Against DDT Denialism

It’s rather scary what comes up if you do any number of google searches on DDT–you get denialism well before anything that looks like a defense of the environmental objections to DDT overuse on most searches (thankfully DDT denialism delivers some of the goods). That’s by way of noting that John Quiggin and Tim Lambert have published a prospect article defending Rachel Carson. They’ve also published a longer version of the same article at crookedtimber. Since the post is a pithy summary of the DDT legend (that Carson caused DDT to be banned is a “legend,” fueled by tobacco industry advocates, oddly enough) that links to both short and long explanations of the history, it would be nice if it (or any other nice summary you might suggest) were more prominent (that is, link to it!).

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