Well, according to numerous posts by some of the Left-wing buddies on the board, conservatives care naught about the earth, about environmentalism, or even clean-up efforts! Just about profits! As today is World Malaria Day, it might be appropriate to take a look at how well liberal efforts work out 1. World Malaria day A Day to Act 25 April is a day to commemorate global efforts to control malaria. The theme of the fourth World Malaria Day - Achieving Progress and Impact - heralds the international community's renewed efforts make progress towards zero malaria deaths by 2015 .World Malaria Day represents a chance for all of us to make a difference. Whether you are a government, a company, a charity or an individual, you can roll back malaria and help generate broad gains in health and human development. World Malaria Day 2011 2. o Annual worldwide cases of acute illness due to malaria: 300-500 million o Annual worldwide deaths due to malaria: 1.1-2.7 million, mostly among children under five years of age http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/documents/GlobalBurdenofMalaria.pdf 3. Malaria is transmitted from person to person through the bite of a female Anophelesa species of mosquito prevalent throughout sub-Saharan Africa and considered to be the most dangerous. Africa's Malaria Death Toll Still "Outrageously High" 4. concerns about the impact of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane) and its derivates on human health, in spite of the fact that DDT has been used widely for seven decades and no properly replicated and confirmed study has found any specific human health harm. Given the enormous and proven public health benefits arising from the use of DDT in disease control, high levels of human exposure to DDT among those living in sprayed houses but presented no evidence of actual human harm arising from that exposure .Where DDT has been used in malaria control over many decades, populations have grown and health outcomes have improved. Environmental Health Perspectives: DDT and Malaria Prevention So, why have so many millions been allowed to die, in the absence of DDT usage? Liberalism. The infamous liberal science as exemplified, in this case, by Rachel Carsons Silent Spring. 5. Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which in 1962 exposed the hazards of the pesticide DDT, eloquently questioned humanity's faith in technological progress and helped set the stage for the environmental movement .Silent Spring meticulously described how DDT entered the food chain and accumulated in the fatty tissues of animals, including human beings, and caused cancer and genetic damage. Carson concluded that DDT and other pesticides had irrevocably harmed birds and animals and had contaminated the entire world food supply. NRDC: The Story of Silent Spring 6. British politician Dick Taverne was damning in his criticism of Carson: Carson didn't seem to take into account the vital role (DDT) played in controlling the transmission of malaria by killing the mosquitoes that carry the parasite (...) It is the single most effective agent ever developed for saving human life (...) Rachel Carson is a warning to us all of the dangers of neglecting the evidence-based approach and the need to weight potential risk against benefit: it can be argued that the anti-DDT campaign she inspired was responsible for almost as many deaths as some of the worst dictators of the last century. Taverne, Dick (2005). "The Harm That Pressure Groups Can Do". In Feldman, Stanley; Marks, Vincent. Panic Nation. 7. On June 14, 1972, 30 years ago this week, the EPA banned DDT despite considerable evidence of its safety offered in seven months of agency hearings. After listening to that testimony, the EPA's own administrative law judge declared, "DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man...DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man...The use of DDT under the regulations involved here [does] not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds or other wildlife." Today environmental activists celebrate the EPA's DDT ban as their first great victory. Silent Spring at 40 - Reason Magazine So, what have we learned? A valuable lesson, one hopes, about liberal versus conservative thought and action: a. Conservatives believe that custom and tradition result in individuals living in peace. Law is custom and precedent. Liberals are destroyers of custom and convention. To a conservative, change should be gradual, as the new society is often inferior to the old. We build on the ideas and experience of our ancestors. The species is wiser than the individual (Burke). b. Liberals are impulsive, and imprudent. They believe in quick changes, and risk new abuses worse than the evils that they would sweep away, since remedies are usually not simple. Plato said that prudence is the mark of the statesman. There should be a balance between permanence and change, while liberals see progress as some mythical direction for society. Today is World Malaria Day...we owe that to liberals.