S. Army issued small tin boxes of 10 percent DDT dust to its soldiers around the world who used it to kill body lice, head lice and crab lice. Müller won the Nobel Prize in 1948 for his work on DDT, how ironic.

After the end of WWII millions were dusted with DDT to exterminate the typhus carrying body lice that would have caused the death of millions with the highest mortality rate being babies and children. Eventually DDT was used in Africa, South America and Mexico to eradicate malaria by exterminating the disease carrying mosquito. Thousands of lives were being saved each year by the use of DDT.

In May 1955 the Eighth World Health Assembly adopted a Global Malaria Eradication Campaign based on the widespread use of DDT against mosquitoes and of anti-malarial drugs to treat malaria and to eliminate the parasite in humans. As a result of the Campaign, malaria was eradicated by 1967 from all developed countries where the disease was endemic and large areas of tropical Asia and Latin America were freed from the risk of infection. The Malaria Eradication Campaign was only launched in three countries of tropical Africa since it was not considered feasible in the others. Despite these achievements, improvements in the malaria situation could not be maintained indefinitely by time-limited, highly prescriptive and centralized programs.

I can still remember the CBS news show 60-Minutes doing a report on DDT. Carson was interviewed and her book quoted vociferously. Statements such as DDT caused increases in breast and liver cancer, the thinning of bird’s eggs, the reduction in the bald eagle, brown pelican and peregrine falcon population were tossed about like so many Frisbees. Photos of deformed children, attributed to DDT, were shown. After the 60-Minutes show public outrage began to grow against the use of DDT. This was pure demagoguery.

Population control advocates blamed DDT for increasing third world population. In the 1960s, World Health Organization authorities believed there was no alternative to the overpopulation problem but to assure than up to 40 percent of the children in poor nations would die of malaria. An official of the Agency for International Development (USAID) stated, "Rather dead than alive and riotously reproducing."

Professor J. Gordon Edwards, professor of entomology at San Jose State University and Steven Milloy, publisher of junkscience write that; “The environmental movement used DDT as a means to increase their power. Charles Wurster, chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), commented, "If the environmentalists win on DDT, they will achieve a level of authority they have never had before.. In a sense, much more is at stake than DDT." The case against DDT was giving the radical environmentalists of the EDF and other environmentalist groups, like the Sierra Club, power – a power that would grow over the years to what it is today.”

“The newly formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now took up the case against DDT. William Ruckelshaus, the EPA administrator, who made the ultimate decision to ban DDT in 1972, was a member of the Environmental Defense Fund. Ruckelshaus solicited donations for EDF on his personal stationery that read "EDF's scientists blew the whistle on DDT by showing it to be a cancer hazard, and three years later, when the dust had cleared, EDF had won."

“But as an assistant attorney general, William Ruckelshaus stated on August 31, 1970 in a U.S. Court of Appeals that "DDT has an amazing an exemplary record of safe use, does not cause a toxic response in man or other animals, and is not harmful. Carcinogenic claims regarding DDT are unproven speculation." But in a May 2, 1971 address to the Audubon Society, Ruckelshaus stated, "As a member of the Society, myself, I was highly suspicious of this compound, to put it mildly. But I was compelled by the facts to temper my emotions – because the best scientific evidence available did not warrant such a precipitate action. However, we in the EPA have streamlined our administrative procedures so we can now suspend registration of DDT and the other persistent pesticides at any time during the period of review." Ruckelshaus later explained his ambivalence by stating that as assistant attorney general he was an advocate for the government, but as head of the EPA he was "a maker of policy."

“Environmental activists planned to defame and demonize scientists and researchers who defended DDT. In an uncontradicted deposition in a federal lawsuit, Victor Yannacone, a founder of the Environmental Defense Fund, testified that he attended a meeting in which Roland Clement of the Audubon Society and officials of the Environmental Defense Fund decided that University of California-Berkeley professor and DDT-supporter Thomas H. Jukes was to be muzzled by attacking his credibility. The environmentalists were taking control of the dialogue just as the Left controls it today.”

“Extensive hearings on DDT before an EPA administrative law judge occurred during 1971-1972. The EPA hearing examiner, Judge Edmund Sweeney, concluded that "DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man... DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man – The use of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds or other wildlife."

“Overruling the EPA hearing examiner, EPA administrator Ruckelshaus banned DDT in 1972. Ruckelshaus never attended a single hour of the seven months of EPA hearings on DDT. Ruckelshaus' aides reported he did not even read the transcript of the EPA hearings on DDT.”

“After reversing the EPA hearing examiner's decision, Ruckelshaus refused to release materials upon which his ban was based. Ruckelshaus rebuffed USDA efforts to obtain those materials through the Freedom of Information Act, claiming that they were just "internal memos." Scientists were therefore prevented from refuting the false allegations in the Ruckelshaus' "Opinion and Order on DDT."

The ensuing years saw a dramatic increase in malaria, typhoid and dengue fever in second and third world countries. In the United States Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan were malaria free. Since the ban on the use of DDT in the U.S. malaria is beginning to occur in these areas. The ban on using DDT is also attributed to the rise of bed bug infestation in the United States, bugs that were almost nonexistent a few years ago. With the increase in bed bugs being carried in the luggage of many immigrants and visitors from Africa, Asia and Mexico the bed bug population is growing in places like Florida and California and we have lost our biggest weapon to use against them.

In July 2007 National Geographic Magazine published a feature article on the increase of Malaria throughout the world.  The article states; “The global eradication effort did achieve some notable successes. Malaria was virtually wiped out in much of the Caribbean and South Pacific, from the Balkans, from Taiwan. In Sri Lanka, there were 2.8 million cases of malaria in 1946, and a total of 17 in 1963. In India, malaria deaths plummeted from 800,000 a year to scarcely any.”

"In several places where malaria had been on the brink of extinction, including both Sri Lanka and India, the disease came roaring back. And in much of sub-Saharan Africa, malaria eradication never really got started. The WHO program largely bypassed the continent, and smaller scale efforts made little headway.”

"The ban on DDT," says Dr. Gwadz of the National Institutes of Health, "may have killed 20 million children."

As a memorial to these children Rachel Carson's home in Colesville, Maryland where she wrote Silent Spring was named a National Historic Landmark and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection State Office Building in Harrisburg is named in her honor. On June 9, 1980, Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States (Jimmy Carter). There is also the Rachel Carson Bridge in Pittsburgh. Carson's birthplace and childhood home in Springdale, Pennsylvania—now known as the Rachel Carson Homestead—became a National Register of Historic Places site, and the nonprofit Rachel Carson Homestead Association was created in 1975 to manage it.

These children died due to junk science, media demagoguery, demonization of opposition views and the power of the radical environmentalists. Today these are the same tactics being used to push climate change and Cap and Trade. Since Ruckelshaus’ (a Republican appointee of Richard Nixon) the Democrat Party has been in the pocket of the environmentalist. Hollywood loves to make films, like “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012” where environmentalists are the heroes and conservatives the bad guys. This is just another way of controlling the dialogue. They will bend science to fit their agenda and use it to gain even greater power. Like the golden goose of race baiting politicians will use environmental issues to get elected. They will also use the money donated by organizations such as the EDF and Sierra Club to fund their campaigns. Environmentalism is just another golden goose of left wing politics and a form of soft tyranny.

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