Earth day countdown: environmentalism’s ten biggest scams, hoaxes, myths and frauds
#5 – Ethanol and biofuels are killing the environment
To environmentalists ethanol and biofuels, which they also coincidentally happen to be heavily invested in financially, are magic potions that will cure an Earth they claim is dying from automobile use.
To the environment, however, they are poison.
* To grow the massive amounts of corn and other crops needed to create ethanol and other biofuels, farmers must use millions of gallons of pesticides and water, burn millions of gallons of fuel to operate farming equipment and convert vast amounts of prairie, forests and other natural environments into farmland.
* Environmentalists, many of whom are invested financially in biofuels, are pushing farmers in environmentally sensitive areas like the Amazon to slash-and-burn vast swaths of ecosystems to plant biofuel crops.
* Biofuels cannot be pipelined, requiring thousands of trucks to burn millions of gallons of fuel to transport it.
* Producing biofuels takes millions of acres of farmland out of food production, reducing the supply of crops like corn, which is not only food itself but is feed for farm animals. As ethanol and biofuel production rise, the costs of creating food skyrocket. Starvation spiked in Mexico, for example, when environmentalist efforts to boost ethanol production created a corn shortage and sent the price of food through the roof.
* Biofuels are less efficient than more effective petro fuels, greatly reducing gas mileage. The E85 blend of ethanol drops gas mileage between 30% and 40%, depending on whether you use the EPA’s fuel mileage standards (fueleconomy.gov) or those of the Dept. of Energy, according to BusinessWeek
* Biofuels also have a nasty habit of destroying vehicle fuel pumps, according to BusinessWeek. In areas where environmentalist mandates force ethanol on drivers, auto repair shops report a spike in damaged fuel pumps, virtually all of which are traced back to ethanol in fuel. The average repair bill is between $900 and $1000. Biofuels are also destroying boat engines and other small engines by drawing water into the fuel system.
* Many biofuels generate as much as, and sometimes more than, the amount of greenhouse gases than petro fuels.
Rather than reduce pollution, producing biolfuels is pollution on steroids. The EPA’s own attorneys even admitted in court biofuels and ethanol are more polluting than petro fuels (API v. EPA, 1995, Third Circuit Court of Appeals.)
Sadly, use of biofuels and ethanol are only increased as radical environmentalists with large amounts of money invested in the failed, more-polluting technology press government to bail them out by increasing use mandates
#4 – Environmentalists’ DDT ban kills 102 million people, and counting
For Africans struggling to survive against malaria and starvation, DDT was a lifesaver. The pesticide not only killed the disease-carrying mosquitos that killed millions, it also killed the ravenous pests that ate their crops.
“In 1970, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences estimated that DDT saved more than 500 million lives during the time it was widely used,” writes economist Dr. Walter Williams.
But riding a wave of public sentiment fueled by Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring,” which falsely claimed DDT would cause many species of birds to go extinct, radical environmentalists pushed for a ban on the life-saving chemical.
The facts didn’t matter. “A scientific review board of the EPA showed that DDT is not harmful to the environment and showed it to be a beneficial substance that ‘should not be banned.’ According to the World Health Organization, worldwide malaria infects 300 million people. About 1 million die of malaria each year. Most of the victims are in Africa, and most are children,” writes Williams.
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.”
But armed with falsified environmental “studies,” they succeeded in winning an EPA ban on the chemical 1972, and bans in other countries. EPA Administration William Ruckelshaus, who was also a fundraiser for the Environmental Defense Fund, overturned Sweeney’s ruling despite never having attended a single hearing on DDT and banned the chemical entirely.
“In Sri Lanka, in 1948, there were 2.8 million malaria cases and 7,300 malaria deaths. With widespread DDT use, malaria cases fell to 17 and no deaths in 1963. After DDT use was discontinued, Sri Lankan malaria cases rose to 2.5 million in the years 1968 and 1969, and the disease remains a killer in Sri Lanka today. More than 100,000 people died during malaria epidemics in Swaziland and Madagascar in the mid-1980s, following the suspension of DDT house spraying. After South Africa stopped using DDT in 1996, the number of malaria cases in KwaZulu-Natal province skyrocketed from 8,000 to 42,000. By 2000, there had been an approximate 400 percent increase in malaria deaths. Now that DDT is being used again, the number of deaths from malaria in the region has dropped from 340 in 2000 to none at the last reporting in February 2003,” writes Williams.
An estimated 102 million people have needlessly died from malaria since DDT was banned.
Why would environmentalists push for a worldwide ban on a chemical that saved the lives of millions of people living in Third World countries? Ask the environmentalists themselves:
“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.” – Dr. Charles Foster, one of the architects of the ban on DDT
“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.” – Alexander King, founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome
And those aren’t isolated cases. Viewing humans as the parasite to be exterminated is a mainstream view in the environmentalist community:
“I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.” — John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal
“Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs.” — John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal
“The extinction of the human species may not only be inevitable but a good thing….This is not to say that the rise of human civilization is insignificant, but there is no way of showing that it will be much help to the world in the long run.” — Economist editorial
“We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight/” — David Foreman, Earth First!
“Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” — Dave Forman, Founder of Earth First!
“If radical environmentalists were to invent a disease to bring human populations back to sanity, it would probably be something like AIDS.” — Earth First! Newsletter
“Human happiness, and certainly human fecundity, is not as important as a wild and healthy planets…Some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.” — David Graber, biologist, National Park Service
“The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.” — Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project
“If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.” — Prince Phillip, World Wildlife Fund
Cannibalism is a “radical but realistic solution to the problem of overpopulation.” — Lyall Watson, The Financial Times, 15 July 1995
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