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THE DDT BAN -- 20 YEARS LATER

 THE DDT BAN -- 20 YEARS LATER
 A Case Study in How the Anti-Science Policies of
 Environmentalist Groups Kill People
 Conference-14 issued the following:
 A panel of scientific experts will review new and old documentation regarding DDT at a press conference on Thursday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., at the National Press Club, 14th and F streets N.W., Washington, in the Murrow Room.
 Twenty years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the insecticide DDT, one of mankind's most life-saving discoveries. This decision brought to life the environmentalist movement, but was a death sentence for millions of people throughout the world: An estimated 100 million people die a year as the direct and indirect result of the banning of DDT and other pesticides. These are deaths from malaria, from other insect-borne diseases, and from the results of reduced food crops.
 DDT was banned on the basis of disinformation, not evidence -- disinformation created by a handful of environmentalists who used the issue to build a multi-million-dollar environmentalist business.
 EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus admitted that the decision to ban DDT was made for political, not scientific reasons. In fact, after the EPA's seven-month hearing on DDT, the EPA hearing examiner ruled that DDT should not be banned, on the basis of the scientific evidence. In overruling this decision, Ruckelshaus began the pattern of environmental decisions made on the basis of "public perception," not scientific evidence.
 Today, on the eve of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, government officials and environmentalist groups are about to convene to make more environmental policy based on ideology and myth, not scientific evidence. Again the resulting death toll from these policy changes will be in the millions.
 Will the news media continue to black out the human death toll and the evidence presented by responsible scientists in the name of "saving the planet"?
 Participants in the press conference are:
 -- J. Gordon Edwards, Ph.D., professor of entomology
 San Jose State University
 -- William Hazeltine, Ph.D., public health entomologist (ret.)
 -- Thomas H. Jukes, Ph.D., professor of biophysics,
 University of California (Berkeley)
 -- Edward G. Remmers, ScD, American Council on Science and
 Health.
 NOTE: Documentary material will be available at the press conference.
 CONTACT: Walter A. Houston for Conference-14, 217-322-2620.
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