Filed under: Developing Nations, Progressivism | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Environment, Junk Science
There has been a loud public outcry in vulnerable communities such as inner cities like Detroit. Billed as the biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II, the Environmental Protection Agency held a “bedbug summit meeting” last Tuesday to answer to the public complaints.
Nine years ago, zealots at the Clinton administration’s EPA took Dursban off the shelves. They banned the pesticide chlorpyrifos to praise and enthusiasm from the media and environmentalists. It was the most available pesticide to deal with bedbugs, cockroaches and other noxious pests. It had been available for 30 years in some 800 products in 88 countries around the world.
Henry Payne, writing in Planet Gore describes what happened:
But despite widespread protest in the scientific community, EPA Chief Carol Browner erased Dursban from the shelves. “EPA has gone to great lengths to present a highly conservative, worst case, hypothetical risk based in large part on dubious extrapolations… and exaggerated risk estimates,” said Michigan State University toxicologist J.I Goodman in a typical response.
Even Dr. Alan Hoberman, the principal researcher whose data Browner cited, told the Detroit News he disputed the agency’s interpretation of his findings.
Such critics were also ignored by the press—as was evidence that the nation’s urban poor would be most vulnerable to a ban. Children’s insect-bite allergies and cockroach-induced allergens outnumber pesticide poisoning by 100:1. “Hardest hit will be lower-income families in cities like Detroit, who can ill afford a weekly house call from the Orkin man,” warned News writer Diane Katz, now with the Fraser Institute. “Yet that is precisely what the EPA is recommending as a substitute for a couple squirts from a can of bug spray.”
Nine years later, there is still no satisfactory substitute for Dursban. The EPA, always ready to do the bidding of environmental activists, also banned DDT. That was responsible for millions of deaths in the developing world from malaria, which could have been prevented by spraying huts with a bit of DDT. Ill-conceived regulations have consequences.
The EPA Administrator who approved the ban of Dursban is now the “Climate Czar” in the Obama administration. She remains a zealot.
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