Skip to comments.EPA Shifting Its Emphasis to ‘Sustainability’
Posted on 12/02/2010 8:11:46 AM PST by Nachum
(CNSNews.com) - The Environmental Protection Agency, marking its 40th anniversary this week, announced that "sustainability concepts" will govern its programs from now on.
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said her agency has commissioned a "groundbreaking" National Research Council study that will help the agency "incorporate sustainability into the way the agency approaches environmental protection."
The announcement signifies an important step toward building a society that can meet its needs while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their needs, the EPA said in a Nov. 30 news release.
Historically, environmental programs have focused on reducing air pollution and water pollution and identifying and monitoring chemical and environmental risks to human health and the environment. But, the EPA explained, todays challenges involve the sustainable use of energy, water, materials and land and require solutions that stress the linkages between energy use, water use, environmental protection, human health, quality of life, and the global economy.
What does that mean? The EPA gives an example of a sustainability solution the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private international partnership thats intended to improve the health of African women and at the same time protect the Third World environment.
In nations where women still cook over smoky fires, giving them inexpensive, clean-burning stoves will not only improve their health, the thinking goes it also will reduce pressure on natural resources (wood for fires), protect women who will no longer have to forage for fuel, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One solution solves a variety of health and environmental problems, in other words.
In 1983, the National Research Council conducted a study that helped the EPA incorporate "risk assessment" and "risk management" in its work. Twenty-seven years later, the EPA is asking the NRC do another study, to help the EPA shift its focus to "a sustainability framework."
Two weeks ago in what could be construed as a sustainability move ahead of the sustainability study the EPA announced the nations first WaterSense homes.
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the nations water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water.
The program will help homebuyers cut their water and energy use while at the same time saving money on utility bills.
The EPA said four WaterSense-labeled new homes built by KB Home in Roseville, California, will help families save an average of 10,000 gallons of water and at least $100 on utility costs each year.
The construction of the first WaterSense labeled homes, and the plans to build more, mark the beginning of an innovative approach that gives homeowners the chance to cut their water and energy bills and protect a vital environmental resource, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said.
WaterSense homes use about 20 percent less water than a typical new home, the EPA says. They include efficient plumbing fixtures and hot-water delivery systems, water-efficient landscape design, and other water and energy-efficient features.
As CNSNews.com has previously reported, the EPA administrator already has made environmental justice a priority for her agency.
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How did the earth get along all these billions of years without the EPA?
The House needs to defund and defang the EPA.
Looks like Agenda 21.
Is this why we have an EPA?
Education, EPA, Energy, NPR -- these are the first four parts of government that I would defund 100%.
Water does not get "used". It's borrowed and returned.
“sustainable use of energy, water, materials and land”
The ‘land’ part scares me to death.
Like the UN, the EPA has drifted so far from its original mission, it has become a monster.
Also like the UN, it has become the home of ideological bureaucrats with a constant stream of money, searching for a mission.
No good can come from this.
What is “sustainable” anyway? I have yet to see agency or anyone actually define it.
“We have an Environmental Justice court order here to bulldoze your property sir”- Six figure government clerk, 2021.
They won't. Congress likes these agencies because it allows them to play the almighty and powerful overseer.
This stuff is scary.
It's about Control. Ownership of land gives you too much of it.
It IS Agenda 21. Go to freedom21.org for the counter movement.
“Sustainable development” is nothing less than the state totally controlling everything about your life and property.
Requiring a definition usually ends any discussion with a leftist,
and it is the reason that they choose forums in which no questions can be asked.
don’t forget the FDA...
"Sustainability" means "whatever leftists think they want at the moment".
This is not to be confused with what leftists said they wanted yesterday or what they'll say they want tomorrow.
They want what they want, they want it now, and if they don't get it the world will end.
This is how things are to be forever.
Can I hear a “Soylent Green?”
leftists DO derive their power from ambiguity and unequal application of law.
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of PHONY government research, studies and polls.
Thanks for the link!
It’s time to ban the word ‘sustainability’ and the EPA! That word has gotten on my last nerve! You hear it everywhere now...in business, in healthcare, in farming,etc.
I looked at the “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves” web site. I could not find what they are using to replace the wood and dung used in third world kitchens. Does anyone know? My first guess would be some sort of petroleum product, but cannot tell from the continual lack of details on the Left (your point). If they actually told people what their intent was, there would be an instant response. Can’t have that, you know. Got to keep the proles in the dark.
I was perfectly serious.
Blatantly unconstitutional power grab. Agency missions are determined by Congress at their creation. They may NOT be altered by unelected administrators, or even presidents.
I have a question for them. How do they expect people so poor that they have to cook their food on wood fires to be able to afford to buy expensive imported fuel to run their new "clean" stoves? They will use them for the photo ops. then discard them and go back to "traditional methods" when the fuel runs out.
Question really is, how much will this "green" "feel good" photo opp cost Americans???
The silence is deafening!
They issued themselves a waiver.
The article starts off about EPA’s Lisa Lefty touting change to sustainability, and immediately falls off a cliff with some crap about smokey African stoves as though the EPA was a division of the UN. THAT tells me something.
more at Henty Lamb’s Archive on wnd:
Very true. I had the opportunity to attend a "sustainability" conference a couple years back and the best definition they could come up with was "making the infinite from the finite". That's right up there with skittle-defecating unicorns. I suggested some kind of thermodynamic definition to see if we really were "saving" anything and you'd have thought I had defecated sans skittles.
This has been a peeve of mine since that day and I've yet to find a decent definition from any sustainability advocate that's any more accurate than what you've just said.
Stuff ‘em through a hole in the ice...
Sustainability is a code word for “redistribution”.
It is also one of the main words in the U.N.’s Agenda 21.
Defining the terms takes away a leftist’s power to contemporaneously manipulate the meanings to fit everyone’s desire to be on the side of the angels.
On the coast of Maine we have the Gateway 1 project. Agenda 21 all the way. Basically concentrate people and businesses into the two dozen towns in the midcoast area, keep Rt 1 in between a 2-lane scenic cartpath, have people living with businesses and make it so people will be “nudged” to use rail and bicycles. Scary. Of course this is all being couched as “protecting the true Maine.”
Placemark for reading later.