By Warren Duffy

Environmentalists heading to Brazil for a United Nations Rio+20 Summit on global environmentalism may be served well by paying attention to the recent action by the state of Alabama.

By a unanimous vote of both houses of the Alabama Legislature, Senate Bill 477 was passed, essentially confirming that the state no longer will cooperate with the “Agenda for the 21st Century,” known as UN Agenda 21.

UN representatives are meeting in Brazil now for an organization meeting of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives/Agenda 21 World Congress at Belo Horizonte. The meetings run through later this week.

Then a “sustainability environmental” Rio+20 Summit will be held June 20-22.

Why Rio+20? It is the 20th anniversary of the first UN Rio Earth Summit of 1992, where the first seeds were planted for the assessment of – and regulation of – individual actions based on a global impact.

Since then, under a cloak of contracts compiled with palliative words such as “sustainable,” “smart growth,” “social justice” and others, more and more local and state governments in America have begun working with the UN’s Agenda 21.”‘

But the ideas contained therein, that U.S. energy production is bad because of its pollution, that wealthy nations must give technology and money to other nations and the like, did not please Alabama legislators.

The uncomplicated, three-page legislation titled “The Due Process for Property Rights Act” was proposed by Alabama Senate Majority Whip Gerald Dial, and affirms, “The State of Alabama and all political subdivisions may not 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.”

As a followup to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the UN’s Agenda 21 document was enthusiastically passed at the 1997 Kyoto, Japan, conference under The Kyoto Protocols.

However, it was never ratified by the United States Senate or signed into law by then-President George H.W. Bush. Analysts claimed the plan put the American economy at a distinct international disadvantage, forcing the United States to adopt strict environmental compliance standards through 2020 while giving a free pass to the world’s “emerging nations” like China and India, two of the planet’s worst environmental offenders.

But in 1993 after Congress essentially rejected the strategy imposed by the UN, President Bill Clinton signed an executive order establishing the Council on Sustainable Development overseen by Vice President Al Gore.

Now, during the reign of the Obama administration, Congress has been bypassed in implementing much of the Agenda 21 “to do” list.

Instead of votes, administrative regulations have been delegated to the Environmental Protection Agency headed by Lisa Jackson, a strong proponent of “sustainability” and so-called “smart growth.” With President Obama not attending the Rio+20 Summit, Jackson will be the highest-ranking American official there. Both the prime minister of England and the chancellor of Germany have also excused themselves from the conference.

The talks are expected to be as contentious as the ill-fated Durban, South Africa, conference in 2010. Expectations are low that anything of substance will be achieved during the days of intense environmental diplomacy. Background talks being held the past two years in preparation for both the agenda and the closing statement at the conference have led to wrangling over wording. The result is expected to be an absence of solid statements regarding international agreements.

But Alabama is taking no chances. The chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, T.J. Maloney, said, “This bill that would bar the state from taking over private property without due process is intended to shelter Alabamians from United Nations Agenda 21, a sustainable development initiative that some conservatives see as a precursor for the creation of a world government.”

Earlier this year, the National Republican Committee announced that any candidate running for office as a Republican could not support UN Agenda 21 or they might lose their party’s endorsement.

Kansas, Texas and Tennessee are also states mulling over how to push back against the United Nation’s global environmental movement and 40-chapter Agenda 21 agreement. In California, a soon-to-be-launched Cap and Trade scheme (directly from Agenda 21 strategies) to control the state’s greenhouse gas emissions is being actively opposed by a citizens-business coalition.

“Friends for Saving California Jobs” will hold a protest demonstration on the steps of the capitol building in Sacramento August 15, the same day the California Air Resources Board holds a test run of its first “carbon credit auction” which is scheduled to go live on Nov. 14.

Dial’s legislation also prevents his state from participating in the UN-sanctioned ICLEI, where quasi-governmental regional boards adopt parts of the Agenda 21 program in return for funding from either state or federal programs that conform to the United Nation’s environmental sustainability program.

Many regional planning groups have identified themselves as “ICLEI” organizations without knowing they are agreeing to a UN program that could end property rights as Americans have known them since the founding of the nation 236 years ago.

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