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Agenda 21: Global control starts here
Wilson County NewsAugust 22, 2012 | 1,220 views | 1 comment
Whether it is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing greenhouse-gas reductions or a congressman promoting Cap and Trade legislation or local communities adopting ordinances using the international building codes, all can be linked to Agenda 21 or similar documents promoting sustainable development. For a brief history of Agenda 21, see “Seeds are sown” on page 13A.
The late Henry Lamb, a former writer for the World Net Daily and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization and Freedom 21 Inc., attended every United Nations (U.N.) Climate Change meeting from 1996 to 2001, and educated the public via articles at http//www.sovereignty.net. He wrote against any climate-change treaty “on the basis of the U.N.’s flawed science as well as the adverse economic impact.”
In “The Cost of Sustainable Development, A Briefing Paper,” Lamb outlined how Agenda 21 has been interwoven into government agencies and why we should be concerned.
According to Lamb:
•No legislation was passed for sustainable development. “The Congress of the United States -- elected by those who are governed -- has not enacted legislation that defines or authorizes a national policy of sustainable development. ... Nevertheless, the policies conceived by the international community are being implemented in local communities ... across America.”
•Land use policies were implemented in rural America: Citing the preamble of the U.N.’s policy on land use, “Land ... cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice. ... Public control of land use is therefore indispensable.” Congress debated and denied the Federal Land Use Planning Act, “which embraced the U.N. policy on land use.”
•Global warming is unproven. Citing the Leipzig Declaration, Lamb wrote, “The policies to implement the [climate change] treaty are, as of now, based solely on unproven scientific theories, imperfect computer models -- and unsupported assumptions that catastrophic global warming follows from the burning of fossil fuels and requires immediate action. We do not agree. Many climate specialists now agree that actual observations from weather satellites show no global warming whatsoever -- in direct contradiction to computer model results.”
•Greenhouse gas emissions issues were set without Congress. “Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) discovered an internal memo within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), prepared by Michael Shelby in EPA’s Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation. The memo set forth 39 measures that could be implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- without Congressional involvement.” Two of these include “EPA-mandated emission control technology required in State Implementation Plans; and Emission-based registration fees.”
View Lamb’s paper at http://www.sovereignty.net/p/sd/mopaper.htm.
In late 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA can regulate carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases from power plants and automobiles, once an endangerment finding is established.
James Madison, in a 1788 speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, said, “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
The EPA, through the Clean Air Act, already has implemented the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which restrict ozone levels to not exceed 0.075 parts per billion in an eight-hour period.
The reach of government control is not limited to large factories, since the rural sector also has been targeted.
Cap and Trade legislation -- which included the infamous cattle gas tax, regulating methane -- received widespread opposition from the ag sector, and was defeated -- for now.
The EPA also tried to regulate dust under “particle pollution” and is set to address this again at the end of this year.
Agenda 21 “marketers” are using humanity, women’s rights, and saving the environment -- using such terms as sustainable development -- to promote this global plan.
In 1992, “voluntary” efforts to reduce carbon emissions were agreed upon by those involved, and ways to fund Agenda 21 were first proposed. Lamb was concerned Agenda 21 would become a binding treaty in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 20th anniversary of the signing this past June, but that did not occur.
Is Agenda 21 “sustainable development,” a plan to save the world? Or is it, as some allege, a plan for more government control in everyday aspects of citizens’ lives?
Read more about what did happen in Rio in a coming issue of the Wilson County News.
SEEDS ARE SOWN
Few know the seeds of Agenda 21 were sown in a U.S. vision statement that began with the signing of an executive order in June 1993 by President Bill Clinton. This order created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, with a revised charter in 1997.
“Our vision is of a life-sustaining Earth,” the charter states. “We are committed to achievement of a dignified, peaceful, and equitable existence. A sustainable United States will have a growing economy that provides equitable opportunities for satisfying livelihoods and a safe, healthy, high quality of life for current and future generations. Our nation will protect its environment, its natural resource base, and the functions and viability of natural systems on which all life depends.”
Clinton was not the first president to promote this policy, known as sustainable development. That credit goes to President George H.W. Bush, during the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. At that time, Agenda 21, a 288-page, 40-chapter “soft law” policy, was adopted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bush was joined by 178 other heads of state in signing the agreement, which obligated the United States to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and provide funds to further the policy.
While “saving the planet” is noble, science regarding global warming is not up for debate. The charter’s “Scope of Activities” states: “Advise the President on domestic implementation of policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Council should not debate the science of global warming, but should instead focus on the implementation of national and local greenhouse gas reduction policies and activities ... consistent with U.S. international agreements.”
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