BOOK REVIEW: Eco Tyranny by Brian Sussman

eco-tyranny_lgby Logan McFadden

ECO-TYRANNY written by Brian Sussman presents the author’s view that the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America. The book concludes that the Federal Government is pursuing a “land acquisition” policy through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) enforcement of the Clean Air Act. Mr. Sussman traces the abolition of private property back to 1849 when Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles presented The Communist Manifesto. In 1905, Marx’s disciple, Sir Edwin Ray Lankester wrote Nature and Man which characterized humans as the “insurgent son” of Nature. In 1918, Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin wrote On Land. The missive declares all forests, waters, and minerals to be the property of the state. In 1937, Lankester’s star pupil, Arthur Tansley, coined the term “ecosystem” and expressed deep concern about “the destructive human activities of the modern world.”

ECO-TYRANNY then transitions to the United States and the environmental icon, Bob Marshall. In 1933, Marshall published The People’s Forests, in which he advocates the public acquisition and administration of all U.S. forests in order to save the land from drilling, damming, logging, trails, and roads. In 1935, Marshall founded Wilderness Society. The organization’s first goal was to see the federalization of millions of acres in Alaska. Their goal was realized in 1960 when President Eisenhower’s Administration set aside 8.9 million acres to form the core of what is today the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), placing some of America’s most prolific oil fields off limits. In 1962, a former U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife employee, Rachel Carson, released the bestseller, Silent Spring. In the book she uses ecological issues to punish capitalism and technological progress.

In 1970, President Nixon signed an amendment to the Clean Air Act, which allows the Federal Government to limit ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, lead, and respirable particulate matter emissions associated with industry, cars, and trucks. Notably missing was carbon dioxide. In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled carbon dioxide a pollutant subject to regulation by the federal government via the Clean Air Act. In 2009, President Obama’s EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, announced the agency is “authorized and obligated to reduce greenhouse gas pollutants under the Clean Air Act. In 2009, Obama signed the National Landscape Conservation Act. This legislation, part of an omnibus-spending bill, established a 27-million acre collage of “treasured landscapes”.

The author points to April 16, 2010, when an Executive Memorandum was quietly issued by the White House. The memorandum was titled “America’s Great Outdoors Initiative”. The goal of the order is to create “corridors and connectivity” of natural treasured areas, across the United States. ‘

In addition to federal land acquisition, the United Nations’ 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil adopted Agenda 21. Preventing land from private development is the kingpin of Agenda 21. As the Agenda states, government shall “formulate appropriate land-use policies and introduce planning regulations specifically aimed at the protection of eco-sensitive zones against physical disruption by construction and construction –related activities. The U.N.’s World Conference on Human Settlements reveals the U.N.’s Marxist intentions: Private land ownership is a principal instrument of accumulating wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable.”

Sustainable development is what drives the environmental movement. It was introduced in 1983 by way of a U.N. resolution. The World Commission on Environmental and Development developed a lengthy manifesto, Our Common Future. The document details how establishing sustainable development will be the key to instituting global socialism. The author states “eco-socialists are carefully, persistently, and simultaneously working on a variety of fronts – not to save the environment, but to control you.”

Dave Foreman is a rock star in radical environmental circles. “Foreman has served as a Sierra Club executive board member, worked as a director of wilderness affairs for the Wilderness Society, and is the founder of the eco-terror group Earth First! Foreman is forthright regarding using the environment as a tool to demonize free markets, and, in his book Confessions of an Eco Warrior, praises eco-activists who are storming the barricades of capitalism. Once, when asked to reveal his personal goals, Foreman didn’t hesitate stating, ‘My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with its full complement of species, returning throughout the world.’”

According to the “Wildland Project’s current front group, the Wildlands Network (WN), the goal is to establish four transcontinental wildlife corridors to include our greatest North American treasures: our national parks, our scenic rivers, our most majestic mountains, our crystal clear lakes, our continental trails and our vibrant grasslands and forests.”

Brian Sussman

Brian Sussman

Humans will be herded into megaregions. “The leading visionary organization formulating such plans is the National Committee for America 2050, a coalition of regional planning bureaucrats, academic theorists, policymakers, environment groups and elected leaders. Major funding for America 2050 comes from the left-tilting Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and the Doris Duke Foundation.” The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is progressing with a secret land grab. The author “became aware of a secret draft document procured by Obama’s Department of the Interior (DOI) detailing a twenty-five year plan to provide corridors and connectivity to enormous swaths of land. The document specifically denotes 140 million acres of land, administered by the BLM that the government considers ‘treasured’. A closer read reveals these 140 million acres are not just in the West, but scattered across the country and composed of various-sized parcels, often surrounded by private property. This discussion paper addresses plans to purchase whenever possible, or take over whenever necessary, all of the land in between the government-owned parcels”. For example, “… activists in Marin County in California are working hard with their cohorts across the nation to carry out the mission articulated by White House Science and Technology czar, John Holdren, who said, ‘A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States.”

Fast forward to the year 2050. The author tells a story of a city dweller who has returned after a long absence. He encounters a government worker who explains that the population of the United States has swollen to over 400 million; “the country is still called ‘the United States’ but is no longer the constitutional republic consisting of fifty states”. “Instead of states, citizens now refer to their personal location of habitation by ‘megaregion,’ ten of such across the country that are subsectored into thousands of ‘urban hubs.’”

For most home sweet home is a tightly packed, multistory building topped with a giant solar array. “Long ago people foolishly described their homes by square footage – the bigger the better. Now people boast about how small their dwelling is, which means they are fashionably reducing the size of their carbon footprint. Utility rates are incredibly expensive, and electricity and water are continually in short supply. The vast majority of homes in the suburbs were razed long ago. The big real estate killer in the suburbs was the smart meter. Once the government began closely monitoring carbon footprints and regulating electricity usage, most people couldn’t afford the high energy and water bills, couldn’t afford the government-mandated green upgrades, or were just fed up with the constant hassle of having their power turned off by the utility company when it determined they were consuming too much energy. The smart meter was a necessary government mandate that helped heal the planet.

Humans require an abundance of resources, and those are taken at Gaia’s (Earth’s) expense. This explains the multiple buses and trains and the lack of cars. Air travel still remains an option, but with carbon taxes and offsets, it’s a very expensive mode of transportation primarily reserved for government workers, those on business, or the rich”. The new buzz words are “social equity”.

To the Left, social equity is “the expected outcome of sustainable development. Social equity demands the guaranteed use of public funds to support the poor, needy, disadvantaged, disenfranchised, minorities and lesser-skilled laborers. It also seeks a one-class society (with special privileges for the rule-makers, of course). Social equity is socialism”.

The most recent attempt to put 2 million acres off limits can be found in the Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 197 Notice which designates land in Southern Nevada as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 90 days from October 10th, 2014 this proposal will become federal law without consent from the Nevada State legislatures or the people of Southern Nevada. Only Congress can stop this nationalization of state land. Refer to CitizensJournal article HERE.

In my opinion, climate change is and will be the defining struggle of wealthy nations seeking to maintain comfortable life styles and strong economic growth pitted against under-developed nations and emerging countries seeking to achieve these goals without using fossil fuels. The question is who will pay for this development using renewable sources of energy. To create social equity will require the re-distribution of wealth. The impact of climate change is still being debated. Some deny that global warming is caused by human activity and fossil fuel consumption. Scientists can be found on either side, including those who believe that the earth has already passed the point of no return. There is also the theory that another ice age, a “dark winter”, will overtake the earth leading to the same food shortages and food riots predicted by the global warming camp. Eco-Tyranny advocates the status quo and a cessation of the more “undesirable” environmental and private property solutions offered by the United Nations and Agenda 21. The reader is left with the conclusion that “WE” have time to develop renewable energy sources. A more aggressive approach can be found in the newest book written by Naomi Klein titled This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs the Climate. If collectively nations do not correctly weigh climate change scientifically as natural and historical versus man made, then the final decision will continue to be a political football. The consequences are too important to debate much longer.


Logan McFadden is a city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo.

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