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Good-bye and Good-Riddance: Sustainable Development

February 23, 2011

Carroll County, Maryland looks to be the first local government to finally say good-bye to “sustainable development.”

In a recent move, Carroll County commissioners canned the county’s Office of Sustainability. It then”voted unanimously to drop out of the UN’s International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.” This is refreshing.

Since 1991, I’ve watched as the UN and international environmental community has steadily built-up the Sustainable Development program: Most recognizable through the UN’s Agenda 21 documentation, and in the miss-labeled “grassroots” Earth Charter process. Suffice to say; the Agenda 21 program is a global wealth redistribution game under an international management system. While I’ve only written a little on the topic of Sustainable Development, I have studied the subject in-depth – including my country and province’s role in the process. So my ears perked up when I heard that Carroll County dropped the SD agenda.

Here’s what one of the Commissioners wrote in January regarding Sustainable Development.

People say, “Isn’t sustainability about windmills and solar panels?” Well, no.

Sustainability invokes government power to enforce activists’ views of environmentalism. They want to replace farmers’, ranchers’ and other landowners’ concept of stewardship with government-centric control. It merges environmentalism and socialism to expand government into every aspect of our lives, including land use, food production, housing, transportation, manufacturing, energy rationing and even health care.

It adopts a de-facto UN bias that capitalism is bad and government is good, while ignoring the inconvenient truth that countries with government-centric economies are usually the most environmentally irresponsible.

The UN views the world as a zero-sum game. If people are hungry in Haiti or Somalia, it’s because you drive a Ford F-150, eat beef and live too long. During the 1992 UN conference on environment and development, UN undersecretary Maurice Strong proclaimed, “…current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home- and work-place air-conditioning and suburban housing – are not sustainable”…

…Sustainability employs smart growth zoning templates that preserve land by cramming Americans into dense developments funded with government subsidies to create social equity where others are stakeholders in your property. It’s called communitarianism.

And what happens with preserved land? Millions of acres of wildlife corridors and wildlands would eliminate or severely restrict human use, especially in national forests and open range administered by the Bureau of Land Management. This will prevent lumber harvesting and beef production…

The UN Millennium Papers caution activists not to mention the UN Agenda because of potential American backlash, and instruct, “So, we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management, or smart growth.”

He’s right. And that’s why Carroll County said good-bye and good-riddance to Sustainable Development.

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