SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Part 2
[For property to be private, the owner must be free to put the property to the use that he or she designs, whether the property is one’s land, car, tree or person and provided that the equal rights of another are not violated in the process.]
If government can control plants,” he added, “We become government’s chattel.” – Michael Shaw
By the time the final documents are presented, local elected officials have little choice but to support the program. Politicians, as well as individual citizens, who express concerns about the program are labeled as “anti-environmental,” or worse. The consensus process is an ingeniously designed and skillfully implemented process to by-pass local elected governing bodies and the larger community of people who are governed.
The final step is implementation. No policy document developed by non-elected officials carries the weight of law. Therefore, it is necessary to find ways to get the policies written into enforceable law. Early in the process, federal, state, and local administrative officials are brought into the process at the local level. Federal agencies have long ago found ways to reinterpret existing legislative authority to allow for the implementation of Agenda 21 objectives. Ron Brown, then-Secretary of the Department of Commerce, told the 10th meeting of the PCSD that his Department had determined that they could implement 67 of the PCSD’s 154 recommendations within the framework of existing legislative authorities. The Department of Interior is implementing the Ecosystem Management Policy, by reinterpreting existing legislative authority. The EPA is implementing Agenda 21 objectives, and the objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, by revising existing Clean Air Standards through the rule promulgation process. Using the carrot-or- stick method, federal agencies are using incentives or penalties to encourage state and local agencies to do the same. Where existing authorities cannot be stretched enough to accommodate the objectives of Agenda 21, new incremental legislation is proposed, or administrative rule changes are initiated.
To ensure overall compliance with the community vision developed by the local Visioning Council, a favored technique is to develop a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Visioning Council, or a quasi-public entity created to succeed the Council, and the various governing bodies within the multi-jurisdictional area embraced by the plan. The MOA typically requires any development approval by any of the local governing agencies to be approved by the Council as a means to coordinate implementation of the plan throughout the plan area.
The local plan often takes several years to complete, but when complete, the transformation of society around the central organizing principle of protecting the environment is well established. The central organizing principle of government empowered by the people who are governed is effectively relegated to the ash heap of history.
** Henry Lamb has a comprehensive archive totaling more than 2,000 pages and accumulated since 1994, located at Sovereignty International’s Library.
Tyranny occurs when those who direct the force of government presume such omnipotence – just like becoming drunk after consuming too much alcohol. Lord Acton put it this way: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he adds.
Methods for government to assume control of land include gaining direct or indirect authority of the plants and/or the water, Shaw continues. When government controls a nation’s land or the land’s resources, that nation is no longer a “land of the free” people. Government control of the land is necessary for – and a precursor of – state collectivism. This is why ANY City attack on private property begins the process of eliminating private property and the freedom that private property supports.
There is an increasing occurrence of “consensus” between the “pro-environment” and “pro-business” factions. These agreements routinely take away reasonable uses of someone else’s property and or place limitations on other people’s reasonable actions. Citizens at large have detected a newly identified syndrome affecting many elected officials and recipients of government largesse. Those who seek to control others with such reasoning are being discovered in alarming numbers. The attack on private property is becoming institutionalized. And with it, the attack on freedom itself. As George Washington said, “Private Property and freedom are inseparable,”
Department of Transportation (DOT) is targeting America’s farming communities with costly and oppressive regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), part of the Department of Transportation (DOT), wants new standards that would require all farmers and everyone on the farm to obtain a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) in order to operate any farming equipment. The agency is going to accomplish this by reclassifying all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). (It is also important to note here that DOT Secretary Ray LaHood holds a seat on the newly created White House Rural Council. A powerful group whose members have ties to George Soros and The Center For American Progress.)
If it this allowed to take effect, it will place significant regulatory pressure on small farms and family farms all across America, costing them thousands of dollars and possibly forcing many of them out of business.
The move by the DOT appears to be “legislation through regulation.” By reclassifying all farm vehicles and implements as Commercial Vehicles, the federal government will now be able to claim regulatory control over the estimated 800,000 farm workers in America, at the same time, overriding the rights of the states. This proposed change literally means family farms could no longer legally allow young workers, not old enough to drive and seniors who no longer drive on the public streets, to operate a tractor… even on the family’s private property.
Some of the additional paperwork and regulation required:
- Detailed logs would need to be kept by all drivers – hours worked, miles traveled, etc.
- Vehicles would have to display DOT numbers
- Drivers would need to pass a physical as well as a drug test – every two years.
Waco, TX television station KXXV has the story: http://youtu.be/fH7RtRq-C4w
Politicians and other agents of Agenda 21 are inundating us with overlapping schemes that quietly and deliberately drown our property rights and freedom. For surefire evidence, take a look at U.S. Congress – H.R. 5101 Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2010. This bill includes transboundary tax-payer funded projects for wild animal bridges and tunnels, increasing roadless areas and other means to capture more natural resources and private property for government and its partners.
Previous Govenor Gregoire (Wa State) and Leed, LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
On April 8, 2005 Governor Christine Gregoire signed a high performance green buildings bill into law. Known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), it is an internationally-recognized green building certification system which made Washington the first state to require new public buildings comply with “green building” standards of energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards.
“With this bill, Washington State is taking the lead to build schools and other state buildings that do a much better job of protecting Washington’s air, land and water,” Gregoire said at a signing ceremony at Washington Middle School in Olympia. “One of my hopes is that by showing the way, we will encourage everybody from mall developers to homebuilders to use the same green building techniques that schools and other government buildings will be using.”
Whereas: Governor Gregoire signed additional legislation in May 2009 that instituted the Community Energy Efficiency Pilot program, which according to Green for All is a national precedent calling it “the most comprehensive and groundbreaking green jobs legislation of our time.” And Whereas: Many Washington cities and counties are currently members of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), a non-governmental organization whose primary goal is to force local governments into conformance with Agenda 21, a subset of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development plan, and Whereas: The language of Agenda 21 was written to control land use, use of fossil fuels, reduce motorized transportation, increase wilderness areas, eliminate use of appliances such as air conditioners, and opting out of suburban living, etc.,and Whereas: Governor Gregoire has been rewarding outstanding local planning efforts through the Smart Communities Awards Program since 2006. On June 8, 2011 she continued the practice by announcing 12 winners for 2011, and Whereas: The program is administered by the Growth Management Program at the Washington State Department of Commerce, “the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington.” (Department of Commerce – About Commerce), and Whereas: Similarly, membership to the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Center makes a city eligible for awards at its conferences for improvements to the environment, and
Whereas: Harvey Rubin, former vice chairman of ICLEI, once said: “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”
Washingtonians should strongly lobby their political parties, elected officials, and government bureaucrats to walk away from their association with ICLEI, the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Center, Agenda 21 and any funding sources that commit us to plans developed by the United Nations.
Congress and other elites are desperately clinging to the fraud of man-made global warming in an attempt to illegitimately wrest control of private property. Many people still nominally own and pay taxes on their private property but if their property is even slightly proximate to the imagined wildlife corridors, then animals rule as “new habitat” is created for them in response to “climate change” and other “threats” (meaning people). It doesn’t matter that grandma’s house has been there for 100 years and she and the animals get along fine. Not anymore, government will determine what if any use might be made of land that falls in or near corridors invented ostensibly to protect animals (in truth this is done to take private property and to control the human population).
Here are a few examples of Wildlife Corridor Program across the United States. Once again they are bad programs hiding behind pretty pictures and phony words. Rim of the Valley Los Angeles Basin, California, Buffalo Commons Plains States, USA and Yellowstone to Yukon or “Y to Y” plus there are many more.
Norman MacLeod of Washington explains that HR 5101 incorporates the legislative provisions of Section 481 of HR 2454 (the House version of the climate bill) and Section 6009 of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill draft. These sections authorize a wildlife corridors information system. HR 5101 builds on this with implementation programs, mostly to be housed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funding mechanisms and public-private structures are included. The bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.
This bill is intended to lead to the formal creation of several continental-scale wildlife corridor systems that include core habitat, connectivity, and buffer systems that will impact livelihoods, homes, ranches, farms, access to resources, outdoor recreation and more.
The bill can be tracked at www.thomas.gov