“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”
(Hosea/8-7) English Standard Bible
I was a mere lad of thirteen when I came across Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in an
exclusive boarding school. It was rather profound you see for young readers which was probably why it was left lying around. I couldn’t help but be compelled to read it because of Rachel’s profound vision of the future. a Silent Spring. if mankind kept to it’s self-destructive environmental path. A full-time nature writer in the 1950s, Rachel Carson’s widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award. Late in the 1950s, she turned her attention to conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides.
The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Its title was inspired by a poem by John Keats, “La Belle Dame sans Merci“, which contained the lines “The sedge is wither’d from the lake, And no birds sing.”
Silent Spring was initially suggested as a title for the chapter on birds. By August 1961, Carson agreed to the suggestion of her literary agent Marie Rodell that Silent Spring would be a metaphorical title for the entire book—suggesting a bleak future for the whole natural world—rather than a literal chapter title about the absence of birdsong. Silent Spring instead would be a metaphorical title for the entire book—suggesting a bleak future for the whole natural world—rather than a literal chapter title about the absence of birdsong. With Carson’s approval, editor Paul Brooks at Houghton Mifflin arranged for illustrations by Louis and Lois Darling, who also designed the cover. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.
Rachel Carson was not the hysterical alarmist that her critics contend. Beneath the roughshod exterior of a fight against pesticide and chemical companies like DuPont (a main manufacturer of DDT and 2,4-D) Velsicol Chemical Company and American Cyanamid there is another Silent Spring, one seen through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy. That of a poetic sensibility, suggesting a responsible and carefully managed use or “stewardship” if you will of our environment. Extinction events show us that once something is gone it is gone forever. We cannot bring it back. It is the nature of man to not love something until it is gone. Silent Spring altered the balance of power in the world. No one since would be able to sell pollution as the necessary underside of progress so easily or uncritically. Carson’s work, and the activism it inspired, are at least partly responsible for the deep ecology movement, and the overall strength of the grassroots environmental movement since the 1960s. It was also influential on the rise of ecofeminism and on many feminist scientists.
Tragically in the 2000’s, snake oil salesmen like former Vice-president Al Gore who claims to have invented the Internet (he did not) have hijacked the environmental movement to line their pockets and use “junk science” to back up their bogus arguments of global warming. Were Rachel Carson still alive no doubt she would be battling Al Gore and snake oil salesmen of his kind. As Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation and public officials of accepting industry claims unquestioningly today I accuse snake oil salesmen like Al Gore of spreading disinformation using junk science to back his claims for the purpose of lining his own pockets. I also accuse lying government officials like President Obama and other’s of accepting the bogus claims of these snake oil salesmen like Gore and enacting laws which do little to protect our fragile environment but do everything to line the pockets financially of liars like Al Gore.
Rachel’s book, Silent Spring, (1962) which had a sequel, Beyond Silent Spring (1996) are both non-fiction. My book, Reap the Whirlwind is fiction which takes on junk science, lying snake oil salesmen, and bogus environmentalists like Al Gore, lying politicians like Harry Reid, and a future scenario that will result if we stay on the destructive path mankind is on here in 2014. (Reap The Whirlwind)
To quote Rachel Carson: Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species — man — acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world. Spring will not follow winter if we allow snake oil salesmen and bogus environmentalists to dictate America’s environmental agenda. These men like Al Gore, hide behind the law, with a battery of high priced lawyers, and backed by an army of political friends in Congress and political patronage and special interest groups who have only their own special interests at heart to pass laws that profit themselves while trying to drive farmers and ranchers off land that they have leased for three generations for the purpose of “fracking.”
Rachel Carson recognized in 1962 that we stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.” Part of the battle here in 2014 is to not only fight to protect the fragile earth that God gave us but to fight the liars, hucksters, and snake oil salesmen among us like the greedy corrupt Harry Reid of Nevada, Al Gore, An era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost has been replaced by junk scientists in which they have perverted science and hijacked the environmental movement to make a dollar at the expense of all the citizens on planet earth. These men sow to the wind and have reaped the whirlwind. Already we are seeing extinction event weather. 60 tornado’s March 2014 touch down one day in the state of Arkansas, the most brutal winter the East Coast has seen in a hundred years. The 2000’s have seen devastating Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, typhoons that wash entire villages in the Philippines out to sea.
As Rachel Carson stated so fiercely we urgently need an end to the false claims and junk science of snake oil salesmen like Al Gore, political patronage lining the pockets of junk scientists, and bogus environmentalists, and the sugar coating of unpalatable facts. It is junk science. It is false. It is the public that is being asked to assume the risks that bogus environmentalists like Al Gore calculate. The public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can do so only when in full possession of the facts.
I hope you will find Reap The Whirlwind entertaining like Twister by Michael Crichton as well as educational. I have endeavored to get the facts correct but keep in mind my book is a work of fiction and not meant to be a non-fiction book. Reap The Whirlwind is the metaphorical title for my book suggesting a bleak future for the whole natural world if we do not fight fascism and the lies told by snake oil salesmen and lying, corrupt government officials who have hijacked the environmental movement in America, of which I include the biggest fraud The Sierra Club. Corruption has destroyed America’s mainstream environmental groups as the lure of corporate donations has led many environmental groups to accept money .. Groups like Sierra Club are among the most trusted “brands” in America, pledged to protect and defend nature. Yet as we confront the biggest ecological crisis in human history, many of the green organizations meant to be leading the fight are busy shoveling up hard cash from the world’s worst polluters–and burying science-based environmentalism in return. Sometimes the corruption is subtle; sometimes it is blatant. In the middle of a swirl of bogus climate scandals trumped up by snake oil salesmen like Al Gore there a real scandal called Climategate, waiting to be exposed. one that began in the 1980s, with a financial donation.
Environmental groups used to be funded largely by their members and wealthy individual supporters. They had only one goal: to prevent environmental destruction. Their funds were small, but they played a crucial role in saving vast tracts of wilderness and in pushing into law strict rules forbidding air and water pollution. But Jay Hair–president of the National Wildlife Federation from 1981 to 1995–was dissatisfied. He identified a huge new source of revenue: the worst polluters. Hair found that the big oil and gas companies were happy to give money to conservation groups. Yes, they were destroying many of the world’s pristine places. Yes, by the late 1980s it had become clear that they were dramatically destabilizing the climate–the very basis of life itself. But for Jay Hair, that didn’t make them the enemy; he said they sincerely wanted to right their wrongs and pay to preserve the environment. He began to suck millions from them, and in return his organization and others, like The Nature Conservancy (TNC), gave them awards for “environmental stewardship. Companies like Shell and British Petroleum (BP) were delighted. They saw it as valuable “reputation insurance”: every time they were criticized for their massive emissions of warming gases, or for being involved in the killing of dissidents who wanted oil funds to go to the local population, or an oil spill that had caused irreparable damage, they wheeled out their shiny green awards, purchased with “charitable” donations, to ward off the prospect of government regulation. At first, this behavior scandalized the environmental community. Hair was vehemently condemned as a sellout and a charlatan. But slowly, the other groups saw themselves shrink while the corporate-fattened groups swelled–so they, too, started to take the checks.
In 2014, We’re close to a civil war in the environmental movement. For too long, all the oxygen in the room has been sucked out by this beast of these insider groups, who achieve almost nothing. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.