For more on “sustainable development,” a.k.a., “smart growth,” a.k.a., “going green,” a.k.a., “high-road capitlaism,” a.k.a., many other euphemisms and all, U.N. Agenda 21, see the appropriate tags below the this entry.
This is the “federal” push, to go along with the U.N. Marxist assault directly into the localities and “regions” of America and the world, through soviet-style planning councils and the enforcement of their extra-constitutional codes.
EXCLUSIVE: EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of ‘Sustainable Development’
By George Russell
Published December 19, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes problems and makes decisions, in a way that would give it vastly expanded power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of “sustainable development,” the centerpiece of a global United Nations conference slated for Rio de Janeiro next June.
The major focus of the EPA thinking is a weighty study the agency commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science. Published in August, the study, entitled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” cost nearly $700,000 and involved a team of a dozen outside experts and about half as many National Academies staff.
Its aim: how to integrate sustainability “as one of the key drivers within the regulatory responsibilities of EPA.” The panel who wrote the study declares part of its job to be “providing guidance to EPA on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States.”
Or, in other words, how to use existing laws to new ends.