The appointment of three-term Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, if confirmed, would be worse than the bumbling of Whitman. Leavitt would come to the job as a dedicated one-worlder who would destroy the ability of local communities to protect themselves against the endless Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). These organizations dictate en- vironmental policy in the halls of the United Nations and play havoc with development of any kind here in the U.S.A.. It is the NGOs that still struggle to impose the Kyoto Treaty on Climate Control on the U.S.A., despite a unanimous Senate resolution that rejected it.
Gov. Leavitt's supporters point to his effort to extend a highway that would unsnarl a major commuter bottleneck near Salt Lake City. Utah environmentalists (Greens) have fought that effort and, at present, a 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has blocked most of the work citing, of course, inadequate environmental studies. It is publicly conjectured that, as EPA Director, Leavitt might seek to rewrite wetlands regulations, part of the Clean Water Act. All this gives the appearance of a man who would seek to remove or revise many of the environmental laws that block development.
The truth is quite different. Rodney Stubbs, an investigative reporter, has dug into the story behind Gov. Leavitt's embrace of "Enlibra"; a name attached to "the establish- ment of Principles for Environmental Management in the West. In Oregon, these prin- ciples include Smart Growth and Sustainable Development." In reality, Smart Growth means no growth and Sustainable Development means no development. They are the ultimate environmental Big Lies.
Enlibra is based on the United Nations Agenda 21, which would strip American local, state, and even federal governmental bodies of the right to represent their constituents whenever environmental restrictions and controls are imposed. It goes right to the heart of the concept of national sovereignty at every level. It seeks to destroy it and put the NGOs in charge.
Along with Gov. Leavitt, Enlibra was embraced by the former Governor of Oregon, Dr. John Kitzhaber, who pushed through the Oregon Sustainability Act. Thus, in Oregon, environmental governance removes the role of elected representatives and replaces them with designated NGOs to which environmental governing authority is granted-- NGOs such as the Sierra Club, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the World Wildlife Federation, and the Audubon Society. Nobody elected these people! Yet, the Oregon Sustainability Act grants their organizations power to adopt and implement environmental policy in Oregon!
As Stubbs points out, Enlibra is a policy designed "to destroy capitalism, consumption, and the American free enterprise system. The process changes the fundamental purpose of having elected officials represent their constituents and forever forecloses the option to change the rules, if found to be unworkable."
Now, think about Enlibra as a policy applied at the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency!
Think about Gov. Leavitt as the EPA Director, knowing that he endorsed the reauthor- ization and amendment of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, one of the worst pieces of environmental legislation ever imposed on this nation. Think about Gov. Leavitt as a leading advocate of the Conference of States resolution to institute a Constitutional Convention whose purpose was to radically change our Constitution.
Think of former Governor and EPA Director Christie Whitman as Mary Poppins and Governor Leavitt as Darth Vader! His appointment needs to be defeated, and some serious questions need to be asked why President Bush selected this man.
Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). A compilation of his past columns, entitled Warning Signs, is published by Merril Press. In addition to Warning Signs, Caruba is the author of A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam and The United Nations vs. the United States, both of which are available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brookside Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
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