Never let it be said that many environmentalists don’t practice what they preach. Not only do they recycle garbage in the physical sense but they also recycle garbage political talking points too. In a recent post at Reason magazine’s Hit & Run blog, Ron Bailey observes:
Old environmental scares never die. Unlike old soldiers, they don’t even fade away. Consequently, we still have activist groups constantly recycling chemophobia, non-renewable resource depletion, and overpopulation worries. The latest of these scares is what Time dubbed the the “beepocalypse” back in 2007.
Starting in 2006, many U.S. beekeepers noticed a high number of their hives were not surviving the winter. The afflicted hives appeared to have been abandoned. That winter beekeepers lost 32 percent of their colonies. The malady was eventually given a name: colony collapse disorder (CCD).
A search for villains began. Environmental activists soon latched onto a relatively new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, claiming they were the primary cause of CCD. But is that so? In January, the Environmental Protection Agency noted that “most approved uses do not pose significant risks to bee colonies,” though “spray applications to a few crops, such as cucumbers, berries, and cotton, may pose risks to bees that come in direct contact with residue.”
Despite the claims of a beepocalypse, bee populations are at an all time high. Environmentalists’ politicization of science and their regurgitating old, useless and debunked talking points is one other way they will use to make the case to ban pesticides including those that are used to protect crop yields from insect infestations. Research by the EPA that contradicts their conclusions be damned. Make it harder to protect crops and starvations occur resulting in more human deaths.