The radical environmentalists of Morgan County have gotten an opportunity for a last ditch effort to derail responsible economic growth for this county. These people allege that Freeman Companies’ compliance with demands from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay protection organization is not sufficient to protect Sir Johns Run and Morgan County. To get a feel for the level of radicalization of their demands, we should look at the history of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Contrary to all scientific evidence, the director of the EPA in 1972 adopted Rachel Carson’s position against DDT over recommendations from real scientists. The death rates from malaria shot up as infected mosquitoes became more and more numerous. Rachel Carson and the EPA inspired the deaths of millions upon millions of tropical people, including many children. But the radicals did not care.
Eventually, countries studied these deaths and realized that DDT was beneficial. Indeed, Paul Hermann Muller received a Nobel Prize for it from the leftist Nobel committee in 1948. DDT was supported by a leading entomologist, a rational environmentalist and others. Professor Gordon Edwards found Carson’s Silent Spring to be filled with distortions of reality. Indeed, the EPA’s own experts did not agree with Carson’s allegations. Nonetheless, the EPA director adopted Carson’s anti-DDT essence.
To put this radicalism in perspective, the consequential deaths from the anti-DDT position produced more deaths than the infamous Adolf Hitler. Nonetheless, Freeman’s Coolfont project meets all of the undoubtedly radicalized demands from the EPA and the Chesapeake Bay protection organization.
To bring this radicalism closer to home, to Morgan County Comprehensive Plan favors certain snakes and frogs over the people of Morgan County. And the Freeman project far exceeds the Morgan County stated desires for community planning. Is more needed?
We should judge the environmentalist claims by the rules of evidence in effect for both the federal and state governments, the Daubert Rule, which was adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in reaction to Daubert’s use of junk science to “prove” he was environmentally abused. Applying the Daubert Rule on the evidence will undoubtedly find that Freeman is quite a reasonable and responsible corporate citizen of Morgan County.
Eric K. Pritchard