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February 27, 2017
How many deaths can the University of California at Santa Cruz ignore?
Much has been written about Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring and the claims Carson made about the dangers of the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, known as DDT, which led to various prohibitions on its use, despite its effectiveness at killing mosquitoes that carry malaria. A search for "Rachel Carson" or "DDT" at the website of the Competitive Enterprise Institute yields many articles critical of Carson, as does a separate CEI website. In his article published on September 27, 2012 in The New Atlantis, titled "The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring," Robert Zubrin makes a convincing case that Carson's claims about DDT were false. Even a Bill Moyers Journal episode on the Public Broadcasting System in September 2007 titled "Rachel Carson and DDT" stated: Still, even Carson supporters agree that certain assertions she made regarding the dangerous effects of DDT,...(Read Full Post)