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…the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and similar state laws – legalize environmental harms by regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law. Rather than preventing pollution and environmental destruction, our environmental laws instead codify it. In addition, under commonly understood terms of preemption, once these activities are legalized by federal or state governments, local governments are prohibited from banning them.
There is an immense governmental system that props up unsustainable food production at the expense of our communities. Agribusiness corporations use their “rights” under the law to prevent us from rejecting the damage offered up by conventional, large scale farming operations and mandating the type of agriculture that feeds our communities.
Current energy policy in the United States is unsustainable because it is dependent upon the use of non-renewable fuels and because it is determined and controlled by a relative handful of energy corporations.
What is it that keeps us from getting what we want in our communities? Why can’t we say, “No!” to harmful activities?
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
From the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) It’s disturbing, but true: Forty years after our major environmental laws were enacted, by most every statistic, the environment continues to worsen. Today, the same laws...
There was a lot of rejoicing last week amongst anti-gas activists when the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) upheld a Clatsop County decision to deny a pipeline construction permit to Oregon LNG on five points, including public safety....
The community rights discussion hosted by the Coos Commons Protection Council appears to have helped rally more troops to the cause of asserting local self governance. The community room at the Coos Bay Fire Hall was full to capacity and...
The Coos Commons Protection Council is gathering signatures to put The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future on the May 2016 ballot. Please download the petition, fill it out and sign it and mail to CCPC, PO Box 2042, Bandon, OR 97411 Read the full...
All governments owe their existence to the people of the community that those governments serve, and governments exist to secure and protect the rights of the people and those communities. Any system of government that becomes destructive of those ends is not legitimate, lawful, or constitutional.