Welcome to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.(SPP) According to the Congressional Research Service, in a pdf dated May 27, 2009, the SPP is a trilateral initiative that was launched in March 2005 to increase cooperation and information sharing for the purpose of increasing and enhancing security and prosperity in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is not a signed agreement or treaty and has no legally binding commitments or obligations. This initiative was born in Waco, Texas when an agreement was reached by George W. Bush (U.S.), Paul Martin (Canada) and Vicente Fox (Mexico).
Created through the SPP was the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) which was made up of private sector representatives from North American Corporations. (Public/ Private partnerships)
According to Wikipedia the partnership was no longer continuing.
“In August 2009, the SPP website was updated to say: “The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) is no longer an active initiative. There will not be any updates to this site. Subsequent to this the website link does not connect and the cache website links do not work.”
However, on February 4, 2011 Barak Obama and Stephen Harper announced a new partnership. Is Agenda 21 being implemented through this new partnership?
Well, according to the EPA’s own website I would say it is. In the article from the site “Commission for Environmental Cooperation Announces Funding to Address Environmental Problems in North America” we find the following:
“Eighteen projects were chosen from 500 proposals received last year as part of a new initiative announced at the CEC Council’s meeting held in Montreal. The successful projects span the eco-regions of North America and support environmental action at the community level from the sub-arctic tundra, to the grasslands of the Great Plains, to the tropical forests of Mexico. “
The CEC (North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation) was created in 1994. It’s stated goal is:
“…the CEC has advanced our understanding of trade-environment linkages; successfully promoted citizen engagement and increased government accountability regarding enforcement; achieved substantial results on key North American issues such as chemicals management and the conservation of North American biodiversity; and built substantial environmental capacities, particularly in Mexico, but also in the United States and Canada.”
We have the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) that consists of 15 members, 5 private citizens from each country, that advises the council. Their vision statement reads like an Agenda 21 handbook. And the member bios read like a who’s who of environmentalism.
This is a list of who received these grants from the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action.
One project,Carbon Market Links Between California and Mexico – La Sierra Cojolita Model REDD Project in Chiapas, states the following goals:
1. Develop reliable carbon credits to the world’s most rigorous forest carbon standard, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS);
2. Reduce land use change by 15–30% by intensifying agricultural production and marking clear boundaries for reserve and embedded protected areas;
3. Strengthen local organizations and the engagement of local communities regarding land use practices and carbon credit exchange; and
4. Develop REDD learning networks for indigenous communities and local NGOs
You can go to NASCO’s website and see what is planned for North America under the SPP.
“Since 1994, North America’s Corridor Coalition members have been leaders at the forefront of uniting public and private…and environmental issues.”
The NAIPN, North American Inland Port Network, has determined six primary areas of focus:
1. Green practices in Inland Ports
2. Environmentally sustainable industrial growth
3. Trends in trade flows in North America
4. International trade strategies of Canada, U.S., and Mexico
5. Major transportation infrastructure projects in North America
6. Relevance of FTZ’s in today’s liberalized trade environment
And again the EPA becomes involved with the SmartWay program by funding competitive grants and providing low interest loans. It is all there, public private partnerships and sustainability.
“As an established public-private, market-based partnership, SmartWay has proven to be a good template for freight sustainability programs in other countries.”
“To help these and other countries address their concerns about energy security, economic vitality and climate change, SmartWay works with international stakeholders to help countries design, build and implement their own freight sustainability programs.”
It doesn’t matter if it was Bush or Obama we still have this North American Union (NAU) being implemented through regulations and NGOs thereby bypassing most congressional oversight. Why are our congressional members allowing this to happen? Why are WE letting them? And this is just the tip of the iceberg.