October 12, 2005
Environmentalism Kills Africans
Posted by Dave Blount at October 12, 2005 8:58 PM
Runaway environmentalism isn't just bad for the economy — it's bad for human health. Take the case of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane). This wonder chemical has saved millions of lives by killing the one species that has given the human race the most trouble — the mosquito. According to a WaPo op ed, the National Academy of Sciences estimated in 1970 that DDT had prevented 500 million deaths.
It would be saving millions of lives still, if it hadn't fallen afoul of environmentalists.
DDT has proven highly effective against the spread of typhus, dengue, and yellow fever, but it's best known from combating malaria, which would make it highly useful in Uganda, which had 12 million cases of malaria out of a population of 27 million in 2003. But the European Union doesn't approve of DDT, and is threatening Ugandans with crippling import restrictions if they employ the chemical.
There's no solid evidence that DDT is harmful to people. But when it comes to moonbattery, you don't need evidence, you just need to believe. One million people a year still die from malaria. But the most effective weapon against it can't be used, in order to indulge elite bureaucrats in their fashionably kooky environmentalism.
Thanks to Byron for the tip.