Pesticide-friendly lawmaker blocks Carson tribute
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A senator has delayed submitting a resolution to honor pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson on the 100th anniversary of her birth after a colleague signaled he would block it because of her aggressive fight against pesticides. Carson’s 1962 book “Silent Spring” revealed the harmful effects of pesticides and helped launch the environmental movement. Carson died in 1964. She would have turned 100 Sunday. Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s resolution had intended to honor Carson for her “legacy of scientific rigor coupled with poetic sensibility.” But a spokeswoman for the Maryland Democrat said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., signaled he would use Senate rules to halt it. In a statement Tuesday, Coburn confirmed that he is holding up the bill and blamed Carson for using “junk science” to turn the public against chemicals like DDT that could prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases.