More Agenda 21 tids..Opening with a success story, and another farther down! ~ Hat tip, Jodi180, who does an outstanding job compiling these stories!

Principle 25
Peace, development and environmental protection are interdependent and indivisible.

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development



Missouri Legislature Bans UN Agenda 21


With a veto-proof majority, the Missouri legislature approved a popular bill protecting private property and due process rights by banning a deeply controversial United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as UN Agenda 21. The legislation, SB 265, now heads to Democrat Governor Jay Nixon, who has not yet taken a public position on the issue.


The effort to ban Agenda 21 in Missouri, widely celebrated by activists from across the political spectrum, comes in the wake of similar moves to stop the UN plan across America. In Alabama, for example, lawmakers in both houses unanimously approved a law last year prohibiting the international “sustainable development” agenda within the state. Numerous other states are working to do the same, and multiple legislatures have adopted strongly worded resolutions blasting the program.


In Missouri, the legislation was approved 24 to 9 in the GOP-controlled Senate last month. The Republican-dominated state House of Representatives, meanwhile, approved the bill 131 to 42 on May 8, also with a slight veto-proof majority. It remains unclear whether the governor will try to stop the legislation, sign it, or simply do nothing and let it quietly become law, according to news reports.


With lawmakers able to override any potential veto, activists who supported the effort are cautiously optimistic that the state government, as well as city and county authorities, will soon be prohibited by law from implementing the controversial UN agenda in Missouri. Liberty-minded legislators, responding to strong grassroots pressure from constituents, also say the law is needed to protect the rights of citizens.


The two-page legislation is short and simple. "Neither the state of Missouri nor any political subdivision shall adopt or implement policy recommendations that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to Agenda 21, adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development,” the bill reads, defining political subdivisions as cities, counties, public-private partnerships, and other public entities.


If the legislation becomes law, the state government and all of its political subdivisions would also be barred from adopting or implementing any other “international law” or “ancillary plan of action” that contravenes the U.S. or Missouri constitutions. Lawmakers in the “Show-Me” State and around the country say such prohibitions are needed to protect citizens from unelected international bureaucrats seeking to impose their will on Americans — especially considering recent overt moves by the UN to broadly expand its powers on everything from guns and healthcare to the environment and welfare.


Lots of links to similar achievements at the end of the article.  Too bad the attempts in Nebraska for anti-Agenda 21 legislation failed, although I don’t think those fighting for the ban will go away anytime soon.


Obama: 'I Don’t Have Much Patience for People Who Deny Climate Change'


"My only interest is making sure that when I look back 20 years from now, I say I accomplished everything that I could while I had this incredible privilege to advance the interests of the broadest number of Americans and to make sure that this country was stronger and more prosperous than it was when I came into office.  That’s my only interest," the president said.


"And that means that I am willing to work with anybody (except those on his enemy list)-- Republican, Democrat or independent -- to get stuff done.  And I am not going to put the pause button on for the next year and a half or two years or whatever it is, simply to position myself for the next election.  If I’ve got a Republican who’s willing to work with me to rebuild our infrastructure, let’s go.  If I’ve got a Republican out there who’s willing to get serious about what we need to deal with our long-term deficit challenges, I’m prepared, come on, let’s talk."


But Obama then suggested he'd draw the line at "climate change" deniers. "If I’ve got somebody who has a different approach to dealing with climate change -- I don’t have much patience for people who deny climate change, but if you’ve got creative approaches, market-based approaches, tell me about them.  If you think I’m doing it the wrong way, let me know. I’m happy to work with you," said Obama.


What a joke.



Obama's Energy Secretary Says Climate Change Not Debatable


Ernest Moniz, Barack Obama’s new Secretary of Energy, is making it clear there is no room for dissent regarding climate change. Speaking to his department’s employees after he was sworn in, Moniz said, “Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change. I am not interested in debating what is not debatable. There is plenty to debate as we try and move forward on our climate agenda.”


There it is, ladies and gentlemen, another intransigent pronouncement from the Obama Administration.




EPA (Environmental Punishing Agency)

Potential EPA lawsuit could create new cap-and-trade system



EPA publishes huge clean gasoline rule


The new tailpipe standards — called Tier 3 — would require refiners to reduce the sulfur content of gasoline by more than 60 percent and the amount of nitrogen oxides by 80 percent.


The EPA says that Tier 3 will raise gasoline prices by less than a penny per gallon and yield more than $10 billion annually in health cost savings by 2030.


However, the new standards have been heavily criticized because they will raise gas prices. The size of the increase varies depending on the estimate.


An analysis done for the American Petroleum Institute found that Tier 3 would increase gas prices up to 9 cents per gallon. Prices could rise as high as 25 cents per gallon if the EPA tacks on another vapor pressure reduction regulation, according to API.



EPA’s Sue And Settle Policy Changes Regs With No Public Input

The Washington Examiner calls our attention to the EPA’s “sue and settle” policy which ultimately changes and adds all sorts of regulations without any input from the public or Congress. The way it works is, environmental groups sue the EPA. Then they meet behind closed doors to negotiate settlements that include all sorts of new regulations as well as their legal fees, and a judge signs off on it. Of course, there is no outrage by the media.



Lawmakers to investigate EPA FOIA scandal


Republican lawmakers are launching an investigation into claims that the Environmental Protection Agency, while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups, made it harder for conservative groups to obtain government records.


“According to documents obtained by the Committees, EPA readily granted FOIA fee waivers for environmental allies, effectively subsidizing them, while denying fee waivers and making the FOIA process more difficult for states and conservative groups,” wrote Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. David Vitter, Chuck Grassley and Jim Inhofe in a letter to the EPA.


Citing a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Republicans are asking the EPA to hand over all Freedom of Information Act fee waiver requests, responses to requests, and FOIA officer training materials since the beginning of the Obama administration.





Report: CO2 not responsible for global warming


Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — not carbon emissions — are the real culprit behind global warming, claims a  new study out of the University of Waterloo.


“Conventional thinking says that the emission of human-made non-CFC gases such as carbon dioxide has mainly contributed to global warming. But we have observed data going back to the Industrial Revolution that convincingly shows that conventional understanding is wrong,” said Qing-Bin Lu, a science professor at the University of Waterloo and author of the study.


“In fact, the data shows that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays caused both the polar ozone hole and global warming,” Lu said.


Well then.....let’s ban cosmic rays.



Climate “Consensus” Con Game: Desperate Effort Before Release of UN Report


The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is in trouble, and climate alarmists are hoping the much-ballyhooed report by Australian activist John Cook, released last week, will convince the public to be very afraid of global warming.


The last few years have not been kind to the global-warming alarmists. In the 17th century, François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld is credited with famously quipping, “There goes another beautiful theory about to be murdered by a brutal gang of facts.”


Unfortunately, for the climate catastrophists, their pet theory (though hardly beautiful) has been slaughtered many times over by a brutal and relentless onslaught of facts. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, however, the global-warming alarmists keep coming back like the undead in a B-grade horror flick. The fanatical proponents of anthropogenic (human caused) global warming, or AGW, have powerful supporters with deep pockets who keep resuscitating them. They have a massive institutional base among Big Government, Big Media, Big Foundations, Big Business, and Big Green, all of which have huge incentives to perpetuate AGW alarmism. No matter how many times the AGW fearmongers’ predictions are shot down, they are resurrected and sent back to frighten more voters/taxpayers into submission to global policies, taxes, and controls. Utilizing brute power and deception, they intend to reverse de La Rochefoucauld’s prediction and see the facts murdered by their own triumphant theory.



Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming 'not as likely'


Since 1998, there has been an unexplained "standstill" in the heating of the Earth's atmosphere.


Writing in Nature Geoscience, the researchers say this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades.


But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly.


The slowdown in the expected rate of global warming has been studied for several years now. Earlier this year, the UK Met Office lowered their five-year temperature forecast.


But this new paper gives the clearest picture yet of how any slowdown is likely to affect temperatures in both the short-term and long-term.



Global Warming “Consensus”: Cooking the Books


“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree:#climate change is real, man-made and dangerous,” President Barack Obama tweeted last Thursday, May 16.


The president was cheering on the media-drawn bandwagon for the latest round of global warming “consensus” puffery. John Cook, an Australian blogger/global warming activist, has President Obama and all the usual climate alarmists in academia, the media, and the Big Green NGOs twitterpated over his latest “research,” which purports to prove that the scientific world is virtually unanimous in declaring that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) — that is, human-caused global warming — is a dire and imminent existential threat.


Certainly “97% of scientists” is an impressive-sounding claim. But is it accurate? As we shall see, this supposed near unanimity of science evaporates like H2O over a Bunsen burner as soon as it is subjected to scrutiny.


“Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature” by John Cook and his team at the Global Change Institute, was published in Environmental Research Letters. Many of the headlines pointing to this study in newspapers, television news broadcasts, and Internet websites led with the same  97 percent claim, same as President Obama. Some of them were a bit more careful than others to qualify that figure based on what the study said, but it would still take a careful reader to recognize that they weren’t saying the same thing as the occupant of the White House.


The story by Rik Myslewski of the British newspaper The Register is a typical example. The Register’s main headline read: “Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming.” But sub-headline immediately beneath says: “Of those who have an opinion, over 97% say we're to blame.”


Nice spin, warming-worshippers.





Report: Green energy growth not enough to curb climate change


Despite the explosion of government support for renewable energy development worldwide, the pace has been too slow to meet international climate change goals.


The International Energy Agency reports that average carbon emissions per unit of energy hasn’t changed in twenty years — standing at 2.39 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of oil equivalent in 1990, and at 2.37 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of oil equivalent in 2010.


“As world temperatures creep higher due to ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide — two thirds of which come from the energy sector — the overall lack of progress should serve as a wake-up call,” said International Energy Agency executive director Maria van der Hoeven.


“We cannot afford another 20 years of listlessness,” van der Hoeven added. “We need a rapid expansion in low-carbon energy technologies if we are to avoid a potentially catastrophic warming of the planet, but we must also accelerate the shift away from dirtier fossil fuels.”



German Firms Flee to U.S. to Avoid Staggering “Green” Energy Costs





Food Police Hit the Frozen Aisle


The latest target for these “do-gooders” is the food we eat. With a mindset seemingly stuck in the 1970s when TV dinners were freeze-dried slop, the judging class has taken to criticizing families who do not cook nightly meals for their families from scratch. While that may sound like a great idea, it’s impractical and expensive.


To paraphrase General Douglas MacArthur, bad ideas never die, they just fade away…until someone else revives it and it eventually becomes the law. The New York Times recently ran a piece entitled “Pay People to Cook at Home.” In it the author, Kristen Wartman, argues for the government to pay for a parent to stay home so they can cook for their family. Without this subsidy, she argues, “Americans continue to rely on highly processed and refined foods that are harmful to their health.” But harmful how?


There’s no doubt that canned peas lose a little nutritional value compared to the freshly picked variety, but the difference is negligible. It’s hardly “harmful to their health.” In fact, a frozen lasagna can actually be better for you than one made with ingredients bought from a grocery store.


The idea of paying a parent to stay home, shop for groceries and cook may sound obscene, but so did the idea of a city banning trans fats or attempting to regulate beverage size not so long ago. Processed and frozen foods may not be ideal, but when the alternative is an inability to afford to feed yourself or massive government taxes and subsidies so do-gooders can feel better about themselves is the worst of all options.


We live in a time when more food is available in more ways, ways healthier than ever before, but that’s not enough for some. We don’t have an obesity problem in this country because people can’t afford fresh arugula and $120 tuna salad anymore than we have one because people like the convenience of a microwaved dinner. We have one because people live sedentary lifestyles in front of televisions watching people who judge them to be too stupid to be able to take care of themselves.



UN: Let Them Eat Bugs!


As part of its drive for global so-called “sustainability,” the United Nations has a new suggestion for the people of the world: Eat bugs instead of burgers. The controversial recommendations come from a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization touting the supposed benefits of “edible insects” and the role they might play in future “food security” — assuming the bugs are farmed in a “sustainable” way, of course. The latest UN document also outlines propaganda campaigns to persuade Westerners and shows how expanding the international regulatory regime can help bugs-as-food proponents achieve their vision.


According to the controversial 200-page study, dubbed “Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security,” bugs are actually nutritious and environmentally friendly. The UN also claims it is “urgent” for people to start understanding that. “Insects as food and feed emerge as an especially relevant issue in the twenty-first century due to the rising cost of animal protein, food and feed insecurity, environmental pressures, population growth and increasing demand for protein among the middle classes,” the report claims, citing an array of real and imagined problems.


As such, according to the UN study, “alternative solutions” to conventional livestock and feed sources “urgently need to be found.”



Farmer Faces Jail for Feeding Community


Baraboo, Wisconsin, May 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) : Food rights activists from around North America will meet at the Sauk County Courthouse in this tiny town on May 20 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, whose trial begins that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land this husband and father in county jail for up to 30 months with fines of over $10,000.


The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.


DATCP has charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license. Hershberger repeatedly rejects this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations. “There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers,” says Hershberger, “this is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.”


Hershberger, and other farmers around the country, are facing state or federal charges against them for providing fresh foods to wanting individuals. In recent months the FDA has conducted several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to the food they depend on.



Farmer acquitted of producing milk without license


It is a sad fact of modern life that seemingly everything is both heavily regulated by the government and politicized. This applies to, yes, even cow’s milk. Witness the case of Wisconsin farmer Vernon Hershberger, who was prosecuted for selling raw milk to willing consumers — in this case friends and neighbors:


The Wall Street Journal reports:





How to Bring the Right (Yes, All of Them) Together


If there's one foundational lesson for conservatives of various stripes to glean from the recent revelations about the atrocities routinely committed by the IRS, it's that there are reasons the Founders considered property rights among the most sacred of all rights -- and rights that a limited government must protect.  Several groups focused on "values voters" and "moral issues" have learned recently just how difficult it is to accomplish anything for their values when the IRS is using the awesome weight of a massive federal government to confiscate resources, perform harassment audits, and withhold non-profit status.


Succinctly, if the IRS owns your property, the IRS owns you to a great extent, and you are of limited value to anyone or any cause you hold dear.  Property is what we exchange our time and your talent for -- in other words, what we have bartered for part of our life.  Thus, we should consider property rights as "the sanctity of life outside the womb."  It too, is precious, and is indeed a moral issue -- not merely a "fiscal" one, though you rarely here it couched in such terms.





ACLU Fights School District Plan to Teach ‘Controversial Issues’ (Like Agenda 21) – Left Freaks Over ‘Right-Wing Conspiracies Advanced by Glenn Beck’


The American Civil Liberties Union is battling an Ohio school district’s “controversial issues policy” that would mandate classroom discussions about creationism and other conservative issues.


Think Progress, however, describes the proposed curriculum additions more bluntly:


“Right-wing conspiracies advanced by Glenn Beck.”


Springboro Community City School District’s new curriculum requires that “[a]ll sides of the issue should be given to the students in a dispassionate manner” to help them think critically and learn to “identify important issues.” The “controversial issues” include:


religion when not used in a historical or factual context, sex education, legalization of drugs, evolution/creation, pro-life/abortion, contraception/abstinence, conservatism/liberalism, politics, gun rights, global warming and climate change, UN Agenda 21 and sustainable development, and any other topic on which opposing points of view have been promulgated by responsible opinion and/or likely to arouse both support and opposition in the community.


Vid (2:36):





Boxer uses Okla. tornado to push carbon tax


“This is climate change,” Boxer said. “This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather: Not just hot weather, but extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago — it’s been a while — the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather.”


“Carbon could cost us the planet,” Boxer added, plugging her own carbon tax bill, co-sponsored by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.”



Newsweek in 1975: Tornado outbreak blamed on global cooling


An often cited 1975 magazine article by long-time Newsweek science editor Peter Gwynne warned of tornadoes as a consequence of “global cooling,” along with other residual effects, including food shortages.


“There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production — with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth,” Gwynne wrote. “The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only ten years from now.”


Guess Pete was WRONG!



Tornado activity hits 60-year low

The USA in the last 12 months has seen the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and the death tolls from the dangerous storms have dropped dramatically since 2011.

Just two years after a ferocious series of tornado outbreaks killed hundreds of Americans, the USA so far this year is enjoying one of the calmest years on record for twisters. Through Thursday, tornadoes have killed only three Americans in 2013; by the end of May 2011, 543 Americans had died.





Dem resolution warns climate change could push women to ‘transactional sex’


The resolution, from Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and a dozen other Democrats, says the results of climate change include drought and reduced agricultural output. It says these changes can be particularly harmful for women.


"[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health," it says.

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