From the people who gave you “CO2: We call it life“, we now have a website: “Rachel Carson: we call her a baby killer“. They have pictures of children they allege Carson killed on every single page of the site.
And while they have several pages and thousands of words on DDT and on malaria, nowhere do they mention that mosquitoes can evolve resistance to DDT. And they conceal what Carson wrote about DDT and malaria:
No responsible person contends that insect-borne disease should be ignored. The question that has now urgently presented itself is whether it is either wise or responsible to attack the problem by methods that are rapidly making it worse. The world has heard much of the triumphant war against disease through the control of insect vectors of infection, but it has heard little of the other side of the story – the defeats, the short-lived triumphs that now strongly support the alarming view that the insect enemy has been made actually stronger by our efforts. Even worse, we may have destroyed our very means of fighting. …
What is the measure of this setback? The list of resistant species now includes practically all of the insect groups of medical importance. … Malaria programmes are threatened by resistance among mosquitoes. …
Practical advice should be ‘Spray as little as you possibly can’ rather than ‘Spray to the limit of your capacity’ …, Pressure on the pest population should always be as slight as possible.
And she was right. Because DDT was widely used, mosquitoes evolved resistance. In Sri Lanka, for example, this lead to a worsening epidemic and hundreds of thousands of cases of malaria as DDT became ineffective. The ban on the agricultural use of DDT that Carson inspired saved lives by slowing the development of resistance.
In conjunction with their Carson hate-site the CEI are also offering their expert, Angela Logomasini (she has a degree in politics, not malariology) for interviews about Rachel Carson’s legacy. You just know that some lazy reporters will balance their stories about Carson by quoting an environmentalist about great Carson was and then quoting Logomasini screeching about how Carson killed millions of people. And you just know that they won’t check Logomasini’s claims for accuracy.
Meanwhile Senator Tom Coburn has blocked a resolution to honour Rachel Carson, accusing her of causing the death of millions of people. And CEI alumnus Ron Bailey joins the chorus with a post blaming Carson for the deaths of millions from insect-borne diseases like malaria. In his post and in his articles he links, nowhere does he mention insecticide resistance or what Carson wrote about it. What a surprise.