Written on Saturday, August 27, 2011 by Nathaniel Davidson
My favorite candidate for President, Michele Bachmann, has recently called for the repeal of the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, which is really the Employment Prevention Agency. This bureaucracy cares nothing for the fact that unemployment is itself a serious health hazard—“increasing mortality rates, causing physical and mental ill-health and greater use of health services,” according to a medical journal article.
Of course, the Left has attacked her furiously for this, and for many other things (aka for being a conservative). Yet let them try to find the EPA in the Constitution! This explicitly mandated only three branches of government, which would mutually check and balance each other. The EPA is in effect a fourth branch of government, combining both legislative and executive powers. Dr Thomas Sowell, economist and Patriot columnist, calls this an “end-run” around the Constitution, replacing “We the People” with “We the Bureaucrats”.
For example, the EPA has explicitly contradicted the Constitutionally-mandated legislative branch—Congress—in their mad crusade to declare CO2 a poison rather than the plant food and component of exhaled air that it is. For more on the global warm-mongering scam and other fallacies, see my previous column Ecofascist idiocy.
Many of the Left attack the free market for being “selfish” and “greedy”, so want to put more things under the control of government. But they are wilfully ignorant of the fact that they are universal traits of mankind, including politicians and bureaucrats. It is hardly an accident that bureaucrats, free from the constraints of having to please customers, use their power for self-aggrandisement and pushing their own agenda (see also Patriot column The Greed Myth). The EPA is no exception, since from the beginning it was captured by environmental radicals who used their new-found power to push their agenda and trample over ordinary Americans.
But even the CO2 ban is hardly the worst thing the EPA has done. Some of their earliest actions should earn them the title: “Exterminating People Agency”.
Most of us have heard of DDT, which stands for the complex name of the insecticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (and this is a short form for its technical name 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-di(4-chlorophenyl)ethane!). It was first made in 1874 by the Austrian chemist Othmar Zeidler.
However, in 1939, the Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Müller discovered that it was an extremely powerful insect killer, even in tiny amounts. This provided a new weapon in the fight against deadly insect-borne diseases. For this, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1948 “for his discovery of the high efficiency of DDT as a contact poison against several arthropods [one of the largest groups in the animal kingdom, which includes all insects, spiders, tics and mites].”
In the Award Ceremony Speech, Professor G. Fischer explained that it was used to control a terrible outbreak of typhus in Naples during WW2, which had resisted previous treatments. It was carried by a louse described as “the mass killer which has slaughtered 200 million people in Europe and Asia alone.” But DDT annihilated the lice that carried the disease, with the result:
“1,300,000 people were treated in January 1944 and in a period of three weeks the typhus epidemic was completely mastered. Thus, for the first time in history a typhus outbreak was brought under control in winter. DDT had passed its ordeal by fire with flying colours.”
Furthermore, DDT is essentially non-toxic to humans. Leading entomologist Dr Gordon Edwards recalls that during WW2:
“I was ordered to dust every soldier in our company with an insecticidal powder that had just been received. For two weeks I dusted the insecticide on soldiers and civilians, breathing the fog of white dust for several hours each day. The body lice were killed, and the DDT persisted long enough to kill young lice when they emerged from the eggs. Fortunately, no human beings have ever been harmed by DDT.”
In fact, DDT is even safe enough to eat! Economist Walter Williams points out:
“In one long-term study, volunteers ate 32 ounces of DDT for a year and a half, and 16 years later, they suffered no increased risk of adverse health effects.”
DDT subsequently became famous for almost eradicating the deadly mosquito-borne plague of malaria. The World Health Organization points out:
“Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths.”
But DDT proved to be a lifesaver. Dr Williams says:
“What were the effects? In what is now Sri Lanka, there were 2,800,000 malaria cases and 7,300 malaria deaths in 1948; with the use of DDT there were only 17 cases and no deaths in 1964. After DDT use was discontinued, Sri Lankan malaria cases rose to 500,000 in 1969.
“Worldwide, malaria’s devastating effects all but ended during the time that DDT use was widespread, roughly from 1950 to 1970.”
Again, it’s extremely low toxicity was very important, as Dr Edwards says:
“To control Anopheles mosquitoes, DDT was sprayed on inside walls once or twice a year. In 1959, spraymen applied 60,000 tons of DDT to the inside walls of 100 million houses. There was never any need to wear masks or protective clothing while doing DDT spraying. No adverse effects were ever experienced by the 130,000 spraymen or the 535 million people living in the sprayed houses.”
By contrast, many alternative insecticides are highly toxic to people, as well as about five to ten times more expensive.
It is thus not surprising that the U.S. National Academy of Sciences stated in 1970:
“To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT.… In little more than two decades DDT has prevented 500 million human deaths, due to malaria, that would otherwise have been inevitable.”
Despite its proven life-saving abilities, the environmentalists didn’t like it. In 1962, a fanatical environmentalist called Rachel Carson wrote her book Silent Spring. In reality, she was an embittered woman blaming DDT and other pesticides for the cancer that contributed to her death two years later. The title of her book alluded to the deaths of birds because pesticides allegedly thinned the egg shells, thus chicks would not hatch to sing in Spring.
In reality, bird shells began to thin almost 50 years before DDT, as shown by a study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B in 1998. And such concern by environmentalists is hypocritical in the extreme, because their beloved wind turbines have devastated bald eagles (see this video)!
But this hysteria led to the newly formed EPA holding scientific hearings into DDT. The presiding judge, Edmund Sweeney, ruled that DDT should not be banned, noting:
“The uses of DDT under the registration involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds or other wildlife. … DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. … DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man …”
But this was not good enough for the EPA, already captured by environmental fanatics determined to use their power. Its administrator, William Ruckelshaus, had close ties to the Environmental Defense Fund. So although he didn’t attend even an hour of the hearings, he overruled Sweeney, and banned DDT single-handedly.
Although the ban led to a dramatic resurgence of malaria, that had all been wiped out, this didn’t worry the EPA. Indeed, some of their fellow travellers were happy with the greatly increased death toll. Dr Williams documented some of their hatred of humanity:
“The fact that DDT saves lives might account for part of the hostility toward it. Alexander King, founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome, wrote in a biographical essay in 1990: ‘My own doubts came when DDT was introduced. In Guyana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem.’ Dr. Charles Wurster, one of the major opponents of DDT, is reported to have said, ‘People are the cause of all the problems. We have too many of them. We need to get rid of some of them, and this (referring to malaria deaths) is as good a way as any.’”
Strange how none of these population control fanatics want to lead by example, volunteering to be the first to be eliminated (maybe by dying a miserable death from as well?)… Libertarian P.J. O’Rourke commented in his satire All the Trouble in the World (1994):
“‘Malthus,’ says Vice President Al Gore in Earth in the Balance, ‘was right in predicting that the population would grow geometrically.’ Al, as the father of four children, should know.”
A candidate who wants to curtail this evil anti-job and anti-humanity agency, as Bachmann does, deserves our support. Further, we need to hold the EPA’s defenders’ feet to the fire about the blood on their hands—the millions of lives that their fanatical policies have cost. This should be made known and should not be swept under the rug any longer.