'Silent Spring' gives way to mere silence

  • Article by: BONNIE BLODGETT
  • Updated: September 29, 2012 - 6:02 PM

The dignified debate that surrounded that book is hard to imagine today.

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reefungorioSep. 29, 12 9:13 PM

Doesn't it follow that humans are tipping nature by growing food and eating it?

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borisbadenovSep. 30, 12 8:08 AM

Carlson committed a fraud that what bought by the extremist in our society. It was embraced by gore and took on a life of it's own. These people are responsible for the deaths of millions of people from Malaria. Environmental extremism is one of the greatest dangers to all of us - especially the unproven theory that man is creating global warming. The earth warms and cools regardless of mans presence.

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sundialSep. 30, 12 8:23 AM

.....and there are those who want to abolish the EPA. Thanks, Rachel, for bringing the voice of scientific reason into the public arena. We could use you now that our planet is running a fever to counter all the climate change deniers. Thanks to you bald eagles and many other species are thriving now.

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northhillSep. 30, 12 8:53 AM

Rachel Carson wrote one of the most important books of the 20th century.What she wrote needed to be said.The debate continues to this day.America in 1963 saw itself as the breadbasket to the world.American agriculture could feed the world and get rich doing it.The chemical industry and agribusiness were powerful then as now.Starvation and access to clean drinking water for mankind are still issues that plague the world.Miss Carson's legacy is that America and the world must understand what is going on in our enviornment.

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elind56Sep. 30, 12 9:19 AM

The problem with environmentalists is that they feel their agenda is so important that it's okay to use exaggeration, junk science, and outright lies to promote it.

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borisbadenovSep. 30, 1210:24 AM

Carlson made an exaggerated claim that DDT was killing eagles and that resulted in a ban of a pesticide that could have saved millions of lives. All for a bird.

Now, we have the same people who were so passionate about saving a bird wanting to put up windmill farms which kill eagles and other birds of prey. In some areas of the country these people have advocated killing eagles so the don't interfere with windmill farms.

Could it really be that liberals think that the earth is overpopulated and that allowing Malaria to kill millions is a good thing? This is not about eagles - it is about population control. Human population control.

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garelockSep. 30, 1211:10 AM

borisbadenov-Elites have no problem with blacks or hispanics dying from malaria or being sterilized or aborted.Elites,including totalianists,have allways considered them "undesireables".

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endothermSep. 30, 12 2:38 PM

All Carson really said is that it is that dangerous chemicals build up in the food chain and that it is INSANE to poison our environment and OURSELVES. We have to be careful that the poisons we use aren't actually doing more harm than good. DDT kills mosquitoes and bedbugs, but the cost is too high. I for one am glad that we now take these costs into consideration. It is depressing that certain people want to go back to the bad old days of spraying everywhere with no testing and no thought of the future.

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SnippetSep. 30, 12 3:53 PM

Rachel Carson may have been soft-spoken and diginified and disarming and all that good stuff, but her "devasting" response that denying airy fairy referinces to the "balance of nature" was like "denying the law of gravity" reflects a profound unseriousness of thought, her dignified demeanor notwithstanding. The law of gravity is an established fact, based on observation and math. "The Balance of Nature" is a poetic abstraction which is all well and good as far as it goes, but which cannot and should not be put on equal terms with a solidly established law of nature.

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boomerdudeSep. 30, 12 7:58 PM

the comments of snippet and borisbadenov ironicly, for example, prove the author's point that intelligent discussion of this type of issue is very difficult in today's world. The law of gravity , for example, explains part of the balance of nature and is more than a poetic abstraction. The attacks on Gore and Global warming are so knee jerk by some that one could wonder why take them seriously? Clinate change is real, it has been and is observed and quantified, the environment was not a liberal vs conservative issue in the 60's or even 70's. Republicans and Democrats worked together on these issues in the 60's and 70's. We only have one planet, the economy will die before the planet does.

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