Brian Schmidt tries to track down a source for the quote “People Are Pollution” that John Ray claims was the slogan of Zero Population Growth. Ray was unable to give a source for his quote, which would seem to be bogus. Schmidt concludes:
I don’t think Ray is intentionally dishonest (unlike Benny Peiser) but I suspect the quality of his work on this slogan, given how often he repeats it, indicates how much one should trust anything from him that does not come with independent documentation.
A while ago I exchanged several emails with Ray trying to get him to correct his false claim that:
Malaria had almost been wiped out before DDT — one of the world’s safest chemicals — was banned under the pressure of baseless Greenie panic-mongering about a “silent spring”
When I pointed him to my refutation of his claim, he demanded I provide articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals to prove him wrong, even though he had no peer-reviewed articles to support his claim. I pointed out that my posts linked to several such articles. Ray responded by accusing me of lying because he could not find them. I cut and pasted the URLs from my posts and he eventually read one of the articles and produced this:
There have been reports too numerous to mention about the banning of DDT coinciding with a rise in malaria deaths in the Third World. It would appear however that the relationship between the two events has not been straightforward in at least some cases. One of my more dedicated readers has drawn my attention to this academic journal article (PDF) which reviews the use of DDT in India. As is occasionally mentioned, Third World countries were exempted from the ban at their own discretion and it appears from the article that India already had its own DDT factories so continued to use it. After some years, however, the mosquitoes developed resistance to DDT so it was that resistance which caused malaria to rebound in India rather than the banning of DDT.
So far so good, I guess, apart from not linking or acknowledging me by name. But how is going to fit this into his worldview (which is “Leftists and greens eat babies”). Well if the greens aren’t to blame for resurgent malaria in India, then….
The real problem behind the malaria resurgence, then, was the quite criminal bureaucratic incompetence of India’s socialist government in allowing resistance to develop. … Moral of the story? If the Greenies don’t get you the socialists will!
What did those socialists do wrong? Well, they skimped on the funding and didn’t spray enough. Curse those socialists for not making the government big enough!