The New American's Senior Editor Bill Jasper reports on admissions by ICLEI leaders at the UN's Rio+20 Conference that they are now substituting "sustainable development" for "climate change" as their main panic motivator.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid the thousands of people assembled at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development calling for global government and anti-market “solutions” to alleged planetary “sustainability” and “biodiversity” problems, a vocal coalition of environmental realists who refuse to buy the UN-backed agenda are calling for some sanity — market solutions, real science, and national sovereignty. Some have even proposed abolishing the controversial global institution altogether.
The following article (reprinted here with permission) originally appeared as a chapter in the 1992 book Global Tyranny ... Step by Step by William F. Jasper, who had attended the original Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro earlier that year. We have republished the chapter on the occasion of the Rio+20 Summit not only because Mr. Jasper's analysis has held up well against the test of time, but also because the developing UN-dominated global green regime he warns against is more advanced and threatening than it was 20 years ago. — Editor
On the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, one of the environmental movement’s most prominent gurus has gone heretical, claiming that “so-called sustainable development ... is meaningless drivel.”
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