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By Tom DeWeese
Readers of The DeWeese Report, my monthly newsletter, know the United States is changing from a nation that values individual liberty, free enterprise, and private property rights to one of top-down government command and control. It is Socialism hiding behind the name of Sustainable Development.
Here are just a few developments from across the nation that demonstrate how the plan is being implemented. "Sustainable Development" is the official policy of the Federal government and is being fully implemented by the Bush Administration and the Republican majority in Congress. Sustainable Development has now been embraced by a majority of local Republican office holders and candidates who call it a "Conservative Principle."
Central California to ban fireplaces
For years environmentalists have been successful in blocking the construction
of new power plants in California, contributing to last year's power shortages
and this year's skyrocketing energy prices. So what's a family to do when
trying to keep warm this winter? Many burn wood in their fireplaces to
supplement the furnace. Using the tired excuse of protecting the environment,
the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District recently released
a plan calling for the banning of traditional, wood-burning fireplaces.
They claim that regulations from the Federal Clean Air Act, as implemented
by the Environmental Protection Agency, are forcing the local board to
take the action to meet draconian clean air standards.
Under a policy in which anything can be banned with a simple sound bite,
the ridiculous becomes the norm, and when government dictates every aspect
of our lives, those who know how to play the game can get rich on other
There was an old joke making the rounds during the heyday of the Soviet
Union. Question: What would happen if the Soviet Union was to take over
the Sahara Desert? Answer: Nothing at first, but in a few years there
would be a severe shortage of sand.
The Committee is chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, a Socialist and one of the originators of the concept of Sustainable Development. The final version of the General Comment left out any mention of private ownership of water (that's because there won't be any). There is also no mention of the fact that most water shortages (and its severe pollution) are caused by bad governments using dictatorial policies that mismanage and destroy natural resources.
The primary purpose of the declaration is to enhance UN control over the world's water supply in what it calls the "Global Commons." Watch for future edicts that require developed countries to severely curtail their water use so, theoretically, there will be more available for "poor" countries. Watch also, as water around the world begins to dry up under those policies. It's called Sustainable Development.
Unless and until the vast matrix of environmental lies that underwrite Sustainable Development are exposed and this government policy is abandoned, no one's home or business is safe. The sovereignty of individual nations to determine the best policies for its citizens will continue to be eroded in favor of a global government operated from the United Nations headquarters.
Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president
of the American Policy Center, headquartered in Warrenton, VA. The Center
maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org.
(c) Tom DeWeese, 2003
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