Detroit, The EPA and the UN’s Agenda 21

Detroit mayor to turn off half the city’s streetlightsDetroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.

As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can’t afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing’s plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Maintenance would be contracted out, saving the city $10 million a year.

Detroit’s dwindling income and property-tax revenue have required residents to endure unreliable buses and strained police services throughout the city.

So a city in trouble, high crime, and all that good (or bad) stuff is going dark!  I can see the reasoning; they can’t pay their bills.  However, as the story states, the mayor is trying to force people into living in smaller areas.  Hmmm… probably not a good idea, mayor.  You’re going to be forcing people to live near each other that probably tried to stay apart in the first place.  I know they should just get along, but in reality, it doesn’t work that way.
Ahead of a mammoth United Nations sustainability conference in Rio de Janeiro next month, the Brazilian government has signaled a new push to get the U.N.’s top environmental body upgraded — a push long opposed by the United States.Brazil wants to breathe new life into an initiative — vigorously promoted since the 1990s by European leaders — to replace the 40 year-old U.N. Environment Program with a full-fledged “specialized agency,” dubbed the U.N. Environment Organization.According to the most recent Office of Management and Budget report to Congress on U.S. contributions to the U.N., American taxpayers accounted for $22.9 million directed to UNEP in 2010 – or 9.8 percent of its total funding. That sum included “voluntary” contributions from the Departments of Commerce, Interior and State, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.
On top of all that
The Environmental Protection Agency held 12 hours of stacked hearings in Washington, D.C. and Chicago on Thursday in favor of a regulation that analysts have concluded would kill the building of new conventional coal plants in the U.S.Among the participants scheduled to testify in consecutive five-minute blocks throughout the day were multiple representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and environmental activists from the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace.The proposed rule … limits the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by power plants to no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour. While the EPA is keeping public comments on the regulation open until June 25, the dice have already been cast by the Obama administration against conventional coal plants, fulfilling a January 2008 campaign promise by the president.
Is there anything the EPA won’t do to get more power or push their agenda a little more; same goes for the UN.  Both these groups tend to be a little on the extreme side.  Hey, EPA, why don’t you go look at Detroit about their lighting problem.  Make sure their being environmentally correct!    EPA is a joke and the UN is too.

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