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Green Tier(anny): Overview
Written by Kirsten   
Saturday, 14 July 2012 00:02

On May 23rd, 2012, Executive Order 69 was signed, ramping up a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program called Green Tier. 

Until now, Green Tier has remained relatively obscure. While the Wisconsin 9/12 Project had already begun to research the program shortly before publication of the order, we have since furthered our investigations substantially. While there remains more to uncover, we already have enough information to determine conclusively that the Green Tier program is dangerous to the State of Wisconsin, business and industry, and, most fundamentally, citizens.

Over the coming weeks, we will publish a series of articles in order to build an airtight case that the Green Tier program should be rolled back rather than advanced. We strongly encourage readers to use the research we will offer here to inform themselves on this important topic. We hope that you will, in turn, educate others, particularly elected officials at all levels of government.

The following video presentation, in conjunction with two brief clarifications and one correction below, provide a general overview of Green Tier. Subsequent in-depth articles will cover Green Tier's origins, development, advancement, and mechanics. Each of those articles will provide clear and substantial documentation.

My profound thanks to the leadership of the Fox Valley Initiative and the Fox Valley Conservative Forum, who recently invited me to address their groups in Appleton on this topic and hosted my stay; to their members, who so attentively heard the information I had to share and bore with me as I accustomed myself to delivering a new presentation; to David Lewis and David Stertz for arranging for the recording of one of the presentations; and to Jeff Bujanowski of the Liberty News Network for capturing and editing the video. I am humbled by and most grateful for such extraordinary kindness.

It will help readers to continue to the notes below before actually watching the video for clarification and correction of a bit of the information presented. 

A Few Quick Notes on the Presentation

I had only been through the material in the presentation once prior to the day the video was shot and was still in the process of solidifying some of the information in my own head.  Consequently, I did stumble in a couple of spots. The following notes should help to smooth a few minor rough patches, at least until I can write some of the subsequent articles and explore these areas for readers in greater depth. Your understanding is appreciated!

1) New Governance - I was only able to cover this concept in the most cursory way. Please look for a subsequent article for much greater elaboration on how new governance works and how it ultimately undermines our representative system of government.

2) Reflexive Law - The idea of a feedback loop is indeed valuable to some degree in understanding how reflexive law works. There is much more to it, of course. In fact, reflexive law aims at internalization of attitudes and/or responsibilities, with an outcome of "self-regulatory" behavior. Again, more information is forthcoming soon.

3) ISO 14000 Standards - The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a number of different standards series for international use. One of these, ISO 9000, addresses quality management. It is ISO 9000 that I intend to say is widely recognized and used in the United States and elsewhere in the world. In large measure, what I say in the video is correct, but I failed to correlate it specifically to ISO 9000: It has been used to ease challenges associated with international trade by facilitating the use of uniform quality standards in the production process of ISO certified businesses. 

ISO 14000 standards are instead environmental management standards, although there is some similarity to ISO 9000 in that both series address production processes. However, I was not entirely correct to state that ISO 14000 was adopted at the United Nations 1992 Rio Earth Summit along with Agenda 21. In fact, the ISO was asked to participate in the 1992 summit in order effectively to take on the challenge of developing a set of environmental management standards. The ISO accepted both the invitation and the task. It subsequently unveiled the desired framework, ISO 14001, in 1996. The framework further's the UN's sustainable development goals by facilitating the development of an environmental management system (EMS) by any type or scale of business in any industry. Like other ISO standards, ISO 14001 is technically voluntary but nevertheless becomes the governing standard for EMS development under Wisconsin's Green Tier program.