Transportation is a major factor in the Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) project. One presentation, Fargo Main Street, discussed how the state transportation department used projects to determine the economic future of Fargo and its redevelopment. But the overall agenda is far more nefarious.
If it weren't enough that a state transportation department interfered in rural community development, here comes the federal government to save the day. Involved in this panel, Smart Rural Transportation Development, is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and Arizona Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) Director, Kevin Adams who brought in the fear factor of safety, which has become the underlying slogan for justifying certain actions in transportation projects that are really just hidden ways to redesign the land and its use.
Matthew Dalby from the EPA starts out by saying his office "focuses on helping communities identify economic drivers and revitalize their existing places" such as main streets and neighborhoods. As a "federal family", the EPA works with multiple other federal agencies to execute this agenda on rural communities with special emphasis on rural communities near recreation. All EPA influence over rural communities can be found on their Smart Growth website.
Mr. Dalby also addressed the agricultural sector as a transportation issue because of it being an economic driver. As part of the EPA's partnership to implement United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals, the real purpose is transportation of services and goods, in this case food, and the EPA is supporting the UN with their focus on, "Strengthening the supply chain through the direct support of farmers and investments in infrastructure, transportation...".
Ann Reinke, USDOT, spoke to "safety", rebuilding a city's infrastructure, and the use of federal funds to help communities achieve their projects, or should it be said for the federal government to execute their projects on us.
One question from the audience, an individual from the Global Pathways Institute, raised the issue of the "crisis" in the rural west on broadband access and the need for "air service". Yes, everything is a crisis and every rural town needs an airport for emergency services, to have a "normal life", and to get to medical services, both internet access and health services being on the UN radar through their sustainable development goal 9 and 3.
But it is one stunning comment made by Ms. Reinke towards the end of this video that really sums up what RRW is really all about. Ms. Reinke stated they should "meet people where they are", referring to our financial ability to get around, stating, "We don't want to socially engineer too much...". RRW is really about restructuring rural communities and the people who live in those communities, to live a certain way that meet UN goals for a sustainable world. Integrating the economy and development into transportation is one major way in which these goals are being met, we are being socially engineered. Our foundation of local governance is stripped away as they move in and redesign our community. The federal government knows exactly what this agenda is about and Ms. Reinke slipped the cat out of the bag.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has adopted the UN sustainable development goals and integrated them into their work through a couple of programs, Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) and the Sustainable Highways Initiative (SHI), and their Primer. The graph below from this document even has the same UN sustainable graphic. Both the FHA Primer and the document use Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, as a reference.
As the UN states, "Rural transport plays an indispensable role in achieving more than half of the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ‘leave no one behind’." Transportation is used as an overlay to integrate social and economic pillars in Agenda 2030. That is why transportation agencies have their nose in rural redevelopment and economics.
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