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Sustainable Development

April 28, 2011

"Sustainable Development" (SD) is basically a slogan without a specific meaning.  Linked to Earth Day, it masquerades as a call for clean air, green energy, and suggests a pristine bucolic existence for us and our progeny -- forever.  But in reality, it has become immensely useful to many groups who use the slogan to advance their own special agenda, whatever they may be, says S. Fred Singer, a research fellow at the Independent Institute.

SD lives on because it is useful in selling various policies.  Some examples are:

  • Restrictions on the use of fossil fuels, under the guise of "saving the climate.
  • Transfers of resources to less developed nations -- now justified for climate reasons (but of course, quite contrary to resource conservation).
  • Striving for world government and UN sovereignty -- all for "sustainability.
  • Promoting a green energy future, using a solar and wind.
  • Advocating negative population growth, etc.

Among the worst policies being pushed with the help of SD is a scheme called Contraction and Convergence (C&C).  The idea is that every human is entitled to emit the same amount of carbon dioxide.  This of course translates into every being on earth using the same amount of energy -- and, by inference, having the same income.  In other words, C&C is basically a policy for global income redistribution, says Singer.

Source: S. Fred Singer, "The Sustainable Development Hoax," Independent Institute, April 22, 2011.

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