The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club recently published a 12-page brochure on their website called: "Fossil Free By 2033."
The brochure was produced by the Community Environmental Council (CEC) and was mainly funded through a matching grant from MarBorg Industries (a waste-management company based in Santa Barbara, California).
The slick brochure details the CEC's "7-Step Program to Save America's Environment and Economy (One Region at a Time)" — the cover of which shows a motorcycle, a sailboat, a motorscooter, an evil luxury car and what appears to be four windmills.
Why "fossil free?" (You may ask.)
"Because we must," say authors Hunt, Ferris and Wright.
Oh and the sky is falling. (As it usually is).
"National security,... melting glaciers and ice caps,... rising gas prices,... unusual weather conditions.... coastal erosion, urban sprawl, and off-shore oil drilling" are all cited as symptoms of our "fossil fuel addiction" and — in true 12-step style — we are encouraged to "first admit the problem, then move unflinchingly toward the cure."
With the "cure" being to achieve communal "fossil fuel independence by the year 2033 — just a generation from now."
That was page 2.
By page 12 (the last page), the deadline magically morphed:
"The bottom line: The tri-counties region of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties could achieve energy independence by 2020 — 13 years ahead of the Fossil Free by '33 goal — if our communities get behind it."
That's right. You have less than a decade to:
- Use 25% less electricity (this apparently involves purchasing all new appliances and doing expensive building retrofits). Increase fuel efficiency in cars by 20% (via tune-ups, proper tire inflation, etc.) Reduce "transportation fuel" by 10% (via carpools, vanpools, mass transit, etc.)
- Install wind-power facilities.
- Install solar power, solar water heating units.
- Install ocean-power units.
- Buy all new hybrid cars and those that use hydrogen, biofuels, etc.
- Build waste "conversion" facilities.
- Purchase at least 10% of the region's electricity from "renewable sources."
And just how are we going to accomplish all this in a mere seven-and-a-half years? (You may ask.)
Well, according to Hunt, Ferris and Wright, CEC is the best agency for the job and will:
- Push local and state legislation and regulation.
- Push "conservation and energy efficiency in homes and business."
- Recruit "community leaders."
- Propagandize the public about alleged energy-use "problems" and "CEC proposed solutions."
So there you have it.
CEC's 7-Step Program to Save America's Environment and Economy (One Region at a Time).
All in seven-and-a-half years.
"CEC’s mission is to identify, advocate, raise awareness, and develop effective programs to solve the most pressing environmental issues that affect the Santa Barbara region. We currently focus all of our energy on building a community-based movement that transitions the region off of fossil fuels in one generation — Fossil Free by ’33....
"Our homes and offices create as much energy as they use.
"Our cars are efficient and powered by clean energy.
"Our electricity is generated by the sun, wind and waves.
"Our communities center around people, not cars.
"We choose eco smart products that reduce our carbon footprint."
(Regular readers of FreeSLO will immediately recognize UN-Agenda-21 fingerprints all over CEC's mission statement.)
And now a word on "regions."
"Government, too, will be different in a sustainable America. Human activity is being reorganized around ecoregions, which do not respect county or state boundaries. Therefore, the governing apparatus will be designed to regulate the activities within the entire region, rather than having multiple governing jurisdictions with services duplicated in each political subdivision. It is far more efficient to have regional governing authorities with centrally administered services.
"The Sierra Club, one of hundreds of non-government organizations actively working to bring about this transformation, has suggested that North America be divided into 21 ecoregions, that ignore existing national, state, and county boundaries. In 1992, they published a special issue of their magazine which featured a map, and extensive descriptions of how these ecoregions should be managed.
The function of government will also change. The legislative function, especially at the local and state level, will continue to diminish in importance, while the administrative function will grow. Already, in some parts of the country, counties are combining, and city and county governments are consolidating. Regional governing authorities are developing; taking precedence over the participating counties, which will eventually evaporate. State governments will undergo similar attrition; as regulations are developed on an ecoregions basis, there will be less need for separate state legislation. The administrative functions of state governments will also collapse into a super-regional administrative unit, to eliminate unnecessary duplication of investment and services."
— Henry Lamb, Sustainable Development: Transforming America
That was 1992.
The 21 "ecoregions" have since been reduced to 10 and renamed "ecosystems" and/or "resilient habitats."
"We have launched a national program designed to have a major impact in every state, including a concentrated effort in 10 targeted ecoregions to establish models that can be replicated across North America. Through grassroots advocacy, strategic litigation, targeted lobbying, and communications campaigns, the Sierra Club will fight non-climate stressors, promote climate-smart management, forge new political alliances, and protect the ecosystems....
"The approach detailed above underpins the entire Resilient Habitats Campaign and drives each of the four campaign objectives:
Create climate-resilient habitats in 10 target ecosystems by 2020
Increase the resilience of natural systems on all federal lands and waters by 2020
Increase the resilience of priority wildlife habitats in every state by 2020
By 2020, 20 million acres of private lands and waters are managed in perpetuity as resilient habitats"
— Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats Program Overview
Notice the similarity between the CEC's "fossil free" agenda for humans and the Sierra Club's "resilient habitat" agenda for animals.
It almost makes you think there's more going on here than meets the eye.