|The Deadly Costs Of DDT Hysteria|
|Written by K. Daniel Glover|
|Monday, 14 September 2009 14:58|
DDT is a lifesaver, but most of America doesn't know it because environmentalists and their allies in the liberal media have portrayed the mosquito-killing pesticide as a poison for decades.
Not Evil Just Wrong shatters the myths about DDT and exposes Rachel Carson and her 1963 book "Silent Spring" as the deadly inspiration for a worldwide ban against it, but newsmakers need to take up that cause, too. That's why it was great to see Glenn Beck of Fox News tackle the subject in a segment earlier this month.
The impetus for Beck's broadside against anti-DDT hysteria was Van Jones, the White House "green jobs" czar who resigned this week. Beck showed a clip of Jones praising Carson and "Silent Spring" for triggering a "second wave" of environmentalism that emphasized regulation rather than just conservation.
"That did open up a whole new wave for the environmental movement," Beck said. "One of those things that it did was make a villain out of the pesticide DDT." He then gave viewers a history lesson about DDT and how it had prevented 500 million deaths worldwide in just two decades - until Carson's book "kicked off a firestorm over the safety of DDT."
The end result: 2.7 million people in Africa alone, most of them younger than five, die every year because of mosquito-borne malaria. It doesn't need to be that way, Beck said, because DDT has never been proven to pose any health threat to humans - even volunteers who ingested huge amounts of it for 18 months as part of a study.
"I'm not saying, 'Hey, let's use DDT for a topping on ice cream,'" Beck argued. "But shouldn't we be killing mosquitoes with DDT? If you care about the people in Africa, the answer is yes."
Beck spent the rest of the segment connecting the dots between radical environmentalism and their real-world implications. Watch the whole thing here.
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