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Not long ago while writing about concerns over the Sioux Falls Leading Green and Sustainability Program, I referred to ICLEI and Agenda 21 (please see ICLEI.org) as the tip of the iceberg. That was right before the flood. Mixed metaphors aside, it appears a new national conversation may be brewing, and it’s about time. A June 22nd article in The American Thinker points a finger at a change in the Corps of Engineer’s mission as being the culprit behind the devastating Missouri River floods. The distinction between poor judgement in flood control on the part of the Corps and a change in the Corps’ mission is all important. The article calls for a Congressional investigation.
From Joe Herring’s American Thinker article, “The Purposeful Flooding of America’s Heartland”: An idea to restore the nation's rivers to a natural (pre-dam) state swept through the environmental movement and their allies. Adherents enlisted the aid of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), asking for an updated "Biological Opinion" from the FWS that would make ecosystem restoration an "authorized purpose" of the dam system. The Clinton administration threw its support behind the change, officially shifting the priorities of the Missouri River dam system from flood control, facilitation of commercial traffic, and recreation to habitat restoration, wetlands preservation, and culturally sensitive and sustainable biodiversity.
Congress created a committee to advise the Corps on how best to balance these competing priorities. The Missouri River Recovery and Implementation Committee has seventy members. Only four represent interests other than environmentalism. The recommendations of the committee, as one might expect, have been somewhat less than evenhanded."
The “Green” or “Sustainability” narrative has enjoyed a long, strong run, despite setbacks in Copenhagen (the United Nations climate conference) in 2009, i.e. the revelations of the fraud that formed the very foundations of global warming theories.
Spring discharges at Gavins Point Dam were for years planned around the nesting requirements of the Piping Plover. That mental picture of the bird on its sand bar has obscured the larger, darker picture of environmentalists working to undermine human society. The truth is beginning to surface, however. Polar bears are large, dangerous animals that can swim for miles; they’re not cute, cuddly and endangered. Their population projections range from stable to growing. All the carbon credit exchanges in the world will affect the earth’s temperature over 100 years by about .3 of 1 degree. These and other examples of bad ideas and lies are practically endless.
The enemies of human kind now call global warming climate change and the Green movement continues to be embraced by otherwise normal-seeming citizens. The radicals among them have reduced irrigation in California to a trickle to save a tiny fish, and turned a lush valley into a dustbowl.
That’s a big part of our food supply—or it was. The new oil discoveries in West Central Texas are in the home area of a small, prolific lizard, the mating habits of which, so say the environmentalists, will be adversely affected by drilling. One might think the Green movement stares at its belly button between lawsuits, but its momentum cannot be denied. The devastation in its path can no longer be ignored.
If the Corps of Engineers’ mission had not been assaulted by the earth worshippers, the Piping Plover would no doubt have lost the coin toss, at least for this one very different, very dangerous season.