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Sustainability

Sustainable development goals will be hard sell for United Nations

Posted 7/8/2015

The Guardian

Progress on UN’s millennium development goals (MDG’s) has been mixed, but poverty has been tackled and attention captured – can September’s SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] do even that?

 UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon grouped the sustainable development goals into six ‘essential elements’: dignity, people, planet, prosperity, justice and partnership.

Study: Global One-child Policy Not Enough for “Sustainability”

Written by  Alex Newman
The New American

 Posted 11/13/2014

A team of environmental “scientists” published a new study in a U.S. government-linked journal claiming that even a planetary Communist Chinese-style one-child policy would not be enough to stop alleged “overpopulation” from ravishing the Earth and making humanity “unsustainable.” In fact, according to the Australian researchers, even combined with massive reductions in population via another world war, a global one-child policy would still not be enough to save the planet and the environment from the supposed scourge of mankind. To deal with their reputed “crisis,” the authors propose encouraging — read brainwashing or perhaps even coercing — women to have fewer children while rationing resources for those humans fortunate enough to escape their population-control regime. But even that will not be enough, according to the paper.

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Wind energy produces costly, intermittent, unpredictable electricity, yet government

Viv Forbes
for CFact.org

Posted 9/18/2014

Wind energy produces costly, intermittent, unpredictable electricity, yet government subsidies and mandates have encouraged a massive gamble on wind investments in Australia – over $7 billion has already been spent and another $30 billion is proposed. This expenditure is justified by the claim that by using wind energy there will be less carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere which will help to prevent dangerous global warming.

Incredibly, this claim is not supported by any credible cost-benefit analysis – a searching enquiry is well overdue. Here is a summary of things that should be included in the enquiry. Continue reading

Holaday: Sustainable Cities – 1984 closer than you think

Commentary by Rene Holladay

Posted 7/6/2013
When I was in college for Sociology, my chosen topic of extensive research was the Holocaust.  I ran across some interesting information about how the computer giant, IBM got their start in Nazi Germany when they came up with the solution for finding and registering the Jews.  According to the book titled, “IBM and the Holocaust” by Edwin Black, “IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.”
Their initial system they used to catalog the Jews was called the Hollerith card system.  Edwin Black’s book states “IBM and its German subsidiary custom-designed complex solutions, one by one, anticipating the Reich’s needs. They did not merely sell the (Hollerith)machines and walk away. Instead, IBM leased these machines for high fees and became the sole source of the billions of punch cards Hitler needed.”
Then they progressed their cataloging system into the numbering of prisoners by the tattooing the number onto their arms.  Without this efficient “computer system” created by IBM, the Nazi party would never has been as efficient as they were, nor would they have been able to annihilate as many people.
Having also been a full time researcher against the National Animal Identification System from 2006-2009, I found that the company named Verachip, who created the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)Microchip for animals and humans, just so happens to be a sister-company to IBM. As a current researcher of the United Nations and their system of foreign governance called “Sustainable Development”, it is interesting to me to see how IBM is still right in the thick of all the creepy plans of takeover by the UN on US soil. According to a recent FOX article, accompanied by a video, titled “U.S. Government Plans to Push Americans Out of Suburbs to Move in Planned Cities”, “Agenda 21 is an United Nations “action plan” that basically defines how citizens will live in the 21st Century. Under the guise of “eco-sustainability” and other “you-must-agree-with” buzz words, the plan ultimately reduces the freedoms and living conditions of citizens, not to mention reduce individual and property rights. A major component of this action plan is to get citizens out of rural and suburban areas to get them to live in dense, highly planned and controlled mega-cities. The elite wants to see citizens use less space, own less land and real estate and they want them to fully depend on state-owned public transportation….Corporations like IBM are highly involved in the creation of these “smart cities”.”

So here we see IBM involved in the process of getting US citizens to re-locate into the lock-down “Sustainable Cities” in the future. I would HIGHLY recommend that you watch this video clip asap, as this video is nothing short of chilling, as I have to ask myself if US citizens aren’t the next group to be treated like the WWII European Jewish citizens;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRFsoRQYpFM&feature=player_embedded

For those who don’t have a computer at home, you may simply go to your local library to view this video- it will be well worth your time to do so.  It describes the following:
•       Food and water is regulated and rationed by a “Global Food Council” which seizes total control over farming. Meat is a rare treat only to be enjoyed on special occasions
•       The state decides what your job will be with “designated career announcements,” nobody has the choice to decide their own vocation
•       Movement and behavior is controlled by a calorie credit card linked to a smart phone that rations the amount of travel the citizens of planned-opolis, are allowed to make. Private ownership of cars will be banned for non-elitists because, “the state knows they just aren’t practical anymore.”
•       “It makes so much sense doesn’t it,” insists the smiley faced slave “Vee,” who enjoys the fact that she can “switch off brain and go to work,” adding, “With this many people around I’m glad there’s a mega-computer in charge.”
•       Those who resist and still cling to some semblance of freedom in defiance of the state and the super-computers running the slave grid, there’s the “cry freedom ghetto,” prison camps for malcontents who are blocked from getting jobs, accessing high speed transport or the Internet
Other scenarios conceived by Forum for the Future are slightly different but they all have common threads: drastic reduction of rights, privileges and freedoms; constant reference to  “an elite” having exclusive rights on cars and other luxuries; state controlling all aspects of life….Thanks IBM!
“Makes so much sense, doesn’t it?” It says, and to that I respond……Sure, maybe if I were totally brain-dead and had no capacity or will to think for myself!

In God We Trust,
Rene’ Holaday
Author of “The Perils of Sustainable Development”, available on Amazon.com

Idaho Governor takes on Obama over carbon dioxide rules

Associated Press
for Capital Press

Posted 7/3/2013

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for seeking to limit coal-fired power plant emissions while not allowing sufficient timber cutting to tame big western wildfires, another greenhouse gas source.

Otter told reporters at a Western Governors’ Association meeting in Park City, Utah, on Sunday that Idaho wildfires release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than is released during the production of coal-generated electricity for Idaho’s 1.5 million residents.

The Republican governor’s numbers may be technically correct, but some scientists say the link was misleading because it focused on a single, sparsely populated state with large swaths of range and timberland that burn annually. Continue reading

Ag chemical companies work to solve bee deaths

Posted 6/14/2013

Capital Press

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of every three bites of food we consume depends on pollination by honeybees, but these overlooked contributors to our food system are continuing to die in stubbornly perplexing ways.

Beekeeping groups have held exhaustive conferences. Researchers have organized task forces. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has contributed some of its stretched resources to tracking down the cause of the mysterious deaths, and in a report issued last month, delivered a frustratingly complex answer: Many factors may be responsible, from stress to pesticides. Continue reading

CA: Agenda 21 stokes property-rights fears

by Tim Hearden
Capital Press

Posted 3/29/2013

Others say U.N.
land-use blueprint having no impact

QUINCY, Calif. — Carol Viscarra doesn’t consider herself a political activist, but Agenda 21 caught her attention.

The cattle, hay and vegetable producer from the Indian Valley near here is also an emergency-room nurse, so she doesn’t have much time to “bounce around the county addressing regulatory boards,” she said.

But battles over water from a stream that feeds her 450-acre ranch have taken Viscarra on a journey of research that led her to fight a proposed update of Plumas County’s general plan, which she believes could slowly destroy private property rights.

“I am an American,” she told the county planning commission recently, “and I believe that one of the primary pillars upon which rests our most fundamental freedoms as Americans is private property rights.”

Viscarra and some of her neighbors assert the updated plan closely mirrors Agenda 21, a United Nations document that’s drawn fire from some landowners and activists in the West who fear it’s behind a planned depopulation of rural areas. Continue reading

WA: Sequim policies hurt business, some merchants say about sign rules, ‘impact’ fees

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

Posted 3/27/2013

SEQUIM, WA –– Is the city of Sequim anti-business?

Many owners of businesses between downtown and the big box stores on the west side of the town that is a commercial center for the North Olympic Peninsula, say yes.

“Dancing with them has just been . . . insane,” said Karen Kester, owner of Karen’s Sequim Sewing Center inside the Sequim Village Center, 609 W. Washington St.

Restrictions on curb-side advertisements and impact fees charged on new businesses have prompted an onslaught of outrage from the West Washington Street business community toward City Hall. Continue reading

EPA: Green Gone Wild

IndUS Business Journal
Posted by David John Marotta

Posted 1/16/2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to vastly expand its power. Last year, the agency paid nearly $700,000 to the National Academy of Sciences to draft the document “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA.” This manifesto rationalizes why the EPA has the right to regulate every business, community and ecosystem in the country.

The key to the EPA’s regulatory control is “sustainability,” an illusive and ill-defined term even more broadly applicable than the interstate commerce clause. According to the EPA’s website, “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” Continue reading

Running, horseback riding on Dungeness Spit to disappear – Comment period to end soon

Op/Ed by Sue Forde

Posted 12/5/2012

Clallam County, WA – No more jogging?  No more horseback riding?  Walking may be next?  The US  Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)  has offered three possibilities for the future of the Dungeness Spit – where residents and tourists used to be free to walk, run, and ride their horses – all without any harm to the wildlife there, which always seems to adjust to the presence of people.

 

The Spit, now known as the “Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge“, is operated by the USFWS, which has issued plans for change in the use of the once-open and enjoyed area.  Their preferred option is to remove the right of people to jog and ride their horses on the Spit.  They plan on exchanging that freedom for more “environmental education”. Continue reading

HUD eCon: Government Planning is Coming to Your Community

September 21st, 2012

by John Anthony
Sustainable Freedom Lab

HUD [U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development] is coming to a community near you with an upgraded toolbox of planning programs to support needs-driven, place-based decision-making and deepen informed public participation.

Why is HUD involved in your local community planning?  Look no further than those irresistible HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants.  They are just one of the keys that opens the door for the Federal Government to “leverage” their financial investment in your hometown. Continue reading

Progress being made on new DOE watershed rule, says county commissioner

August 15, 2012

PORT ANGELES, WA — In what he described as a “huge step forward,” Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire this week praised state Department of Ecology for addressing his concerns about the proposed water management rule for the Dungeness Valley. As it stands, McEntire said the state-initiated rule is “good enough” to preserve streamflows and protect senior water rights without harming the economy or infringing on property rights. “Big milestone,” McEntire said in a Tuesday commissioners’ meeting. “It ain’t over by any means. We’ve got to stay on this. But this is a big step.” READ MORE >>>>>

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How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For The Cities

By Stanley Kurtz
for Forbes Magazine

Political experts left and right agree: the coming election will be decided by America’s suburbanites.  From Florida to Virginia on across the country, in every battleground state, they are the key demographic. All of which raises a question that has not been considered as yet, and ought to be: is President Obama’s re-election in the suburbanites’ interest?  The answer emphatically is no.

As many Americans do not know, in the eyes of the leftist community organizers who trained Obama, suburbs are instruments of bigotry and greed — a way of selfishly refusing to share tax money with the urban poor.  Obama adopted this view early on, and he has never wavered from this ideological commitment, as a review of his actions in office goes to show.

President Obama’s plans for a second-term include an initiative to systematically redistribute the wealth of America’s suburbs to the cities.  It’s a transformative idea, and deserves to be fully aired before the election.  But like a lot of his major progressive policy innovations, Obama has advanced this one stealthily–mostly through rule-making, appointment, and vague directives.  Obama has worked on this project in collaboration with Mike Kruglik, one of his original community organizing mentors.  Kruglik’s new group, Building One America, advocates “regional tax-base sharing,” a practice by which suburban tax money is directly redistributed to nearby cities and less-well-off “inner-ring” suburbs.  Kruglik’s group also favors a raft of policies designed to coerce people out of their cars and force suburbanites (with their tax money) back into densely packed cities. Continue reading

Countdown To CAOmageddon: Flaw #8 – Science Fiction

The Trojan Heron Commentary

August 10, 2012

Friends Board member, Janet Alderton, who never met a person she couldn’t lecture, has a letter in a local news blog about unfounded CAO fears. In it, she claims that the new CAOs will hardly change anything for homeowners, which (if true) just begs the obvious question of why are we changing them at all?

The fact is that the new CAOs will change everything for our community, but if Janet is genuinely interested in unfounded claims, perhaps she should re-read the text of the CAOs which she helped to write. Here’s an excerpt from the proposed CAO for wetlands.

As discussed in the BAS Synthesis, runoff from areas influenced by human development is well characterized (National Research Council, 2008) and is often contaminated with an array of pollutants, including: those from lawn and garden chemicals (containing both active ingredients and surfactants that can negatively affect aquatic species); building materials including pressure treated lumber (containing copper chromated arsenate), zinc and copper impregnated shingles and roofing strips, and roofing materials containing phthalates (plastic gutters and downspouts, roofing felt, roof membranes); fertilizers; rodent poisons; termite spray and other insecticides; moss control products; deicers; contaminants associated with automobiles, including oil, antifreeze, rubber and metals from the wear of tires, brakes and other parts; and sediment from dirt and gravel driveways. Many of these contaminants are directly associated with the choices and practices of the property owner and are difficult or impossible to regulate. If they are allowed to enter surface water bodies, these pollutants can contaminate and become concentrated in the food web, negatively affecting aquatic habitats and species.

Is well characterized? Is often contaminated with an array of pollutants? Are impossible to regulate? Can contaminate and become concentrated in the food web?

Talk about unfounded! There isn’t a shred of evidence about de manifestis concentrations of pollution from any of those hypothetical sources in this county. It’s a specious premise, and it displays the fundamental error with all the CAOs: “they” have assumed a problem without any evidence. Then, “they” have “solved” the problem with draconian measures. It’s equivalent to a faith healer diagnosing you with cancer or some other horrible disease, and then laying his hands upon you and saying you are cured. Well, many folks don’t want the County’s hands upon them, or anyone else’s hands either. Leave us alone. We’re not sick, and we don’t need your “help.”

Politically correct light bulbs requires pages of new regulations and fines

Posted 7/20/2012

by Marguerite Glover

 

How many of you have ever gotten really hurt, from an incandescent light bulb? Did it work? Did you receive light from it?

Well, now that we are all using the new, energy-saving, politically correct light bulbs, Ecology has to come up with new regulations!

NEW SECTION

WAC 173-910-010 Purpose.
(1) Washington state law requires establishment of a convenient and environmentally sound product stewardship program for mercury-containing lights throughout Washington state by January 1, 2013.

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These new regulations would apply to any producer, transporter, retailer, processors/recyclers, etc., of Mercury-containing lights. There are requirements and fines for non-compliance, for all of these groups. The producers will get to pay DOE an annual fee; pay “all administrative and operational costs associated with their program or programs, except for…”; “participate in a fully implemented plan;” and “take actions required to correct violations,” among other things. The producers FIRST violation notice, for not implementing an approved plan is an “automatic penalty of up to $5,000, plus warning letter…”

These new regulations include requirements and fines for stewardship organizations, and their collection processes. The new WACs are 27 pages long. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/laws-rules/mercuryLights/p1109a.pdf

The public comment period ends August 14, 2012. Here is a flyer about the regulations and the process for submitting comments: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/publications/1207014.pdf

You will note that, “discarded mercury-containing lights can release toxic mercury vapors.” But, this proposed Rule has received a Declaration of Non-Significance, under the State Environmental Policy Act. If the lights can be toxic/harmful, would this Rule have a significance? It will certainly make for more fees, increased prices (sent on to the consumer), and more employees needed, in DOE.

More rules and regulations, every week.
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Marguerite Glover is a Sequim, WA realtor who has been actively involved with following the WA State Dept. of Ecology rules and regulations for over 15 years.

Rio+20: ICLEI Members Admit “Bait and Switch” to Boost Climate Agenda

Monday June 18, 2012
News release from Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. To advance public action on global warming, participants attending the ICLEI World Congress admitted today that they are deliberately employing new terminology to misdirect opponents and gain acceptance of their efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases. By utilizing terms like “sustainability” and “sustainable development,” the group wants to mask its objectives and disarm would-be critics who might otherwise oppose their agenda, ICLEI attendees confided with CFACT representatives at the conference. Continue reading

EPA power grab to regulate ditches, gullies on private property

EPA power grab unleashes bipartisan backlash

By: Audrey Hudson
Human Events

6/11/2012 08:05 A

Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways.

These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snowmelt, and would make it harder for private property owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say. Continue reading

Clallam County approves letter to Ecology on Dungeness water rule

By Rob Ollikainen  Peninsula Daily News

July 3, 2012

PORT ANGELES — After a week of deliberation, the three Clallam County commissioners reached consensus Tuesday on a letter addressing the state Department of Ecology’s proposed water management rule for the Dungeness Valley. The revised three-page letter raises eight concerns the county has about the state-initiated rule that would set minimum flows in the river, create a water exchange and require the owner of new wells to mitigate his or her use of water by purchasing credits. The controversial rule would affect the eastern half of Water Resource Inventory Area 18 from Bagley Creek to Sequim Bay. Concerns raised by the county include the requirement for meters on new wells, protection from liability and the need for a periodic performance assessment of the rule. The letter — which commissioners approved by a 3-0 vote Tuesday — is available at www.clallam.net. Commissioner Jim McEntire, the board liaison for Water Resource Inventory Area 18 issues, led the effort to formulate comments that reflect the interests of his fellow board members, county staff and the public. READ MORE >>>http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20120704/news/307049990/clallam-county-approves-letter-to-ecology-on-dungeness-water-rule

Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves

Posted 5/30/2012
From Property Rights Foundation of America
Speech from Proceedings of the Seventh Annual New York Conference
on Private Property Rights
(2003)
Opening Address-Grassroots Action — Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves
Don Parmeter
International Falls, Minnesota

Thank you. My name is Don, and I am a recovering environmentalist. I thank you for that introduction. Carol and I have talked over the phone, like she said, for years, but it’s nice to be back in New York. I have to tell you something though. I don’t know who designed your freeway system. I was thinking about that as I was coming out of New York City last night trying to figure out how to get to Albany. It looked easy on the map. You know, I did take some map reading courses at West Point, so it’s not that I don’t know how to read a map, but, anyway, the only thing I could think of was the Department of Tourism once they get people in New York they don’t want them to leave, so they create this system. I have to tell you, you’ve a ways to go to keep up with Pennsylvania, though. I think I have been living in rural America for too long. You get in a metropolitan area and you kind of panic. So that’s why, after 25 years in Northern Minnesota, I am moving to St. Paul, which is kind of a frightening prospect. What are you going to do driving in that traffic? Well, you know what? I found a place to live that’s seven miles walking distance to the Capitol, so I am looking forward to that, actually.

Frankly, that’s one of the problems we have in the rural parts of America. Our capitols are so far away. I was trying to get things done living five hours from the Capitol and, I tell you what, those folks that live in the St. Paul area have an advantage. The problem is, us folks that are passionate about what happens in the rural parts of the country, we don’t want to live in the city, and we tried for years to try to get the Capitol moved up north. It’s a lost cause. I get involved in a lot of battles, but that one we’re going to lose.

But I really appreciate the invitation. It’s nice to be back here. I want to congratulate Carol for organizing this conference. I am not a conference organizer, but I got stuck with one, and I tell you it’s a lot of work and a lot of headaches, but forums like this are really important to bring a lot of people together. So thank you for doing that, Carol. Continue reading

Citizens voice extreme concerns at water management meeting

by Lois Krafsky Perry
Citizen Review Online

Posted June 29, 2012

Sequim, WA – The Dungeness Water Management open house presentation and public hearing was staged by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), June 28th, 2012,  at the Sequim Community Church sanctuary, on North 5th Avenue in Sequim, WA.

Apparently there was not enough room for  facilitator, Judy Beisel, to put her paperwork, so she plopped it onto the altar, which also held a large Bible and Chalice.

Clallam County taxpayers, as well as Jefferson County citizens, numbered approximately 300 people, with attendees  from as far as Lake Ozette, who also came to testify.  There were approximately 10 representatives from the DOE and/or auxiliary agencies. Continue reading

Bed Bath & Beyond Executives Questioned Over Company’s “Sustainability” Efforts

Shareholder Demands Transparency Over Company’s “Green” Programs, Calls on Executives to Issue Separate Financial Report Detailing So-Called Sustainability Campaigns

News Release – National Center for Public Policy Research

Posted 6/23/2012

Morristown, NJ / Washington, DC – Today, at Bed Bath & Beyond’s annual meeting of shareholders in Morristown, New Jersey, National Center for Public Policy Research General Counsel Justin Danhof questioned the company’s Chief Executive Officer Steven Temares about the retail stores push for potentially costly sustainability efforts.

Danhof also met privately with Mr. Temares and Michael Callahan, the firm’s Corporate Counsel.

Danhof left the meetings optimistic that Bed Bath and Beyond understands the consumer’s need for low prices and the importance of not forcing financially-impossible restrictions on small business suppliers in the name of “sustainability” programs that often may be imposed under pressure from outsiders.

“Mr. Temares reviewed his company’s sustainability practices with me. They appear to take pains not to hurt consumers, shareholders and suppliers, as some companies are willing to do just to please outside special interests,” reported Danhof. “For example, Bed Bath and Beyond realized that reducing packaging to save fuel would be a net positive for shareholders, vendors, customers and the environment, and they worked cooperatively but not coercively with suppliers to realize this benefit. This is responsible sustainability that hurts no one and deserves applause.” Continue reading

Climategate 2.0 exposes climate science hypocrisy on eve of UN’s Durban Conference

News release from The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
CFACT

November 23, 2011

A second batch of leaked emails from scientists working on board and alongside the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have come to light. They contain shocking revelations which show an insular cadre of climate scientists coordinating efforts to place advocacy ahead of science, stifle dissent, and conceal information which detracts from a preconceived, ideologically driven, global warming narrative.

This shockingly candid look at the machinations of the high priests of global warming has given rise to renewed demands that the EPA, EU and global community cancel existing plans and programs designed to radically lower or cap and tax carbon emissions. These misguided policies already have created economic havoc in Europe, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and pose a major threat to the world economy. Continue reading

Godfather of Global Green Thinking Steps Out of Shadows at Rio+20

Strong, 82, has been taking part in a variety of conference side-events prior to the three-day meeting of some 130 top-level international leaders, part of a growing wave of hoopla and promotion that will climax at the summit leadership sessions. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the U.S. delegation there.

His appearance at Rio + 20  is also the latest stage in a Long March through controversy that has kept Strong, a native Canadian who is widely deemed to be one of the key instigators of the global environmental movement, living a low-profile life in China for the past half-decade. Continue reading

County increases buffers to development near streams

By Steven Friederich
The Daily World

6/12/2012

MONTESANO, WA — On a split vote, the Grays Harbor County commissioners approved changes to the county’s critical areas ordinance, which increases the “buffers” land owners must leave between development and
wetlands.

A rural area near the Chehalis or Wynooche rivers would have had to leave a 50-foot buffer under the old rules. But, under the newly-adopted rules, that buffer is increased to 150 feet.

Gone also are the old permitting rules under the critical areas ordinance that allowed a single-residential home to be treated differently than a major industrial site. Now, all applications are treated the same with identical buffers. Continue reading

THE ECTOPIANS HAVE ARRIVED

By Lois Krafsky-Perry
Citizen Review Online

(Ed Note:  Written first in 2001, this look at the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is a good reference point to what has been happening here and in other places over the years.)


Clallam County, WA – 6/28/01 – The North Olympic Peninsula is gripped with alarm, while citizens continue with their daily plans of building, remodeling, and simply living.

Something is different, and most tax-paying citizens do not realize what it is until they apply for permits with county planners.

Looming in front of the unexpected applicants is a list of specifications that would make their forefathers wipe their brows in dismay.

That list is joined together with something called the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). Not only is this an onerous ordinance but, suddenly a team of non-elected bureaucrats have leaped over the rules of county government (The Home Rule Charter) and are making demands that many of their elite don’t understand. Since their demands by- pass reason and logic, and play upon the whimsical perceptions of the latest designer, most ordinary citizens do not have a clue about what is happening to their beloved community.

Long before Ernest Callenbach’s books, “Ectopia”, and “Ectopia Emerging,” an extensive appetite for control was calculated by a diverse legion of schemers; and this new way of thinking was developed. Continue reading

Report: UN to consider $1,300 green tax on US

by Joel Gehrke
Commentary Staff Writer
The Washington Examiner

Posted 6/14/2012

Diplomats at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Conference in Rio de Janeiro next week will consider proposals that would levy taxes on American families and energy industries in order to support international efforts to combat global warming, according to a draft agenda for the conference.

“We recognize that subsidies for non-renewable energy development should be eliminated and replaced with a global tax on the production of energy from non-renewable energy sources,” the UN draft agenda, amended by non-governmental organizations at the invitation of the UN, says. “The income of this tax should be allocated to renewable energy development.” The draft agenda was obtained by the Center for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a group skeptical of the UN’s position on global warming. Continue reading

Marked-up draft of UN Rio+20 agenda reveals shocking “sustainability” wish list.

An American family of four could owe the UN $1,325 per year.

Posted 6/13/2012 –

The United Nations plans to make its Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference “the most significant environmental conference in history.” A draft planning and agenda document, “The Future We Want,” marked-up by myriad ultra-liberal NGOs, provides an unvarnished look at what lurks behind Rio+20.

“Americans, their free world partners and people in developing nations who hope to lift themselves out of poverty should be on their guard. Otherwise Rio+20 could easily trap them in a future we dread,” said Craig Rucker, CEO of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, a Washington, DC-based organization that advances the needs of people, while also protecting wildlife and environmental values.

The UN’s international NGO allies want to expand previous calls for a “green economy,” by including new demands for “resource justice” and new mechanisms to ensure “contraction and convergence for over- and under-consumers of natural resources.” People do not need advanced degrees to figure out whose economies and lifestyles the activists intend to “contract,” Rucker commented. Continue reading

Rio + 20 conference: Negotiators producing a mammoth, messy and expensive grab bag of regulations and demands

EXCLUSIVE:  By George Russell
Fox News

Published June 01, 2012

FoxNews.com

Three weeks before the U.N.-sponsored Rio + 20 summit conference on  sustainable development, member countries that  the United States hoped  would produce a five-page summary of goals are instead haggling over a mammoth   grab-bag of demands for new planetary regulation and assertions that   industrialized countries, led by the U.S., should  pay for, among  other things, an unprecedented and massively expensive transfer of technology  and funds to the developing world.

At one point, the text being debated by hundreds of negotiators climbed to  171 pages  before being cut back by executive fiat to 86 pages—only to  start climbing steeply again. Continue reading

Rio + 20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro to discus Public Private Partnerships – Beware!

Dear Editor,
We are now at the 2 week countdown mark, approaching the Rio + 20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro where the nation’s leaders are expected to sign over control of their nations to the United Nations through the Rio + 20 Treaty, making the UN the sole governing body of the world.  So far, Obama has been in compliance with everything the UN has wanted to do.

This week’s topic is the UN’s “Public Private Partnerships”(PPPs).  Public Private Partnerships are the UN’s form of fascist economic control in which the government, considered the “Public” portion, partners with the “Private” sector, which are corporations or other non-governmental organizations or “NGOs”.  Fascist Dictator, Benito Mussolini defined this partnership between government and corporations as the perfect form of fascism since each side could accomplish control over the people that the other could not.

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In Memoriam: Columnist Henry Lamb dies at 74

Globalism expert was vociferous defender of Constitution, U.S. sovereignty

Henry Lamb

Henry LambWorldNetDaily
5/24/2012

Longtime exclusive WND columnist, constitutionalist and defender of U.S. sovereignty Henry Lamb passed away earlier today after facing several health challenges over the last few months. He was 74.

Lamb was a tireless defender of U.S. sovereignty and expert in the United Nations and moves toward global governance. His 2008 book is entitled, “The Rise of Global Governance.”

Suffering from respiratory and circulatory problems, Lamb spent time in the Intensive Care Unit in November, fought his way back and returned to writing his weekly column by the 1st of the year. His last WND column, “Money in politics? Framers had the solution,” was published May 4.

“Henry Lamb was a stalwart champion of constitutional values and national sovereignty,” stated WND commentary editor Ron Strom. “He educated countless Americans about globalist schemes and threats to personal property rights. Henry was inspirational for both his fortitude and his graciousness.”

Lamb was the founding chairman of Sovereignty International and the founding CEO of the Environmental Conservation Organization, as well as founder of Freedom21 Inc.. His weekend column has appeared in WND since 1999.

Lamb attended United Nations meetings around the world, was a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops across the country, and was a regular guest on dozens of talk-radio programs. He has provided testimony for the U.S. Congress, as well as state legislatures, and served as a consultant on U.N. affairs to Fox News. He also serves on various boards and committees of organizations that promote environmental stewardship, private property rights and constitutional values. Continue reading

Stop Push to Raise Retail Prices, J.C. Penney

Shareholder to Question Sustainability Push by J.C. Penney and Retail Industry Leaders Association Over Expected Harm to Customers and Small Suppliers

Commentary by NCPPR

Posted May 25, 2012

Plano, TX / Washington, DC –  Today at the annual shareholders meeting of J.C. Penney the National Center for Public Policy Research plans to question J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson about the merchandise retailer’s participation in mandatory sustainability efforts destined to cause product prices to increase and small suppliers to suffer.

J.C. Penney is a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), one of the country’s largest trade organizations, representing more than 200 companies and many of the largest American retail chains. Earlier this year, RILA issued the first ever industry-wide sustainability report in which it pressured its member organizations to reduce their environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas usage. Continue reading

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