環保份子的恐慌故事 - 別理會！ Environmentalist scare stories – Never mind!
- 保羅德里森 “The ‘honeybee apocalypse’ was pure fiction…. Honeybees are at no risk of dying off.” – Paul Driessen
Solid evidence shows there is no “bee-pocalypse,” but alarmists allege new pesticide threats
“Environmental activists always claim they merely want better public policies, to save the Earth and its endangered species,” writes Paul Driesssen. “Far too often, their real goal is acquiring more money and power – by misdiagnosing and misrepresenting, exaggerating and fabricating, ecological crises. It’s the road to the hell of bad public policy. And it’s not always paved with good intentions.”
“A perfect example is their use of the (temporary) decline in domesticated honeybee numbers to drive fundraising campaigns – and demands that regulators ban neonicotinoid pesticides, the low-risk crop protection insecticides that are mostly applied as seed treatments that get taken up into plant tissue, so that they only attack pests that feed on crops. Now suddenly, the Sierra Club and Xerces Society have finally admitted that “honeybees are at no risk of dying off. While diseases, parasites and other threats are certainly real problems for beekeepers, the total number of managed honeybees worldwide has risen 45% over the last half century. Honeybees are not going to go extinct.”
“But now they’re claiming that multiple species of WILD bees face extinction, likely because of neonics. The recurrent “crises” remind me of Emily Litella’s misguided rant about “endangered feces.” It’s a good time for these environmentalist pressure groups to say, “Ohhhhh. Never mind” – and act a little more honestly and responsibly.”