Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Green Eco-Imperialist Legacy of Death

In April 1972, after seven months of testimony, EPA Administrative Law Judge Edmund Sweeney stated that “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. ... The uses of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife. ... The evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.”*

Two months later, EPA head [and Environmental Defense Fund member/fundraiser] William Ruckelshaus - who had never attended a single day’s session in the seven months of EPA hearings, and who admittedly had not even read the transcript of the hearings - overturned Judge Sweeney’s decision. Ruckelshaus declared that DDT was a “potential human carcinogen” and banned it for virtually all uses.

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  1. Well clearly if you dredge up the decade old DDT ,argument all government intervention must inherently be wrong. That's logical. One mistake equals an Imperialist legacy? Don't be the boy who cried imperialist...

    Besides, all of this is supposed to come with "those damn liberal Democrats and their meddling..." Except, it wasn't Democrats or liberals, it was Republicans who did this. This goes to show that small government should be a priority for Republicans, because they have no idea how to govern.

  2. [Which isn't to say you are Republican, just to point out I agree that everything Republicans do is an affront to progress.]


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