The claim that millions have lost their lives as a result of the withdrawal of DDT is hotly contested among scientists. Speculation over the number of deaths caused by the withdrawal of DDT ranges from thousands to tens of millions.
Yes, his counter perspective is just a smaller lie. Anyone interested in the truth can easily discover that the anti-malarial use of DDT has never been banned, and that by slowing the evolution of resistance, the ban on the agricultural use of DDT has saved lives.
Update: Dorothy Parker has written a thorough dissection of the rest of Sheehan’s nonsense.
Update 2: Jarrah Job is also appalled by Sheehan’s piece.