Re: DDT, malaria, India, and Julian Simon (was Re: Antienviromentalist data)

From: Elizabeth Childs (
Date: Sun Jan 16 2000 - 02:07:01 MST

> Ah. I thought some of that book was too good to be true, although I
> won't claim that I had any premonitions about the malaria part in
> particular. Okay, so I can't trust the book.
> Sigh. Damn all ideology, anyway. I guess I'll just have to put down
> the environmental debate as having no controlling scientific authority.
> Thanks, Mitchell Porter.
> Sincerely,
> Eliezer.

Forgive me in my flu-addled state for not looking in depth at the URL's
listed by Mitchell Porter - but as I recall, the argument made by Simon is
very similar to the argument made by the book "The Coming Plague" regarding
the banning of DDT. As I recall, she claims that if they had just pushed
the DDT malaria control project just a few more years, they could have wiped
it out.

"The Coming Plague" is a book about emerging diseases that came out about
five years ago, and the author is about as far away from Simon politically
as you can get.

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