Tag Archives: Agenda 21

EPA Wood-Stove Proposal Prompts Rural Backlash

Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 03:49 PM

By Newsmax Wires

A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters.

Wood-burning stoves are a staple in rural homes in many states, a cheap heating source for low-income residents and others wanting to lessen their reliance on gas or electric furnaces. Outdoor models often cost several thousand dollars, but indoor stoves can cost as little as a few hundred dollars and sometimes double as fashionable centerpieces in homes.

Some manufacturers contend the EPA’s proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products.

“There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knoll of any wood burning,” Reg Kelly, the founder of Earth Outdoor Furnaces in Mountain Grove, told Missouri lawmakers during a recent hearing.

More than three dozen Missouri lawmakers have co-sponsored a bill that would symbolically fight back against the EPA by declaring that “All Missourians have a right to heat their homes and businesses using wood-burning furnaces, stoves, fireplaces and heaters.”

Read more here!
Advertisements

Local or Global Agenda?

The Tech Valley Infrastructure Forum brings out some smart-growth ideas, but also raises controversy.

by Michael Bielawski on November 14, 2013 (originally published in Metroland Newspaper)

image

Pic by Mike B.

Albany NY – The Tech Valley Infrastructure Forum came to the Capital Region Oct. 30-31 at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie, co-sponsored by National Grid and the Center for Economic Growth. Hundreds of local leaders participated on drawing boards, presentations and idea sharing about how to develop infrastructure in a way that benefits citizens, the economy and the environment.

“It’s about trying to figure out how we as a region are at the ready for growth. And there’s been a lot of attention paid to making sure that we create opportunities and having the intellectual infrastructure to grow New York state,” said Linda Hill, lead economic developer for National Grid. “But the premise of this is that unless you have the physical infrastructure at the ready, while you may have created those opportunities, you may lose those opportunities because they are going to go forward at the speed they need to go forward.”

One of the event’s hosts, Dr. David Cooperrider, has been working to promote sustainable development for more than 25 years. He’s a professor of organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and faculty director at the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. “I started creating this Appreciative Inquiry summit methodology in about the early 1980s,” he said.

Appreciative Inquiry refers to the conference format which stresses that all people involved in a process are brought in for participation and input. He’s also done work with the Navy and United Nations. “Especially regions that want to prepare for the 21st century infrastructure of our digital world, sustainability and going green, and that’s what’s happening here,” he said.

He added, “We did something like this with the city of Cleveland in [2011]; the topic there was designing a green city on a blue lake. They came out of their summit with 27 initiatives like creating the first freshwater offshore wind energy system. Following the teams that imagined that effort, they continued and they formed a corporation to guide that effort and then they got a five-and-a-half-million-dollar grant to do the engineering study. And now they are about to get a $47 million grant to carry out the first pilot.”

Listening to Cooperrider, it might seem like all of these initiatives are noncontroversial. However, one representative of participating sponsor CEG (Center for Economic Growth), who did not want to be named, was adamant that this conference was not about “smart growth” but rather was an “infrastructure forum.” She added that National Grid (not CEG) contacted Cooperrider. National Grid’s Hill also stressed that this was a locally initiated conference.

Why is the distinction between “infrastructure forum” and “smart growth” so important? The phrase “smart growth” is interchangeable with many of the buzzwords from the conference, such as sustainable development, going green, economic regions, etc.

Read more

Monsanto further unveils its true evil nature by signing on to UN Agenda 21 ‘sustainability’ scam

Sunday, February 24, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) A United Nations (UN) scheme to surreptitiously seize property rights from people worldwide and pack the world’s populations into tiny micro-cities controlled by a centralized government has a new ally, Monsanto, which recently joined the so-called World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in pushing for the widespread implementation of the infamous “Agenda 21.”

According to The New American, Monsanto joins a cohort of major banks, oil companies, and other powerful corporate players in pushing the UN Agenda 21 scam, which plans to eliminate national and social sovereignty, and enslave humanity under the guise of “sustainability.” Personal property ownership, the ability to travel freely, the ability to live without government intrusion in every area of your life – these and many other liberties will all disappear if Agenda 21 is fully implemented as intended.

But these concepts of complete tyranny are “values” that Monsanto fully embraces, as the corporate monolith has already been actively trampling personal property rights for decades. Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GM) terminator seeds and accompanying chemical technologies, for instance, have been contaminating and destroying non-GM and organic crops for years, and the company has actually sued hundreds of farmers whose land was illegally trespassed by the company’s patented “Frankencrops.”

As part of its partnership with the UN, Monsanto will be implementing a new series of “sustainability” courses for its employees, which will be headed by Hugh Grant, the company’s CEO. Grant will also reportedly serve as a councilman on the global sustainable development coalition, the goal of which is to advance what WBCSD outspokenly refers to on its website as a “One World vision,” which will essentially transform all of humanity into the likeness of the UN’s blueprint for the world.

“The One World vision is the ultimate stage of a conceptual evolution that started decades ago,” explains the council, ominously, on its website. “This evolution produced several paradigm shifts that combine how we comprehend our world, and, as a result, how we try to deal with it.”

Beware of global government hiding behind ‘sustainability’

This ethereal rhetoric fails; however, to define precisely what the agenda actually entails. As covered recently by Michael Snyder over at Economic CollapseAgenda 21 exploits environmental problems for the purpose of expanding government control over humanity. Individual liberties and freedoms, he writes, are ultimately sacrificed in order to meld the world into a one world government control grid, where every human activity is monitored, tracked, and controlled.

“In simplified terms, Agenda 21 is a master blueprint, or guidelines, for constructing ‘sustainable’ communities,” explains a RedState.com article published back in 2011. Adding to this, a local resident of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, explained at a council meeting on sustainable development that the purpose of the whole scheme is to “inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world.”

Plainly stated, this philosophy is a perfect match for the Monsanto business model, which already seeks to control all of agriculture, and eliminate the freedom of individuals to grow crops that are not patented. Monsanto also hates freedom of information, as the biotechnology giant spent more than $8 million last year to defeat the Proposition 37 ballot measure in California that would have required the labeling of GMOs at the retail level.

To learn more about Agenda 21 and how it will affect you and your family, visit: http://www.freedomadvocates.org/