You can read about it here, at Instapundit.
Reynolds wants DDT back because dengue fever showed up at Key West. News for Reynolds: We see it in Texas all the time, but usually among poorer people with Hispanic heritage who live along the Rio Grande. (Funny how these conservative nutballs all worry about people, so long as they’re white, and rich enough to travel to tropical vacation spots; where’s Reynolds to worry about the people who supply his fruits and vegetables?)
One solution: Improve health care to cure humans with dengue, and then mosquitoes that spread it have no pool of infection to draw from — mosquito bites become just mosquito bites.
Other preventives: Drain mosquito breeding areas (tires, flower pots, potholes, etc.) within 50 yards of human habitation. Mosquitoes don’t fly far, and if they can’t breed where people are, they won’t travel to find human victims.
Stupid, destructive solutions: Spray DDT. DDT kills insects, bats and birds that prey on mosquitoes much more effectively than it kills mosquitoes, and mosquitoes evolve resistance faster, and rebreed faster. DDT is especially deadly against brown pelicans — maybe Reynolds figures we don’t need to worry about them any more, since they’re under assault from the oil slick that threatens to kill the estuaries of Louisiana. Were he concerned about the birds, surely he’d have realized his error, right?
So, why did Glenn Reynolds get stupid about DDT? Why is he promoting DDT, instead of promoting ways to fight dengue?
But, then, Glenn Reynolds has been a fool for poisoning (anyone but himself) for a long time:
- “Bedbug explosion in New York City” (Bedbugs developed immunity to DDT in the 1950s)
- Complaining about too many brown pelicans in Louisiana since DDT use was ended
- Cheering the use of DDT in Uganda, as if WHO had changed a position, or as if the DDT use was extensive (neither of which is true)