The progressive socialist organization, Center for American Progress (CAP), releases the report, "How Much Nature Should America Keep?" (CAP Report). This report provides the talking points and direction to policy makers and environmental organizations on how to implement the international goal of 30x30 in America where most of the land is owned by the people, and property rights are protected.
In this report they make the following claims that we see repeated in key documents from proponents of 30x30. These include:
A 30x30 resolution using the narrative in the CAP report is filed in the House and the Senate. It is co-sponsored in the Senate by Kamala Harris (currently Vice President of the U.S.) & introduced in the House by Representative Debra Haaland (currently Secretary of the Department of the Interior).
House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis issues the report, "Solving the Climate Crisis," that includes specific policy recommendations to implement 30x30 in America. Some of these include:
January 26, 2021 (1 day before implementation)
Environmental Groups Release Media Blitz of Support for 30x30
Every major environmental group in America releases a statement of support for 30x30, parroting the talking points developed in the CAP Report. The League of Conservation Voters circulated a letter signed by 70 of America's Mayors and 450 elected officials to Congressional leaders pushing for legislation advancing 30x30.
Biden Signs Climate Crisis EO
Six days after being inaugurated as President of the United States, Biden signs Executive Order 14008, "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad." Section 216 launches 30 x 30 directing four departments to create an implementation plan "to achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030."
Department of Interior Releases Fact Sheet
The Department of the Interior releases a Fact Sheet on how it will be implementing the Climate Crisis Executive Order (EO). Included in this a section on 30x30 where they confirm the EO is initiating the 30x30 program, using language and talking points from the CAP Report. They state:
Thirty percent of America's land base is approximately 700 million acres.
The Biden Administration's DOI Fact sheet claims that as of 2021, 12% of the land is permanently protected, or approximately 300 million acres. This includes:
That leaves another 400 million acres they need to protect by 2030.
The claim that we are losing a football field of habitat every 30 seconds in America, if correct, only amounts to potentially 11 million acres being converted by development in ten years.
The question that must be asked is why is the Biden Administration seeking to protect another 400 million acres by 2030? The crisis they have defined does not add up.
How much land is 400 million acres? Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts states this best: It is the equivalent of protecting one state of Nebraska every year for the next nine years, or two states of Texas.
The map above is from the U.S. Geological Survey Gap Analysis Project (GAP), which has been tracking the protected status of our lands for many years. They categorize the land into four levels depending on the protected status. The two darkest green colors (GAP 1&2) make up the 12% currently permanently protected as cited in DOI's Fact Sheet.
February 11, 2021
Acting Secretary for DOI issues Sec. Order 3396, which rescinds 3388 that required the consent of states and local governments for federal land acquisitions. Congress is required to place $900 million annually into this fund.
February 26, 2021
House passes H.R. 803 four days after being heard in the Rules Committee, not the Natural Resource Committee, which has jurisdiction. It creates 1.5 million acres of Wilderness, withdrawing 1.2 million acres of rare earth minerals and other permanent land protections. The White House pushed for the passage in order to help reach the 30 x 30 goal.
February 16, 2021
Garfield County, Colorado passed the first resolution to oppose 30 x 30 just three weeks after the President launched the 30 x 30 initiative. Local governments across the nation have followed suit, sending a strong message to the Administration that 30 x 30 is not a locally driven initiative -- it is rejected by local governments and the people they serve. Over 150 Counties have passed the Resolution.
April 21, 2021
Fifteen Governors signed a joint letter noticing President Biden that section 216 of the Climate Crisis Executive Order (14008), to conserve 30 percent of America’s lands by 2030, “infringes on the sovereignty of the states and rights of the citizens.”
Led by Nebraska's Pete Ricketts, who was the first Governor to oppose 30 x 30, the letter was signed by the Governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Additionally, the Attorney Generals for Kansas and Nebraska sent the Biden Administration a similar letter opposing the program.
May 6, 2021
The Biden Administration's releases the implementation plan for 30 x 30. It calls on American's to conserve and restore our lands, without providing transparency or substantive details.
It claims the program is not about "protecting" the lands, but instead is to "conserve and restore" the lands; yet the Administration fails to define the difference.
It fails to identify clearly the lands that will be included, even though the Administration's early action and statements makes this clear.
It is a marketing plan to rebrand the 30 x 30 land grab into something they hope Americans will accept and support.
May 11, 2021
Representative Boebert and 22 of her Colleagues filed the “30 x 30 Termination Act.” This bill prohibits federal funds from being spent to carry out the program, ensures no net-loss of non-federal land in counties and states that already have a significant federal presence, ensures no net-loss of multiple-use activities without Congressional approval, and prohibits unilateral mineral withdrawals without Congressional approval. (Background)
Also, a companion bill was filed in the Senate led by U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (KS) and Kevin Cramer (ND). The Senate 30 X 30 TERMINATION ACT, blocks the Biden Administration’s 30 x 30 directive to conserve at least 30% of our private lands and waters by 2030. The legislation prevents a number of invasive actions on public and private land in the name of conservation and ensures 30 x 30 is stopped dead in its tracks.
This report attempts to set a scientific basis for the 30 x 30 agenda.
The "Half Earth" agenda launched by E.O Wilson seeks to permanently protect 50 percent of the world's lands and oceans in their natural state.
September 22, 2021, the IUCN World Conservation Congress Adopted Resolution 101, the 30 x 30 agenda. But this resolution also calls on all nations to work towards protecting 70 percent of the worlds lands.
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