Seldom Heard Quotes – Population Extremism, DDT & Pesticides Part 6.1

“What a tremendous amount of harm and labor these wicked insects do cause us, but now at last a ray of hope is held out in the form of DDT.”

Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer: A Biography
by James Brabazon

In her book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, the author, quoted Albert Schweitzer on her first page as follows:

“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.”

Because the quote was on the first page of her book, the reader was led to believe that Schweitzer himself was inferring that DDT and pesticides would “destroy the Earth.” He was actually talking about nuclear bombs.

In the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird count figures, the robin count increased from 19,616 to 928,639 from 1941 to 1960.  In her book, good ol’ Rachel characterized the robins as “on the verge of extinction” from DDT.

As you can tell from the quote above, taken from his biography, he is not in agreement with Rachel Carson, and thinks, as do many notable physicians and scientists, that DDT has done much more good than harm.


“In my opinion, the evidence in this proceeding supports the conclusion that there is a present need for the essential uses of DDT.  DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man. DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man. The uses of DDT under the registrations involved do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuary organisms, wild birds or other wildlife.”   

Edmund Sweeney
EPA DDT Hearing Examiner
from the Congressional Record
July 24, 1972, page 24976

What average American knows that according to the Center for Disease Control, an average of 2,000,000 people a year die of malaria from mosquito bites because of the ban of DDT, a life- saving insecticide?

One could say the environmental movement has killed more than 75,000,000 humans since the ban.

Would that be more than all people killed in all wars since recorded history?

Most of them are black and brown children.


“Viewing the evidence as a total picture, a preponderance supports the conclusion that DDT does cause eggshell thinning. Whether or not the laboratory data above would sustain this conclusion is beside the point. For here is laboratory data and observational data, and in addition, a scientific hypothesis, which might explain the phenomenon.”

William Ruckelshaus
Congressional Record
July 24, 1972, page 24976

In fact, the laboratory data did not support this conclusion. Mr. Ruckelshaus was, in all reality, inferring that if enough people believe that DDT is bad and causes thinning eggshells, that in itself is reason enough to ban it.

Just the belief!


“…decisions by government involving the use of toxic substances are political…. In the case of pesticides, the power to make this judgment has been delegated to the Administrator of EPA.”

William Ruckelshaus
Dr. Dixy Lee Ray’s
Trashing the Planet, page 73

Will someone please define what a political decision is. It apparently has nothing to do with science.

The Deep Ecology doctrine says, “Not only does deep ecology focus on the shifts from anthropocentrism to eco or biocentrism, but it also moves away from the notion that science is the only way of knowing, and includes thoughts such as feelings and spirituality.” (“Deep Ecology” defined on Yahoo search, November 19, 2002).

Feelings are as important as science?

What is a political scientific decision, if not a feeling?


“My own doubts came when DDT was introduced for civilian use. In Guyana, within two years it had almost eliminated malaria, but at the same time, the birth rate had doubled.”

Alexander King
The Discipline of Curiosity

King, the Malthusian who headed the Club of Rome, also talked of his wartime experience with DDT and the “enormous numbers of lives” it saved.

It appears DDT was used appropriately for saving soldiers in jolly old England.  However, when it started saving lives in countries where the skin shade of the natives was darker, they pulled the plug.


“My chief quarrel with DDT in hindsight is that it has greatly added to the population problem.”

Alexander King
Malthusian Club of Rome
The Discipline of Curiosity

People who think like tyrants, like Alexander King, wanted DDT banned.

Anti-DDT enthusiasts actually allowed natural genocide to take place by working to limit human reproduction in what they deemed to be over-populated countries.

These elitist white socialist bastards concocted lies to bring an end to the use of DDT.  They conspired to allow the death of millions of third world people and, worse yet, believed they had the right to make that judgment.


“The worst thing we could do is give aid…. the best thing would be to just let nature seek its own balance and to let the people there just starve.”

Michael McClosky
Sierra Club Executive Director
United Press International
February 25, 1971

Mr. McClosky’s made this statement when Ethiopia was experiencing severe famine. He also stated, “The Sierra Club wants a ban, not just a curb, on pesticides, even in the tropical countries where DDT has kept malaria under control.”

Population extremists aren’t concerned with pesticides harming humans, because they know no real harm exists. Their goal is population control. They show no concern whatsoever about the population of brown and black people whose lives are endangered by the ban on DDT and the subsequent spread of malaria, dengue fever and other vector-borne diseases.

Does this qualify the Sierra Club as an extreme environmentalist organization that also wants to eliminate HUMANS and to limit global over-population?