RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM & THE "LAME DUCK" CONGRESS:
By Peyton Knight
LEGISLATIVE NIGHTMARES TARGETED FOR PASSAGE
Adding to this dangerous mix is a “lame duck” Congress full of soon-to-be-former Representatives and Senators, eager to strike one last legislative blow before they pack their bags and leave. In short, this is the time of year when grassroots activists and champions of liberty must be most vigilant. Their activism is often times all that stands between tragedy and triumph.
Beware the lame duck Congress and beware the following legiislative nightmares that are targeted for passage in the dark of night.
These seven disastrous bills have passed the U.S. House of Representatives and are currently awaiting action in the U.S. Senate. It is vital that property rights and limited government activists contact both of their Senators and tell them to vote NO on any and all National Heritage Area legislation. Each of the following Heritage Areas would be created in the state of the sponsoring Representative.
It has already passed the Senate, and could come up for a vote in the House at any time.
This is part of the giant plan promoted by the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, and the Wildlands Project -- the plan for a nationwide series of corridors linking all the parks and forests in the United States. This has the potential for a massive takeover of National Forest and other federal lands by the Park Service.
You can see a map by going to http://www.landrights.org. This map was produced by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. They have deliberately tried to hide the full impact of S. 347 by how they have shaded the areas in the map. They call it a corridor but it actually surrounds huge swaths of land.
Property rights activists must not dismiss this just because it is in California. The “study” area will encompass 491,518 acres. That is nearly three and a half times the size of the existing Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (which is 153,750 acres) and over two thirds the size of Yosemite. All of that in an urban area, and over 206,000 of those acres are private property.
S. 347 will put a circle of National Park Service control around tens of thousands of landowners. Anyone familiar with how the National Park Service works knows that is the beginning of ratcheting down the regulatory controls and land acquisition. They want it all eventually.
The corridor areas will be like a series of giant nooses put around the necks of the many communities in the encircled areas. Economic and social activities will be greatly inhibited. Access people now take for granted will be lost forever. Frankly, the National Park Service has a record of being a very bad neighbor.
The Rim of the Valley land grab would cost over $2 billion, making it the most expensive park in American history.
Imagine the Endangered Species Act on steroids. Now multiply its devastating effect on property rights by ten. That should give you a pretty good idea of what “Invasive Species” legislation will mean for property owners in every state, county, and city in this nation. “Invasive Species” is the radical Greens’ and international Socialists’ key to controlling every square inch of land in the United States of America.
This nightmare all began when President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 13112 in 1999, creating an “Invasive Species Council” to monitor and control “alien species.” What are alien species? According to Clinton’s Order, “alien species means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, any species, including seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagating that species, that is not native to that ecosystem.”
Most agricultural crops and animal species clearly fall within the definition of “alien.” Domesticated pets, many houseplants, and Kentucky bluegrass (used in most lawns and golf courses) would also be defined as alien species. Indeed, this is all the Greens and their allies in the U.S. federal government need to control most land in the U.S.A.
Think the Invasive Species monster can’t get any worse? It already has. In 2001, the Invasive Species Council issued a management plan that states: “Council member agencies will work with Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP) and other relevant bodies to expand opportunities to share information, technologies, and technical capacity on the control and management of invasive species with other countries, promoting environmentally sound control and management practices.”
And just what is the Global Invasive Species Programme? A quick trip to the GISP website reveals it is:
It’s very easy to see how Invasive Species legislation will open the door to almost total federal and international control over private property in the United States. And that’s why Greens in the U.S. Senate are trying to sneak it in the Federal Transportation Bill — without proper debate during a lame duck session.
Both the Senate and the House have already passed their respective versions of the Federal Transportation Bill, and are currently conferencing to put forth a single bill. Fortunately, the House version of the Federal Transportation Bill does not include any Invasive Species language. But the Senate version does.
S. 1072 contains provisions that allow for government to control your land using Invasive Species policy. Specifically, it would give the U.S. Department of the Interior the power to decide which plants, animals, fish, birds, and insects are “invasive.” Once it’s discovered your property is home to an invasive species, the feds will have all the justification they need to oversee, manage, and regulate your property.
Peyton Knight is the Executive Director of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, Virginia. The Center maintains an Internet website at www.americanpolicy.org.
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