Is there any chance that sponsoring a dance contest may be a touch far afield for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Isn’t the agency more accustomed to clamping down on factories with greenhouse gas emissions, which forces more unemployment?
Fear not about wise use of your tax money. The EPA also is promoting a poetry, essay, and photo contest–truly essential government projects, despite our $14.3 trillion national debt.
The EPA advises those enticed to enter the contests, the creative work submitted “should express ‘A Sense of Wonder’ about the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.” The activity the EPA excitedly announced is the “Rachael Carson Sense of Wonder Contest.”
While the EPA and environmentalists everywhere glorify Rachael Carson as the inspiration for the environmental movement, her major impact on our planet has led to the deaths of millions of people, mainly innocent African children.
It all started with Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring.” She theorized that silence would occur when birds no longer would sing because the widespread use of pesticides weakened their egg shells. She also vividly wrote in her book, pesticides generally pollute the environment and even cause cancer.
The book was embraced by environmentalists and became a best- seller throughout the world. Silent Spring led to a ban on DDT in the United States. The absence of DDT has caused the needless deaths of as many as 30 million people from malaria and yellow fever in tropical countries. Most of them were helpless African children, according to Dennis Avery, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
In addition, malaria has been allowed to ruin the lives of as many as a billion people with a chronic condition of the disease, who are unable to work. These malaria cases in the tropics could account for much of the poverty in the world today.
Carson was educated as a marine biologist. She worked for some years at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. But she began writing as an eleven-year-old. She originally had a co-author for “Silent Spring.” He was Edwin Diamond, who had been science editor of Newsweek magazine. But early in the book’s drafting, Diamond walked away from the project. He said later that “Silent Spring” was an “emotional, alarmist book seeking to cause Americans to mistakenly believe their world is being poisoned.”
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