Sustainable Development: Latest Tool For Expanding EPA’s Empire

Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) analyst Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., describes one of the latest efforts of the EPA to grab for more power over our lives and economy.

The tool to be used for power grabbing is “sustainable development.” According to Cohen: “At the request of EPA, the National Research Council (NRC) issued a report last August laying out an “operational framework for integrating sustainability as one of the key drivers within the regulatory responsibilities of EPA.”  Referencing a little-noticed Obama Executive Order (13514) from 2009, the NRC report adopts the President’s definition of sustainability contained in the order.  Under that definition, sustainability means “to create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.”

Cohen continues:

…it will be bureaucrats in Washington — working hand-in-glove with environmental groups, suppliers of renewable energy, and other political allies — who will determine what is sustainable down on the farm.  This massive expansion of the powers of the administrative regulatory state is taking place without the consent of Congress, state and local officials, much less the residents of rural America.

Read Cohen’s complete commentary at CFACT.

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