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AN ANALYSIS — Mirror, mirror: Obama administration reflects Agenda 21
The November presidential election could be the most important election in America’s history. With ObamaCare and immigration reform being debated, one issue is being kept low-key -- climate change. In a June 18 The New Yorker article, “The Political Scene, The Second Term, What would Obama Do if Re-elected?” President Obama stated that “the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now.”
His stance could sound a death knell for American agriculture.
Ironically, The New Yorker article was issued prior to the Rio+20 conference held in late June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when “The Future We Want” document was agreed on. The 283-paragraph document was agreed to by the estimated 19,000 delegates from 190 nations in attendance, and reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to Agenda 21. Several paragraphs address greenhouse gas-emission reductions. It even contains language similar to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, and immigration reform,. View the document at http://bit.ly/KkBG1p.
Obama and this Rio document continue the work of President George H.W. Bush, who signed the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, known as “Agenda 21,” and President Bill Clinton, who created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in 1993. The tentacles of Agenda 21 continue to spread, with little or no opposition. It seems no one cares, or better yet, understands sustainable development.
Under Agenda 21’s sustainable development, people will be told where they can live and how they can build their houses. Rail systems or even hike-bike trails will replace individual transportation and highways; urban gardening and suburban edible landscaping and community gardens will be common. Less land will be used for animal husbandry, and the promotion of “meatless Monday” will be encouraged.
Also, the reduction of greenhouse gases will become a priority, though without a solid scientific foundation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will have more power, and if you happen to live on a farm or ranch, be prepared for more regulatory control. Remember Cap and Trade and the Waxman-Markey climate-change bill?
Gas and diesel costs are expected to increase by 58 percent over current costs, and electric rates will be 90 percent higher, according to a June 9, 2009, The Heritage Foundation article. The plan also would decimate farm income. “Farm income (or the amount left after paying all expenses) is expected to drop ... $25 billion in 2024, and over $50 billion in 2035,” say economists at the Heritage Foundation Center for Data Analysis.
Even the American Farm Bureau Federation stepped in in late 2009 to oppose Cap and Trade by citing from an Agriculture Department study that 8 percent of farmland would be wiped out and this land would be converted to woodlands by 2050.
The United States is being forced to plant trees, as Brazil continues clearing the rain forest to plant grain and raise livestock.
And the United Nations’ plans to foster Agenda 21 continue with the introduction of a “Happy Planet Index,” which purports to measure quality of life and more using environmental footprints, greenhouse gases, and other criteria, rather than factors such as the goods and services produced within a country annually, including value-added products.
Will the American farmer survive? Most likely not, but again, members of Congress are more concerned about being re-elected to their high-paying jobs rather than doing the job at hand -- passing a Farm Bill, or even getting their finances under control.
Oh, I forgot, we can always go to our local supermarket and get the food we want -- from another country -- since the U.S. farmers and ranchers will be unable to continue, as most of their time will be consumed by the mountain of government forms required to be in compliance with regulations.
See related articles page 1A and 5A.
•Poth rejects U.N.’s Agenda 21 - http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=46841
•Rio+20 update -- no human rights included in Happy Planet Index - http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=46831
Wilson County News Ag Reporter Pat Kopecki has received national recognition for her coverage of greenhouse-gas emissions and other issues.
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