Obviously DDT was good at killing the mosquitos that carry malaria. Unfortunately, it's pretty good at killing other things, too. It also has an annoying tendency to build up in the fatty tissue of the animals higher up the food chain that eat those mosquitos, like the bald eagles I talked about yesterday, or fish. It's that whole food chain thing they taught you about in 5th-grade science class. (I know how a lot of right-wing politicians struggle with basic science, so I thought I'd review.)
Well that's interesting. I'm sure zoologists everywhere will be stunned to learn that not only are Bald Eagles now indigenous to Africa, but apparently our little friend has also discovered that they consume mosquitoes. Or maybe it's only the African Bald Eagle that eschews fish, rodents, and birds in favor of an insect they probably can't even see. How ironic that she offers lessons in basic science to "right-wing politicians." I think maybe the right-wing pols are not the only ones who should have paid a little better attention in the fifth grade.
Of course in the interest of truth, it is necessary to point out that the Bald Eagle DDT myth has been debunked on numerous occasions, but then again, little left-wing enviro-wannabes have never been very good at examining evidence. Zoologists and biologists warned of Bald Eagle population problems 22 years before DDT went into production. In fact, at the time DDT went into production, the Bald Eagle population was in recovery. And just to put the icing on the cake, biologists fed large doses of DDT to Eagles for 112 days and determined that the residue had no adverse effect on the Eagles or their eggs. The Bald Eagle population problems were mostly a result of two factors. Farmers and ranchers found them to be nuisance animals and shot them whenever and wherever they saw them. The second, and more profound factor was the loss of suitable habitat. So why are they coming back? There are many reasons, but the biggest clue for you is that half the current population of Bald Eagles live in Alaska and British Columbia. Yeah, banning DDT saved the eagles.
You see it's the half-truths and full-out-nonsense spewed by over-educated and under-intellectual people like this that cause, or should I say allow, bureaucrats everywhere to act on half-baked myths and conjecture. The fools get a warm, fuzzy feeling because they "did something." Their little sunny worlds are never disturbed by the fact that their nonsense has cost people their homes, their livelihoods, and in some cases even their lives. As Thomas Sowell once put it, never before have so few worked to create so much destruction.
Sorry, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. There's no sport in it and eventually you begin to feel sorry for the barrel.