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Agenda 21 4 part Series Mtn. Democrat
Here is 3 of a 4 part series being run in the Mountain Democrat on Agenda 21.
I've seen some of here writings before in the CABPRO Newsletter.
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Agenda 21: Central planning on steroids: Global warming believers unmasked by Climategate
By Dawn Hodson
Staff writer From page A1 | May 18, 2012 | 25 Comments
Editor's note — Agenda 21 is a topic of conversation at Tea Party meetings and coffee shops. This begins a four-part analysis series examining and explaining the issues associated with Agenda 21.
"In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill .... All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself." (The First Global Revolution, the Club of Rome.)
In 1968, a global think tank called the Club of Rome issued a report called "Limits to Growth." Composed of heads of state, U.N. bureaucrats, business leaders, scientists and others, the group called for resource conservation, population reduction and global governance.
The Club of Rome was not the first group to develop this thesis, but in the modern era it was one of the most influential when it came to laying out an overall plan for governing humanity.
Other think tanks and researchers followed, issuing reports documenting environmental degradation due to industrialization and overpopulation. The culmination of these concerns was a U.N. sponsored conference held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. At the end of the conference a plan was released called Agenda 21 which was signed by 178 governments.
Primarily the brainchild of central planners in developed countries, Agenda 21 found fans on both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C. In 1992 Congress ratified, and President George H. Bush signed, the Framework Convention on Climate Change. The purpose of the nonbinding treaty was to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations alleged to be due to manmade activities.
This was followed by President Clinton signing an Executive Order establishing a Council on Sustainable Development that employed different federal agencies to implement parts of Agenda 21. Clinton also signed the Kyoto Protocol, which was an international environmental treaty designed to prevent "dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." However the Senate refused to ratify the treaty and President George W. Bush later withdrew the U.S. from the treaty.
President Barack Obama brought Agenda 21 back to center stage once again by signing an Executive Order to establish a White House Rural Council to coordinate federal management of rural America, including family farms. Recent examples of their activities include a proposal by the Department of Transportation that would require everyone on a farm to obtain a Commercial Driver's License to operate farming equipment. Also proposed was a ban on children under 18 from working on family farms, although that proposal was withdrawn after a firestorm of protests. And a continued war by the FDA on dairies that sell raw milk.
The use of Executive Orders and the federal bureaucracy to pursue actions related to Agenda 21 has resulted in the enactment of laws not supported by the public and not passed by Congress. For example, one of the most important environmental programs tied to Agenda 21 was cap-and-trade legislation.
The "cap" in cap-and-trade being the legal limit on the quantity of greenhouse gases a region could emit each year and "trade" meaning that companies could swap emission permits among themselves. When cap-and-trade legislation failed to pass in the Senate, the EPA took it upon itself to regulate greenhouse gases, in effect usurping the role of Congress.
According to critics, at the heart of Agenda 21 are a number of goals that are contrary to American values, including: redistribution of wealth; abolishment of private property; population control and reduction; government-sanctioned monopolies through private-public partnerships; implementation of "sustainable development" policies at the local level; elimination of the middle class; collective instead of individual rights; and elimination of unsustainable uses of the environment, such as single-family homes, private cars, air conditioning, paved roads, dams and reservoirs, power lines, ski runs, fences, hunting, logging, industrial activity, livestock grazing and farming.
In effect, a form of neo-feudalism, but with a high-tech, "we are the world" look to it. Call it "1984" meets "Brave New World."
Americans remain largely in the dark about these developments because they are not widely covered in the mainstream media and because the plans have been put into effect gradually over the past 20 years. Indeed what is covered by the national media is little more than tub thumping by the global warming crowd. The most recent example of this being an editorial in Scientific American stating that "Effective World Government Will be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe."
To make its case for Agenda 21, proponents have relied on "research" coming from governments, universities, think tanks and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Critics have accused some of these groups of altering their findings to fit a particular political agenda. One example of this being the claim that industrialization has resulted in climate change or manmade global warming.
Anthropogenic global warming: science or politics?
One of the major tenets of Agenda 21 is the need to control human development because of the damage done to the Earth.
Energy use, and particularly the use of fossil fuels, is blamed for alleged changes in the climate worldwide and makes up what is called the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory.
However, research and events over the last few years have raised doubts about the science behind AGW.
In 2009, for example, 61 megabytes of confidential e-mails between researchers at the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (UEACRU) were hacked and released to the public in a scandal later dubbed "Climategate."
The e-mails revealed that East Anglia researchers had conspired with other researchers to exaggerate the amount of global warming, had silenced dissent by making it difficult for scientists who disagreed to have their work published, had manipulated temperature data to fit their theory, and had destroyed evidence at odds with their theory.
Since it was East Anglia, along with other institutions, that was feeding research findings to the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), air began leaking out of the global warming balloon.
Following the Climategate scandal, additional research has cast even more doubt on the theory of AGW. The director of East Anglia, for example, finally admitted that the earth was actually warmer during the Medieval Warming Period than it is today.
Surveys of polar bear populations revealed their numbers were stable or growing, not declining. Claims of losses in the rainforests that were attributed to global warming were instead the result of logging. A new study established that the Himalayas have suffered no significant loss of ice over the past decade. Last, the most recent evidence is that world temperatures have risen less than two-tenths of 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last 20 years. Indeed some researchers now think it's more likely that we are entering a new mini Ice Age.
Scientists dissenting from the theory of AGW have also become more outspoken about the flaws in the science.
One of these is Dr. Richard Lindzen who is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. He has written and spoken out against the AGW theory.
He said that over the last 150 years there have been temperature changes of only tenths of a degree, which calls into question the claim that industrialization has raised the Earth's mean temperature.
"There's no doubt that what we do will have some effect, but even the doubling of CO2 would have a relatively small effect, only a change of 1 degree," he said. "Models created by AGW scientists increase CO2 levels by a factor of 5 and everyone acknowledges that those are highly improbable."
Lindzen said that scientists who don't agree with the AGW proponents are often silenced. The Climategate e-mails included statements to the effect that any scientific journal editor who published articles critical of AGW would be severely attacked or fired. He said that he has been subject to it himself in cases where he was written articles for publication. Once those articles were published, the editor was immediately fired.
"Moreover, journals like Nature and Science have publicly declared that they will not publish anything that questions global warming," he said. "This is a political movement that co-ops a lot of things. Any time you hear anyone say, 'Believe us because we have authority and you can't check it yourself,' you should be suspicious. And I think the public at large is."
Lindzen is not alone in his skepticism. A petition was submitted to Congress in 2008 that was signed by over 31,000 American scientists, including 9,000 with Ph.D.s. Many of the signers currently work in climatological, meteorological, atmospheric, environmental, geophysical, astronomical and biological fields directly involved in the climate change controversy.
The petition states,"There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate ... Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth."
However, not much has changed as a result of these revelations, because ultimately AGW theory is not about science but about global governance and, to a lesser extent, about making money. It is more about a belief system.
In short, it's bunk.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.
Agenda 21: The bioengineering of the planet
By Dawn Hodson
Staff writer From page A1 | May 21, 2012 | 35 Comments
Editor's note — Agenda 21 is a topic of conversation at Tea Party meetings and coffee shops. This is Part II of a four-part analysis series examining the issues associated with Agenda 21. Part I ran May 18.
"Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton." (Bertrand Russell - The Impact of Science on Society)
Last October, the U.N. announced that the global population had reached 7 billion with nearly all of the increase occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. In developing countries in Asia and Latin America, the fertility rate now resembles that of the United States which is slightly above two children per woman.
One of the stated goals of Agenda 21 is population reduction to prevent a cataclysmic collapse of the ecosystem and changes to the climate that are claimed to be brought on by human activity.
Such alarmism is not new. Almost 250 years ago the Reverend Thomas Malthus warned that population growth would outstrip the earth's resources unless something was done to rid the earth of undesirables.
In the West, reductions in fertility have come as a result of greater educational and employment opportunities for women, the commonplace use of contraceptives and abortion, and changes in cultural norms. The government has facilitated these changes by mandating that women be included in affirmative action programs and by paying for abortions and contraceptives.
The recently passed health care mandate, i.e. Obamacare, furthered the population reduction agenda by requiring most employers with health care programs to provide contraceptive, sterilization and abortion services. President Obama also repealed the "global gag rule," a policy that requires all nongovernmental organizations that receive federal funds to refrain from performing abortions or citing abortion services offered by others.
Obama's appointments are also telling. For example, his Science and Technology Adviser John Holdren admits to being a neo-Malthusian.
In 1977, Holdren wrote a book called "Ecoscience" in which he indicated support for forced abortions, putting sterilizing agents in the nation's drinking water, forcibly removing or aborting illegitimate children, and creating an armed international police force to control people's lives. All this in the name of protecting the planet and warding off global climate change.
Holdren later disavowed those views at his confirmation hearing, but he still takes the position that climate change skeptics are "dangerous" members of a "denier fringe."
The green zealots
The global climate change movement has attracted its share of those who can argue their position rationally as well as zealots who brook no disagreement.
For example, Dr. Kari Norgaard, an Oregon University professor recently compared skepticism of global warming to racism. She went so far as to suggest that "cultural resistance" to AGW "must be recognized and treated an aberrant sociological behavior."
Another zealot is Steve Zwick who is the Managing Editor of the Ecosystem Marketplace. In a recent Forbes Magazine article, he called for "denialists" to bear the price of their disbelief including allowing their homes to burn, taking their land away and making them pay for "breaking the climate."
Others come up with even more extreme ideas. A new paper in the journal "Ethics, Policy and Environment" proposes biomedical modifications to humans as one way to reduce greenhouse gases. The lead author of the paper, S. Matthew Liao, is a professor of philosophy and bioethics at New York University. He claims that bioengineering is one solution to global climate change.
One proposal includes a pill or patch to make people sick if they eat meat since livestock farming is considered to account for as much as 51 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Another idea is for parents to use genetic engineering or hormone therapy in order to birth "smaller, less resource-intensive children." One technique involves called preimplantation genetic diagnosis which would select which embryos would be implanted based on height. Another would be to use hormone treatments to induce height reductions in children.
In an interview in The Atlantic Magazine, Liao said there should be a fixed allocation of greenhouse gas emissions per family. "If that's the case, given certain fixed allocations of greenhouse gas emissions, human engineering could give families the choice between two medium-sized children, or three small-sized children ... A family might want a really good basketball player, and so they could use human engineering to have one really large child."
He even threw out the possibility of giving people cat eyes. "We figured that if everyone had cat eyes, you wouldn't need so much lighting, and so you could reduce global energy usage considerably."
While it would be easy to dismiss such people as being on the lunatic fringe, their ideas are often taken seriously by those who design public policy at both the international, national and local level. Totalitarian control has always had great appeal to those who live in a world where ideas are real and people are just an abstraction.
Taxes and carbon credit indulgences
For hundreds of years it was a common practice for sinners to gain relief by paying an indulgence to the Catholic Church. Today corporations pay an indulgence to the government to receive permission to pollute.
Indeed carbon and "greenhouse gas" trading has become such a big business worldwide that exchanges have been set up all over the globe.
Louis Redshaw, of Barclays Capital, has predicted that "Carbon will be the world's biggest commodity market, and it could become the world's biggest market overall."
The world's largest carbon offset market, the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism, is run by the U.N. and administered by the World Bank. Often accused of corruption and profiteering, the U.N. views the exchange as one way to fund itself as a global governing structure. Third-world countries also see carbon credits as a way to further their development by selling pollution credits to corporations and to first world countries.
However the U.N. is not limiting itself to just pollution credits to fund itself as a global governing structure. In the year 2000, the U.N. General Assembly passed the Millennium Goals which included different proposals to raise taxes for the organization.
These taxes would not only increase the number of mandarins at the U.N. but would also be a mechanism for shifting wealth from the West to less developed countries.
Schemes that were contemplated included an e-mail tax; a tax on fossil fuels like gasoline, coal, oil and natural gas; a tax on currency transactions which would have raised the cost of just about every good shipped or traded internationally; an international air transport tax; an aviation fuel tax; a tax on the international conventional arms trade; fines for ocean dumping; a tax on commercial fishing; a tax on Earth-orbiting satellites; a tax on the use of the electronic spectrum (television, radio, cell phones, etc.); a tax on the profits of international businesses; and even a tax on international advertising.
According to working documents for the upcoming U.N. Conference on "Sustainable Development" in Rio de Janeiro, plans are to "re-shape civilization, the global economy, and even people's thoughts" in order to transition toward a so-called green economy.
Among the new proposals are imposing global carbon taxes, wealth distribution amounting to trillions of dollars per year and a barrage of new programs aimed at "global social engineering."
A big part of this transition involves giving global institutions like the U.N. the power to print currency so it can fund a global governing structure. The other part is educating children about the danger of AGW so they believe that the U.N. is needed to solve the "problem."
Since the "green program" anticipates that large numbers of people will become unemployed, built into the agenda is a global welfare program. So not only will people in America be subsidizing the poor in this country, they will be subsidizing them in Timbuktu as well.
Meet me in Cancun
The fact that AGW has been discredited has not changed the minds of its proponents one iota. Instead U.N. officials and their cohorts continue to meet in luxurious resorts to discuss how awful people are and that something simply must be done about them.
At the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, for example, over 140 private jets were used to fly in VIPs while 1,200 limos were used to squire them around. The top hotels in the area were all booked, at a cost $1,000 a night, for the 11 day conference.
In attendance were 15,000 delegates and officials, 4,000 journalists and 98 world leaders along with the usual bevy of Hollywood celebrities who wolfed down scallops, foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges.
Luckily they were able to save on prostitution services. In a show of solidarity, the city's prostitutes offered free sex to anyone with a delegate's pass.
The conference, including travel, created a total of 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. But nothing is too good for these globe-trotting, fois gras eating hypocrites whose conferences are held at the best resorts including Rio de Janeiro, Cancun, and Durban, South Africa.
Apparently being an AWG believer means never having to go without a tan.
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