The Environmental Protection Agency is developing plans to seize more control of our communities and environment under the guise of promoting “sustainable development” – buzz words directly from the United Nations Agenda 21 plan.
The EPA is being guided by a study it commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science and was published in August. The study is titled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA” and cost taxpayers $700,000.
The purpose of the study was to show the EPA how to integrate sustainable development as “one of the key drivers within the regulatory responsibilities of the EPA.”
The authors of the study assert that it will 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.”
The study is known as the “Green Book” inside the EPA and it is being used as a guide for EPA bureaucrats in going beyond the statutory authority granted the EPA.
According to George Russell with Fox News:
The study specifically notes that “although addressing economic issues is not a core part of EPA’s mission, it is explicitly part of the definition of sustainability.”
The experience of the European Union is deemed “particularly relevant” to achieving the sustainability goal.
That European strategy involves a virtually all-encompassing regulatory vision. The study notes that its priorities include “climate change and clean energy; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production; conservation and management of natural resources; public health; social inclusion, demography, and migration; and global poverty and sustainable development challenges.”
The authors of the study claim they have found legal authority for the EPA to enforce sustainable development without further congressional approval in the Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which states that the federal government has power to “foster and promote the general welfare” – which can mean giving the EPA total power over every aspect of our lives.