It all started with a post office. Ed noticed that a senator didn’t want to name a post office after Carson and made some wacky claims about DDT. What I didn’t realize when I read his excellent post was that there appears to be a movement afoot to tar and feather Rachel Carson.
Deltoid has been out in front in addressing some of this BS, and I hope to join him soon. If you look through the archives on his site, you will probably find yourself, like me, reading with your mouth hanging open in amazement.
I want to jump in here with some actual data on mosquitoes, DDT, and malaria, but the amount of horse hockey that’s been thrown around is just so huge, I’m having trouble finding a spot to start. When people make comparisons between Rachel Carson and Hitler in number of people killed, it’s hard to know what to say.
Except maybe: “Are you on crack? WTF???”
I’m assuming you would prefer a more nuanced approach than that.
Ed did some of the work for me, with a follow up to his initial post, and uncovered some interesting connections to Lyndon LaRouche, of all people. (Isn’t he dead yet??) What I’m noticing is a tendency to rely on very old data, and to ignore…well…FACTS.
UPDATED 6/26/07 TO ADD:
Here are the main posts addressing the issues so far: