Welcome to Idaho: You Are Now in California

Idaho signs on to United Nations diminished standards of living for business and residents through greenhouse emission inventories

 By Dan Titus, ACSC, 6-10-2024

According to the Idaho Capital Sun, on Thursday 6-4-2024, Idaho Department of Water Resources Director, Mathew Weaver, issued a curtailment order that requires 6,400 junior groundwater rights holders who pump off the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer to shut off their water due to water mitigation practices.

The main question farmers ask is: Why was this order instituted during the critical growing season where businesses stand to lose millions of dollars from crop failures?

It appears the Idaho Department of Water Resources has overreached; however, was this by design or simple negligence?

This could to be a symptom of a much bigger problem. Water mitigation is one thing; however, climate change greenhouse gas mitigation is another.

People in States that have signed on to the EPA/ State Climate Action Plan program can no longer say, “it’s only happening in California” because California is the United Nations blueprint for the entire United States.

On September 20, 2023, the Biden administration met at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York with the goal of recommitting to the [United Nations] 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals—SDGs. A White House fact sheet stated, “The United States is committed to the full implementation of 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, at home and abroad.  At their core, the SDGs seek to:

  • Expand economic opportunity – This means public-private partnerships, which is crony capitalism. In this scheme there are winners and losers, where profits are privatized and losses are socialized on the backs of middle-class Americans.
  • Advance social justice – This means placating and advancing people based on their skin color. At its core it is discriminatory.
  • Promote good governance – This skirts our elected form of government and injects unelected special interest initiatives into our lives, where no one gets to vote.
  • Ensure no one is left behind – This means catering to protected classes and minorities in order to create “capacity building” for initiatives and redistributive wealth schemes. Under Diversity and Inclusion (DEI), these classes are awarded “equity” and “inclusion” based on their skin color.

The Biden administration hired people from California and put them into positions in all Federal agencies relating to Climate Change in order to fulfill his Green New Deal Plan. Therefore, the plan mirrors what California has done at the National level.

The EPA/ State Climate Action Plan program are through cooperative grants, (Climate Pollution Reduction Grants, CPRG) which have “take it or leave it” terms and conditions. These agreements bind States and local jurisdictions into creating GHG inventories to reduce GHG emissions, which eventually wind their way into administrative law, constraining property and individual rights. These grants force United Nations style Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) that addresses the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the Biden administration has committed to.

The EPA pitches climate action plans as voluntary. This is not true. Once a State agrees to take grant money, they sign on to mandatory elements in the grant terms and conditions contract — They are now in the United Nations/ California club. They must complete a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory.

The EPA/ State Climate Action Plan program is between the Federal EPA, a “Partner” and unelected State agencies, boards, bodies or commissions.  Therefore, the entire process is being implemented without the consent of citizens and oversight of State legislatures – no one gets to vote. In essence, most States, including so-called conservative states, are selling out for bribes, aka grant money.

According to the EPA, “States submitted Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) under President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The EPA/ State Climate Action Plan  program was hurried into place because there was concern that there could be a Republican change in the November 2024 election, which could jeopardize the program; hence, the name “priority” climate action plan in the first phase of the plan.

45 states are now covered by a PCAP 5 states: Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, South Dakota and Wyoming decided not to participate in the EPA program.”

The program is a two-phase federal grant program that allows the state to develop and implement ongoing community-driven projects that reduce ambient air pollution.

  • Phase I provided $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, of which states were eligible for $3 million each to support the development of a climate action plan.
  • Phase II includes $4.6 billion in competitive implementation grants to execute the projects identified in the climate action plan.

The deadlines for submission of PCAPs are:

  • Priority Climate Action PlanCreates an inventory of the state’s primary GHG generators. Due March 1, 2024 (states and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and due April 1, 2024 (tribes, tribal consortia, and territories)
  • Comprehensive Climate Action PlanA plan to cut that pollution statewide. Due two years after planning grant award, or approximately mid-2025 (states and MSAs) and due at the close of the grant period (tribes, tribal consortia, and territories)

The EPA/ State Climate Action Plan program seeks to create arbitrary GHG emission reductions in order to install unconstitutional hidden fees and taxes on hard working Americans. This is accomplished by doing a greenhouse gas inventory for carbon (CO2) and methane.

Once inventories for GHGs have been established, reduction goals can be set by States and local jurisdictions. Taxes and fees follow: GHG pricing mechanisms like cap and trade programs for energy producers; congestion pricing and vehicle mileage taxes for cars, trucks and farming vehicles; mandatory retrofitting of commercial and existing residential homes to “green” building standards; zero emission vehicle requirements; increased gasoline, natural gas, and heating oil prices.

Key Categories for emission controls, in the Gem State Air Quality Initiative Climate Action Plan, include:

  • Transportation
  • Electricity Generation
  • Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Commercial and Residential Buildings
  • Waste and Materials Management
  • Wastewater
  • Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry

The EPA provided States an outline template to follow in the development of their PCAPs called the, “Priority Climate Action Plan Guidance: An Outline for States and MSAs.” Therefore, the State PCAPs are very similar in their presentation. For example, Idaho’s PCAP lists required elements:

  • GHG Emissions Inventory,
  • Priority Measures and Reduction Estimates,
  • Benefits Analysis,
  • Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities Benefits Analysis,
  • Review of Authority to Implement,
  • Intersection with Other Funding Availability, and
  • Coordination and Engagement.

State legislatures did not pass PCAPs. It all happened through interagency coordination: EPA and State agencies, which are under the control of Governors.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead agency for the development of Idaho’s PCAP. With the assistance of the University of Idaho McClure Center for Public Policy Research (McClure Center), DEC coordinated the obligatory public outreach required by grants, which included feedback from numerous special interest stakeholders who directly benefit from environmental initiatives, while hard working residents are relegated to answering simple questions on outcome-based online surveys — All of this is at the detriment of Idahoans’.

Section 2 of Idaho’s PCAP denotes a GHG inventory by sector. It targets agriculture as the primary offender: “Idaho’s GHG emissions have had a net increase of 9.5 million metric tons (MMT) since 2000. Agriculture is the largest contributor of GHG emissions in Idaho, accounting for 40% of the total emissions, followed by the transportation sector (30%).”

PCAPs have all the bases covered with carbon inventories. In urban Southern California, transportation is the largest contributor of GHG emissions, which is the converse to Idaho. Either way, economies are constrained through this scheme.

Section 3 or Idaho’s PCAP insinuates that minorities are somehow disproportionately burdened by weather events. The statement. “LIDAC may not have the resources to easily adapt or recover from extreme events and may be disproportionately burdened” is a convoluted reference to instituting taxes and fees to be redistributed to low-Income and disadvantaged communities under Environmental Justice.

Environmental Justice basically claims that minorities are attacked by the environment differently than majority populations. For example, every negative thing in air, smog, dust, including viruses disproportionately affects them, according to the United Nations; therefore, they should be paid reparations because they are oppressed. Further, the UN claims that the myth systemic and structural racism is the ultimate cause of oppression because affluent western nations polluted the environment when they improved society by building cities, creating better standards of living – for all.

Section 4 of the PCAP deals with Priority Measures and includes “quantifiable GHG emission reductions or increases in sequestered carbon.” DEQ focused on the sectors that have experienced an increase in GHG emissions since 1990 and have substantial stakeholder support. Key Implementing Agencies and [Stakeholder] Partners: Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), DEQ, University of Idaho, The [nonprofit corporation] Nature Conservancy (TNC).

Is your industry association aware of this?  Were you notified for your input on Idaho’s PCAP?

Section 4.1 of the Idaho PCAP deals with agriculture and promotes the use of climate smart agriculture practices. The plan claims that adopting climate smart agriculture practices can:

  • improve water quality,
  • reduce odors,
  • reduce soil erosion,
  • strengthen plant health and productivity,
  • reduce energy use, and
  • reduce costs.

Sustainable “smart” agriculture practices always increases input costs and the final costs for consumers. It is basically a rationing scheme designed to increase prices. Further increasing costs:

The measure supports the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices throughout Idaho, including:

  • soil health,
  • nitrogen management,
  • manure and feed management for livestock,
  • energy efficiency, and
  • on-farm energy production,
  • other sustainable climate smart practices.
  • Note the inclusion of “other sustainable climate smart practices”.
  • workforce development needed to carry out this measure.”

Note the inclusion of “other sustainable climate smart practices”, which includes workforce development needed to carry out this measure.

Sustainability is collectivism: a worldview where free individuals must give up their rights and private property for the collective good; where everyone is equal—equally poor. It is antithetical to the United States Constitution; therefore, it is unconstitutional. It is voluntary, but that does not stop its implementation by the government.

There’s capitalism; everything else is collectivism

Sustainability can be defined as artificial scarcity under the guise of conservation. Its goal is transformation of society through behavior modification and social engineering. It is using less of everything: less food, less energy, less choice, less water, less mobility and less freedom; ultimately it is about control.  At its core, it’s rationing, all contrived by special interest stakeholder groups typically comprised of: unelected agencies, boards, bodies, commissions, nonprofit corporations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Indian tribes.

This ‘governance’ is designed to replace our representative form of ‘government’ by turning elected public officials into to rubber stamps, installing prepackaged solutions, for problems that don’t exist.

Sustainability is accomplished by restricting resources.  Through conservation easements and land trusts, land grabs take place. By mandating metering of wells, water rights are diminished and removed. By restricting vehicles, mobility is impacted. All of this can negatively impact farmer’s and rancher’s production, which leads to less food and higher prices at the grocery store—for all.

There is no pathway to achieve The Paris Climate Agreement’s goals without massive decrease in the scale of animal agriculture— The United Nations

Many States have already filed their PCAPs with the EPA, which is a requirement to get millions in more grant money to develop their Comprehensive Climate Action Plans.

People need to contact their state’s Governor and condemn them for signing on and creating commissions, task forces, utilizing faux stakeholder consensus for justify existing PCAPS and Comprehensive Climate Action Plans already in the works. They need to notify their state legislatures that this is happening and ask them if they know about this EPA program.

Also, people need to remind elected officials of their Constitutional oaths to protect individual property rights, as evidenced in a Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” season one episode: Patriarch John Dutton is confronted by a group of Communist Chinese tourists who are trespassing on his land. He demands that the leave and when he explains that he owns the land one trespasser states, “It is wrong for one man to own all this.”  Dutton responds, “This is America, we don’t share land here!”

People in States that have signed on to the EPA/ State Climate Action Plan program can no longer say, “it’s only happening in California” because California is the United Nations blueprint for the entire United States.

ACTION ITEM – SAY NO TO UNITED NATIONS INFLUENCED CLIMATE ACTION PLANS

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Dan Titus is affiliated with the American Coalition for Sustainable Communities (ACSC). Their mission is sustaining representative government; not governance, by collectivist-oriented unelected agencies and commissions. He can be reached via email @ FutureEarthUS@gmail.com or through the website: iAgenda21.com