Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Good DDT

This column points out some interesting facts about the chemical DDT.

Two to three million people die of malaria every year, Uganda's health minister has said, because the U.S. government is afraid of a chemical called DDT. DDT was once used every where to kill bugs and more importantly kill mosquitoes. Mosquitoes that carry malaria. But it was stopped. Not because people got cancer, but because it threatened bird populations because it thinned the eggshells.

The result of banning DDT was a "huge resurgence" of malaria. It has killed almost 50 million since DDT was banned (50 years). DDT will save lives by fighting malaria in Africa, but our government refuses to use it because it might offen environmentalist and cause political fallout.

So in the battle between the rich, white, tree-huggers against the poor, black, kids of Africa, the tree-huggers are winning.