Conservative Spotlight: Dr. Kelvin Kemm

When First World eco-fascists advocate their primitivist approaches to hamstringing human wealth production and standard of living improvements, they perhaps calculate that the economic impact of their latest lefty-trendy environmentalist fad might require them to give up their second pair of Birkenstocks. So they push one panic button about the environment after another. But in the Third World, this means death.

“From our position, every time that panic button is pressed, it costs us money,” said Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a nuclear engineer and pro-growth activist from South Africa. “And that means people on the bottom of the economic ladder lose their jobs.” Kemm campaigns internationally against the environmentalist agenda with the American non-profit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).

DDT may be the most egregious example of the murderous effects of environmentalism. “Seven Boeing 747s of people die in Africa every day from malaria,” he said. A cheap and highly effective pesticide, DDT made great headway against malaria in Africa until it was banned worldwide in 1974 “under pressure from First World countries,” said Kemm. Malaria just happened to have been “eradicated from Europe in 1974,” he noted. But African countries, suffering from a malaria epidemic spread by mosquitoes, are beginning to break ranks. “South Africa had 1,623 malaria cases in 1974,” said Kemm. “Last year, it topped 50,000 and climbing.” South Africa’s DDT-spraying efforts are severely limited, said Kemm, by the necessity of keeping the pesticide away from produce for export that will not be accepted by First World countries if traces of DDT are found on it. “We’re only allowed to spray on the inside of dwellings,” he said. South Africa is spraying in a province that borders Mozambique, which also has a malaria problem, said Kemm. “Mozambique is not allowed to spray,” he said. “Donor aid funding from the United States prohibits it.”

DDT was banned due to a movement sparked by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which-among other things-alleged that DDT could be gravely harmful to higher animals, such as birds by thinning the shells of their eggs, which then might not hatch. Kemm said, “A study showed that DDT did thin egg shells, but those eggs hatched at a higher rate than the eggs of birds not exposed to DDT.”

“Dr. Kelvin Kemm is a business strategy consultant and runs his own company, Stratek, based in Pretoria,” says Kemm’s bio. “It networks many varied facets of society in the interests of economic development. He studied at Natal University where he gained degrees in mathematics and nuclear physics. On completing a Ph.D. at the age of 26, he started work as a research and development scientist at the Atomic Energy Corporation. . . . In 1994, Dr. Kemm was appointed to the International Board of Advisors of the Washington, D.C.-based environment and technology lobby group, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow.” He received the Lifetime Achiever’s Award in Science and Technology this year from South Africa’s National Science and Technology Forum.

“I first became involved in activism in reaction to the anti-nuclear movement in America in the ’70s,” said Kemm. “I saw all the untrue assertions being made about nuclear power.”

Today’s big environmental bogeyman is, of course, global warming. Asked if the globe is warming, Kemm replied, “I don’t believe so. The ground temperatures appear to be warming, but the satellite data on atmospheric temperatures do not agree. It could be that the ground data collection points which have been in the same places for a long time have had development grow around them,” thus leading to higher temperature readings, he said. One little-known aspect of the global warming debate, Kemm said: The prominent proponents of the global warming theory admit that even the Draconian limits on carbon dioxide emissions demanded by the Kyoto Protocol will do little to decrease global warming. “The biggest global warming gas is water vapor,” said Kemm. “In any case, warming could be leading to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not the other way around.” The sun’s natural 11-year cycle could be leading to temporary global warming-assuming it exists. “The sun puts out different amounts of energy depending on where it is in its cycle,” said Kemm. “In the middle of this year, the sun reached its peak and will now decline for years.”

“The committee boldly proclaims that the Western values of competition, progress, freedom, and stewardship can and do offer the best hope for protecting not only the earth and its wildlife, but even more importantly, its people,” says CFACT. The environmentalist agenda, said Kemm, is an attempt “to redesign the way mankind does business and runs society.”

Kemm may be reached c/o CFACT, P.O. Box 65722, Washington, D.C. 20035 (202-429-2737; e-mail:; website: