Tuesday, January 23, 2007


In many ways the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, about the way pesticides were alleged to be killing birds to such an extent that they would one day soon be wiped out, was the start of the modern environmentalist movement. It certainly introduced all the Grens' favourite hobby horses - unseen poisons, evil big companies manufacturing the aforesaid poisons, evil big companies lying about their poison being safe to make profits, catastrophe that ordinary people know nothing about but only the elite environmentalists do & the ever popular desire to ban things. Also the fact that the research denouncing DDT has been essentially disproved.

It was a hit & as a direct effect the Greens used their full power on western governments, who rarely object to excuses to throw their weight about, to enforce a de facto international ban on DDT.

By this stage DDT had already cleared malaria from the western world (the southern US particularly used to suffer) so they had no worries. Indeed the international campaign against malaria had managed to get deaths worldwide down to 50,000. It is now estimated at 2 million.
Since the supposed ban, two million people a year have died unnecessarily from malaria, mostly children. The ban has caused more than fifty million needless deaths. Banning DDT killed more people than Hitler.
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
There are many other cases one could use - the 25,000 pensioners in Britain who die of hypothermia annually due to fuel poverty when we could halve electricity costs by going nuclear. 150,000 who die from black lung & emphysema as a result of the coal industry, African children who suffer brain damage or death due to lack of protein when we have, but are banning, genetically modified rice with high protein levels.

The Greens are usually portrayed by our media as an ethical cuddly if somewhat weird bunch. Just saying you are nice, in the traditional manner of Tony Blair, is not enough. A movement must be judged by what it does not what it says it wants to do.

The Green movement has clearly killed more people than Hitler & restricted human potential far more. They must be judged on that record.

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