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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

DDT

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

Naomi Oreskes , Erik M. Conway

2010

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2017-06-10

'Thomas Sowell, a conservative writer associated with the Hover Institution insists, "There has not been a mass murderer executed in the past half-century who has been responsible for as many deaths of human beings as the sainted Rachael Carson."' - Merchants of Doubt

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Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
or the Malarial
dis-sease

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The chapter is brining up a resurgent campaign against the environmentalist, with some trying to make the claim that government regulation prevented the eradication of Malaria. According to the authors, the US regulation didn't influence tropical regions anyway, and the reason DDT used stopped was because the blanket approaches allowed mosquitoes to develop resistance.