CEI Weekly: Rachel Carson Was Wrong

Friday, November 30, 2012



Feature: The case against the case against agrochemicals.

FEATURE: Rachel Carson Was Wrong


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, the book credited with launching the modern environmentalist movement. In a new study, CEI Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini argues that history has proven Carson's warning about agrochemicals wrong. Read the study here




EPA Administrators Invent Excuses to Avoid Transparency

Christopher Horner's op-ed in The Washington Examiner


Senator Durbin Is Wrong on Energy Drinks Ban

Michelle Minton's op-ed in The Hill


Global Fawning

Myron Ebell's op-ed in Standpoint Magazine


Opportunity and Wealth Remain in America, Not Europe

Matthew Melchiorre's op-ed in Investor's Business Daily


Overturning Dodd-Frank

Sam Kazman's citation in The Washington Times


Taking Money Off the Table

John Berlau's citation in The Appeal Democrat


Meet Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Hollywood's New Copyright Ally

Ryan Radia's' citation in C-NET


Stacking the Deck for Dodd-Frank

CEI's citation in National Review













November 27, 2012: Rachel Was Wrong


Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini talks about her forthcoming CEI study, “Rachel Was Wrong: Agrochemicals’ Benefits to Human Health and the Environment.” Fifty years ago in her book Silent Spring, Carson argued that pesticides and other chemicals would increase cancer rates; they have actually gone down despite increased life expectancy. Carson argued that chemicals would reduce environmental quality; indicators have actually improved almost across the board, and high-yield farming feeds more people while leaving more habitat for wildlife. Carson argued that chemicals would increase food-borne illnesses; again, they have gone down.