Friday, November 20, 2015

The Dirt On Earth Day: Chemophobia Masquerading As Environmentalism

By Henry I. Miller and Kavin Senapathy, April 20, 2015

Wednesday will be the 45th anniversaryof the first Earth Day.  (Editor's Note: Please note this originally ran on April 20,2015)  Founded by then-U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin), it was held in1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship. In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience, and most activities were organized at the grassroots level.

A driving force of environmentalism in that era was Rachel Carson’s best-selling 1962 book, Silent Spring, an emotionally charged but deeply flawed excoriation of the widespread spraying of chemical pesticides on crops and wetlands for the control of crop-devouring and disease-causing insects. Carson’s proselytizing and advocacy led to the virtual banning of DDT and to restrictions on other chemical pesticides in spite of the fact that “Silent Spring” was replete with gross misrepresentations and scholarship so atrocious that if Carson were an academic, she would be guilty of egregious academic misconduct. Carson’s observations about DDT were meticulously rebutted point by point by Dr. J. Gordon Edwards, Professor of Entomology at San Jose State University, a long-time member of the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society, and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. In his stunning 1992 essay, “The Lies of Rachel Carson,” Edwards demolished her arguments and assertions and called attention to critical omissions, faultyassumptions and outright fabrications. For example:....To Read More.....

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