With the twentieth anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit approaching, big government types will be celebrating by heading back to Brazil. This years event is expected to be the “most significant environmental conference in history”. The draft report for Rio 2012 is entitled “the future we want“, as though everyone on earth has the same idea for the future.
A CFACT press release outlines the vision these bureaucrats have for the rest of us.
The NGOs most popular agenda item appears to be increased funding and powers for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which they want to turn into an international version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “People concerned about the impacts that EPA has had on American energy prices and jobs – for minimal health or environmental benefits – should be especially wary of giving vast new powers and funding to the UNEP, which is completely unelected and unaccountable,” Rucker commented.
[...]To pay for this expansive eco-wish list, the United Nations and NGOs also want to give the UN authority to tax every currency conversion and financial transaction, fuel sales and air travel tickets – and seize all funds that currently provide subsidies and tax deductions for fossil fuel and nuclear power. These funds would be in addition to the extensive foreign aid already provided by taxpayers and treasuries of developed nations.
As with other UN draft reports, this one plans to increase the size and power of the United Nations, a body accountable to no one but itself. Anyone who understand the corrupting influence of power and the arrogance of elitism knows that this cannot possibly be a good thing. We see a similar power grab from the UNFCCC.
As previous agreements remained unsigned at the conclusion of their respective conferences, we can only hope the same is the case for this latest abomination.