EPAMaddi Gillel

In 1972, Richard M. Nixon instituted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  One of the first actions taken was to ban DDT.  DDT had saved the lives of countless Americans and Europeans.  It was then  banned in a frenzy of ‘misguided environmental zeal and population control.’  They then denied the benefits of this wonder drug to Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans.  Yellow fever, malaria, and typhus thusly continued to take their toll on the ‘socially inferior’ (Margaret Sanger’s phrasing – Planned Parenthood) populations of the earth. Malaria kills approximately 1 million people every year, and most are children in sub-Saharan Africa.


The claim was that DDT harmed robins (their population actually increased by a factor of 12 in the U.S. when it was used), and caused the eggshells of eagles to be too thin to sustain the life of the eagle embryo (proven to be a false claim).  Many of you remember all this.  I remember thinking “just a minute, maybe all this is true, but it’s SAVING HUMAN LIVES.”  Upon closer inspection of the DDT situation, saving lives wasn’t what policymakers were after-just the opposite.  They wanted to reduce the population by hundreds of thousands. After all, they were worried about how these people were going to survive in their huge populations. (So you kill them, or allow them to die, to save them, as in deer populations?)


DDT also killed moths, the Colorado potato beetle (which threatened Switzerland’s food supply), and other crop-destroying insects, lice, and bedbugs. DDT was deemed safe, effective, and inexpensive.


William Ruckelshaus, head of EPA, singlehandedly outlawed almost all use of DDT.  He had not attended one hearing, read one report and ignored the committee’s findings that DDT’s benefits far outweighed its risks.  Ruckelshaus shot to the top of the infamous list of mass-murderers:

Hitler –  20.9 million deaths

Stalin – 61.9 million deaths

Mao Tse-Tung – 77 million deaths

Ruckelshaus – Between 100 million –  to more than the above combined

(DDT BAN BREEDS DEATH – Ed Hiserodt and Rebecca Terrell – New American June 17, 2013 p.10-17)

  • jessie elizabeth
    Posted at 10:48h, 14 March

    Rachel Carson, Silent Spring published in 1962 facilitated the ban. She and Al Gore should go bowling sometime. Look, we get it – we should do all we can to protect our world – but at the expense of humantiy? backwards, untutored thinking! Test them for common sense: negative. This is a wow article – very enlightening! …had never heard of Ruckelshaus

  • Dorraine Thomas
    Posted at 17:28h, 20 March

    I’d never heard of this Ruckelshaus either. WOW. I’d like to read the “silent spring.” And your numbers on murders?! I never knew anyone had outdone Hitler!

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