Tom DeWeese is the president of the American Policy Center.
Imagine an energy tax based upon how much you drive your car. Imagine a “smart meter” on your home that communicates with appliances in order to track and control your home energy usage.
These are aspects of life we may end up having to live with if we allow legislators and local officials to abide by Agenda 21. According to Tom, Agenda 21 is a process that was first introduced at the “Earth Summit” in 1992 and sponsored by the United Nations. The idea is to transform everyone’s way of life through policy control over the way we use water, land and energy. Sustainable development proponents believe in this system because they believe the earth is highly overpopulated.
Tom described Agenda 21 as a “soft law” policy and not a treaty that must be ratified by the U.S. Senate. It’s a suggestion, which means that once a nation agrees to implement Agenda 21 programs, it will do it through its own legislative process.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed the U.S. to Agenda 21. A year later, President Clinton signed an executive order to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to make Agenda 21 American law.
So when you hear phrases like “Wildlands Project”, “smart growth”, “social equity”, “economic prosperity” and “ecological integrity”, don’t be fooled. Find out why when you review this edition of Crosstalk.