Clackamas County Cancels ICLEI Contract

As reported by Roxanne Ross

An announcement of momentous import was made at the April 26th 2012 Board of County Commissioners meeting of Clackamas County, Oregon.  Commissioner Jamie Damon revealed that Clackamas County would not be renewing their membership in “ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA” at the next annual dues deadline.  Commissioner Jamie Damon stated, “This was brought up several business meetings ago, and I was unfamiliar with the organization, so I did some research and looked up the organization as well.  And we have decided to not continue as members of ICLEI.  So I just wanted to let you know that.” The remaining crowd in the room erupted in applause.  It was nearly at the end of the meeting around one hour fifty nine minutes (video on their web).

Through ICLEI membership, local governments receive tools for carbon counting assessments and programs (regulations/controls) that can be implemented locally to lower carbon emissions.   Dues are paid annually and programs can be purchased from ICLEI.  The May 2009 consent agenda for the City of Portland shows a $25,000 program purchase from ICLEI.  Goals are set, carbon assessments are made, action plans to reach the goals are formed, action plans are implemented, carbon assessments are done again, and new goals and action plans are formed.  Local governments pour lots of personnel time as well as the actual payments to ICLEI.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability used to be known as International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.  It is the global organization and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA is the American corporation making the contracts with local governments.

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UN Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and the Wildlands Project

This information is crucial to your understanding of the Soviet planning model.. and how Metro and others who are making policy and “planning” decision in Oregon are determined to implement the United Nations Goals, under Agenda 21 and ICLEI.   You will understand how those who invest their lives using government as their tool for destroying individual private property rights and expanding Statism all over America.

Green Global Dictatorship: Regional Governance, UN Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and the Wildlands Project

Dr. Eric T. Karlstrom, Professor of Geography

My people perish for lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4:6

It seems indeed to be easier to deceive a multitude than one man.

Herodotus, Greek historian

The phony Christian-conservatives have never warned you about the very plan that is the very means whereby planners are silently, insidiously, and deceptively dragging America into a global government, the seat of which is intended to be the United Nations. That plan is “Regional Governance.”

Jakie Patru, “Regionalism: Sneaking America into Global Government”

I believe there are more instances of the abrigement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

James Madison

In most communities, neither victims, nor the proponents of sustainable development are aware that their plight is part of a global agenda. Indeed, most would scoff at the idea. Nevertheless, the transformation of America is well underway, without public debate or Congressional approval. From watershed, to ecosystem, to village, to city, to multi-county regions, to trans-boundary biospheres- the U.N. agenda is being systematically implemented- with the help of elected officials, paid for with the taxes of American citizens.

Henry Lamb, “Why the Government is Grabbing Our Land”

Government is not reason; its not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington

Private property and freedom are inseparable.

George Washington

I. Institutions Behind The Greening of America

In search for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill…

The Club of Rome

In “The Greening of America Part 1- How Did It Happen?” (http://discerningtoday.org/greening_of_america1.htm), Dr. Michael Coffman (Ph.D. forester), notes that the “Greening of America” with its attendant conversion to Regional Governance, U.N. Agenda 21 (Agenda for the 21st Century), and Sustainable Development, began with the creation of the United Nations in 1945. In 1946, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was formed as the primary scientific adviser to the UN on environmental issues. It was founded by Julien Huxley, who was also a founder of UNESCO- United Nations Education, Scientfic and Cultural Organization. Members of the IUCN today include over 880 governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in 133 countries. In the U.S., IUCN members include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Other IUCN members are the U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP), the UN Development Program (UNDP), UNESCO, as well as a host of NGOs, including the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Two other major international environmental organizations were later created to also serve as advisers to the UN: the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Figure 1 (below) illustrates how federal agencies today cooperate with environmental groups to implement strategies devised by the United Nations in concert with the IUCN, WWF, and WRI. Coffman notes that almost every strategy implemented during the past 30 years (1978 to 2008) has originated with this “unholy alliance.”

Read the “Rest of the Story….

Public Officials Must Learn About Agenda 21

Elected officials must learn what Agenda 21 is before opening their
mouths and revealing their ignorance. Henry Lamb explains why.

Public Officials Must Learn About Agenda 21

      Henry Lamb

California Representative Wally Herger offered an article on Agenda 21
which, unfortunately, reflects  a lack of knowledge about Agenda 21 –
shared by far too many elected officials.   In the first instance, he
said that Agenda 21 is a document developed at a U.N. Conference in
1993.

Wrong!

Agenda 21 was developed over a period of time, traceable from the
1972 U.N. Conference on the Environment, which identified “environmental
protection” as the world’s greatest problem, and gave the world the
U.N. Environmental Programme,  followed almost immediately by Nixon’s
Executive Order that created the EPA.

Then came the 1976 U.N. Conference on Human Settlements, signed by the U.S., which proclaimed that “Public control of land use is…indispensible.” 
The next major step was the creation of the U.N. World Commission on
Environment and Development in 1983, chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland. 
The commission issued its final report in 1987, called Our Common Future
This document produced the concept and defined the term “Sustainable
Development” to be:  “Development that meets the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
needs.”

This rather ambiguous definition was spelled out in great detail in a
40-chapter, 300-page document titled Agenda 21, signed and adopted by
179 nations in 1992 (not 1993) at the U.N. Conference on Environment and
Development in Rio de Janeiro.

Herger goes on to say:

“While this document was agreed to by the United Nations, the United
States is a party to the agreement only by our membership in the U.N.
For the agreement to become legally binding, it would require submission
to the U.S. Senate for ratification by the President. This has not
occurred. Again, ‘Agenda 21’ is not legally binding on the United
States.”

Wrong!

Actually, the document was adopted by 179 nations, including the
signature of George H.W. Bush.  A nation’s signature on a U.N. document
obligates the nation to do nothing in opposition to the goals of the
document, and to promote implementation of the document’s
recommendations.  Agenda 21 is not a treaty subject to Senate
ratification.  It was never intended to be a treaty.   (Bill Clinton
signed the Kyoto Protocol.  Because his signature obligated the U.S.,
George W. Bush took the unusual action to have the U.S. signature
removed from the document.) At the same conference, however, two
treaties were adopted by the U.N.: The framework Convention on Climate
Change, signed by Bush and ratified by the Senate; and the Convention on
Biological Diversity, not signed by Bush,  signed by Clinton, but not ratified by the Senate.

Nothing in Agenda 21 is legally binding on any government until a
government – at any level – adopts an Agenda 21 recommendation as a law
or ordinance, or as an Executive Order such as EO 12852 issued by
President Bill Clinton in 1993 in response to Agenda 21 recommendation
8.7:

“Governments, in cooperation, where appropriate, with international
organizations, should adopt a national strategy for sustainable
development…”

Bill Clinton’s EO created the “President’s Council on Sustainable
Development” expressly for the purpose of implementing the
recommendations in Agenda 21 throughout federal, state, and local
governments.  The EPA and other federal agencies offered challenge
grants to state and local government to promote the implementation of
the recommendations in Agenda 21.  The federal government gave more than
$5 million to the American Planning Association to produce “Growing Smart: Legislative Guidebook,”
which provides model legislation for states that, when adopted,
requires counties and cities to adopt recommendations found in Agenda
21.

Herger says further: “There are innumerable reasons to be concerned
about the United Nations, but I don’t believe the toothless “Agenda 21″
is one of them.”

Sadly, Herger’s lack of knowledge about Agenda 21 is shared by most
elected officials.  The recommendations in Agenda 21 are presented as
Smart Growth, Sustainable Communities, Greenways, and a host of similar
buzz words.    Agenda 21 is toothless until a local government
incorporates Agenda 21 recommendations into their comprehensive land use
plans.  Then the recommendations have the force of law.

A U.N. accredited non-government organization called ICLEI
(International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) exists at
the behest of the U.N.
for the purpose of helping local governments implement the
recommendations in Agenda 21.  ICLEI has contracts with more than 600
U.S. cities and counties and is working diligently to spread its gospel
even further.

Rep Herger, and all elected officials, should learn more about Agenda
21 and its effect on communities where it has been implemented.  People
in Los Angeles County are being removed
(17:35) from their own private property for non-compliance with Agenda
21 recommendations included in recently adopted building codes. People
are being forced to live where they do not want to live because of Urban
Boundary Zones, and arbitrary and, unreasonable acreage requirements
for a single dwelling.  The free videos available here
are a great place for elected officials, and everyone else, to begin
their education on Agenda 21 and sustainable development.  This same
site offers a wealth of detailed, well-documented information on Agenda
21, its source, history, and effect.

Elected officials must learn what Agenda 21 is before opening their mouths and revealing their ignorance.

 

Originally published at The Moral Liberal by Contributing Editor, Henry Lamb, who is also the author of “The Rise of Global Governance,”  Chairman of Sovereignty International, and founder of the  Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.

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It’s hard to believe… but many public officials STILL don’t have a clue concerning the United Nations Agenda 21 and the stated intentions and goals. Clueless is the word that comes to mind. This article explains once again the source of tremendous efforts to use “the environment” as cover for a far more sinister effort to bring America to it’s knees via regulation, taxation, and destruction of it’s sovereign status.

Agenda 21: Conspiracy Theory or Real Threat? – Rachel Alexander – Townhall Conservative Columnists

Americans are so focused on Congress and Obama at the federal level of government right now that most are overlooking the socialism creeping in at the local level through Agenda 21. It is easy to overlook local government since people are saturated with too much information in the internet age. Compounding this is the fact that Agenda 21 is a dull topic, and it becomes understandable how it has been able to fly mostly under the radar since 1992, slowly working its way into our cities and counties.

Agenda 21, which reportedly means an agenda for the 21st century, is a United Nations program launched in 1992 for the vague purpose of achieving global “sustainable development.” Congress never approved Agenda 21, although Presidents Obama, Clinton and George H.W. Bush have all signed Executive Orders implementing it. 178 other world leaders agreed to it in 1992 at the Rio Summit. Since then, the U.N. has mostly bypassed national governments, using Agenda 21’s International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (“ICLEI”) to make agreements directly with local governments. ICLEI’s U.S. presence has grown to include agreements with over 600 cities, towns and counties here, which are now copying the land use plans prescribed in Agenda 21.

Some conservatives are trying to attract attention to Agenda 21 by labeling it a secret conspiracy to create a one world government. While that will wake some people up, it will turn off others. It does not matter whether it is a conspiracy or not. There are people on the left side of the political spectrum – who may even believe they have good intentions – working together to spread their vision for society worldwide. Whether they meet in dark rooms or openly in public meetings is irrelevant; they are having great success convincing local governments in the U.S. to adopt their socialist and extreme environmentalist programs under the guise of feel-good buzz words. Left wing billionaire George Soros’s Open Society has provided $2,147,415 to ICLEI. Van Jones’ Green for All and the Tides Foundations’ Apollo Alliance are also reportedly ICLEI contributors.

Agenda 21 ostensibly seeks to promote “sustainability” (the latest revisionist word for “environmentalism,” since Americans have learned too many negative things about environmentalism). “Sustainability” is an amorphous concept that can be interpreted to an extreme degree that would regulate and restrict many parts of our lives. When will the level of carbon emissions be low enough? How much must we reduce our consumption of fossil fuels? Preserving the environment is a dubious science, and what steps are really necessary to protect the environment are anyone’s guess.

Agenda 21 promotes European socialist goals that will erode our freedoms and liberties. Most of its vague, lofty sounding phrases cause the average person’s eyes to glaze over, making it easier to sneak into our communities. The environmentalist goals include atmospheric protection, combating pollution, protecting fragile environments, and conserving biological diversity. Agenda 21 goes well beyond environmentalism. Other broad goals include combating poverty, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, and reducing private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, and privately owned farms. It seeks to cram people into small livable areas and institute population control. There is a plan for “social justice” that will redistribute wealth.

Once these vague, overly broad goals are adopted, they are being interpreted to allow massive amounts of new, overreaching regulations. Joyce Morrison from Eco-logic Powerhouse says Agenda 21 is so broad it will affect the way we “live, eat, learn and communicate.” Berit Kjos, author of Brave New Schools, warns that Agenda 21 “regulation would severely limit water, electricity, and transportation – even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system.” Even one of the authors of Agenda 21 has admitted that it “…calls for specific changes in the activities of all people…” These steps are already being enacted little by little at the local levels.

Since the U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and uses more energy than any other country, it stands to lose the most from environmental regulations. The goal of “sustainability,” which comes down to using government to heavy-handedly accomplish vague goals of caring for the earth, goes contrary to our free market capitalism. Even more unfair, struggling third world countries and communist countries that cannot financially afford to comply with the onerous environmental regulations will continue their high levels of fossil fuel consumption, and the U.S. will be forced by U.N. regulators to conserve even more to make up for those countries.

Obama signed Executive Order 13575 earlier this month, establishing a “White House Rural Council” prescribed by Agenda 21. The amount of government Obama has directed to administer this is staggering. Obama committed thousands of federal employees in 25 federal agencies to promote sustainability in rural areas, completely bypassing Congressional approval. Some of these agencies are unrelated to rural areas. The agencies will entice local communities into adopting Agenda 21 programs by providing them millions of dollars in grants. Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh writing for Canada Free Press analyzed the order and wrote, “it establishes unchecked federal control into rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16% of the U.S. population.”

Tea party groups, talk show host Glenn Beck, and organizations like Freedom Advocates, Catholic Investigative Agency and Sovereignty International are working hard to expose Agenda 21, but there is only so much a few can do. Some local governments have become aware of what Agenda 21 is really about and dropped out of ICLEI this year. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners, Montgomery County in Pennsylvania and the city of Edmond, Oklahoma have all withdrawn their participation.

It will be difficult to defeat Agenda 21 because it requires changing the attitudes of over 600 separate localities across the U.S. Ideally, a conservative president could roll back the executive orders implementing it, but considering Republican President H.W. Bush was a disappointment in this area that may be too much to hope for. If Republicans take over Congress they could challenge the huge power grab Obama made with Executive Order 13575 and ban Agenda 21 in the U.S. For now, local activists must champion this issue, much like Texans for Accountable Government has done, educating local boards and commissions and serving on them. Agenda 21 is a tedious and overwhelming topic, and until it can be explained in an easy-to-understand way that interests the average American, it will be tough to beat back.

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The United (Socialist) Nations – Progress on Global Governance via Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Bio-Diversity | Originals

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Who is behind the effort to use fraudulent “Climate Science” as a tool for political consolidation and manipulation? To be direct.. Socialists.

Examine the facts for yourself. Consider the political aspirations of those who continue to push the hoax, despite clear and compelling evidence that this man made global climate change is nothing more than a giant hoax, the aim being to use it as cover for an effort to bring the world into a “one world” government with unelected “leaders” to become imperial taskmasters. Read the evidence. Test it against the best arguments brought forth by the United Nation’s “Globalist” cabal. The one common theme is the sincere and consistent use of junk science and outright deception..even in the face of overwhelming evidence. This effort to control via a massive centralized government has nothing to do with “climate science”, and everything to do with domination and and subjugation of sovereign states to the will and power of people who lust to prey on the inhabitants of the world.. especially those who wish to live free.

Energy Scam.. change in the wind?

The Great Renewable Energy Scam: Is There A Change in the Wind?

by Patrick J. Michaels

 

This article appeared in Forbes.com on January 19, 2012.

 

 

People don’t like being forced to purchase things they may not want, which is why over half of us are hoping that the Supreme Court throws out the individual insurance mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

There’s also a worldwide rebellion brewing against being forced to purchase expensive electricity produced by so-called “renewable” sources, now being exacerbated by the availability of very cheap natural gas from shale formations.

But, here in the U.S. there are some 30 different statewide “renewable portfolio standards” (RPSs) that also mandate pricey power, usually under the guise of fighting dreaded global warming.

RPSs command tha. a certain percentage of electricity has to come from wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass. Given that this power generally costs a lot more than what comes from a modern coal or gas plant, your local utility passes the cost on in the form of higher bills, which the various state utility commissions are only too happy to approve in the name of saving the planet.

When are governments going to learn that they ought to butt out of the energy business?

RPSs generally do not include hydroelectric power, which produces no carbon dioxide. It’s also much more predictable than solar or wind, and costs about the same as the average for gas and coal combined. It’s not in the portfolio standards because dams are soooo 20th century, and it isn’t a darling of the green lobby, like solar, wind and biomass. But hydro can deliver more juice than solar is ever likely to.

Nor do RPSs allow for natural gas. There are massive quantities in shale formations around the country, and new horizontal drilling techniques are releasing so much of it that it is now the cheapest source of electrical power. If our environmentalist friends were at all serious about climate change, they would enthuse over it becaus. it produces significantly less carbon dioxide than an equivalent quantity of coal when used for power generation. Instead, they are horrified that cheap gas will destroy solar and wind.

Their worries are quite well-founded. In November, NextEra Energy, the country’s largest wind-energy producer, said it would develop no new wind projects this year, as utilities sell cheaper gas power.

 

Patrick J. Michaels is a Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies at the Cato Institute.

More by Patrick J. Michaels

When are governments going to learn that they ought to butt out of the energy business? RPSs that specify certain technologies are essentially picking winners and losers based more upon political pull than market logic.

One needs to look no further than ethanol as a motor fuel, mandated by the feds. Sold as “renewable” and reducing pernicious carbon dioxide emissions, it actually produces more in its life cycle than simply burning an equivalent amount of gasoline. It also—unconscionably—consumes 40% of U.S. corn production, and we are the by far the world’s largest producer of this important basic food.

The popular revulsion against ethanol has succeeded in cutting its massive federal subsidy, of $0.54 per gallon, which ran out on Dec. 31. But that doesn’t stop the federal mandate. Last year it was for roughly 14 billion gallons from corn and it will be nearly 15 billion in 2012. By 2022, up to 20 billion gallons will be required — all from corn — unless there is a breakthrough in so-called “cellulosic” ethanol, which, no matter how much money the government throws at it, hasn’t happened. Indeed, the largest cellulosic plant, Range Fuels, in Camilla, Ga., just went bankrupt. The loss to American taxpayers appears to be about $120 million, or about 25% of a Solyndra.

Don’t expect Congress to zero the ethanol mandate anytime soon. Farm country tends to be conservative on pretty much everything except propping up corn prices, which is what ethanol mandates do.

Having seen the ethanol debacle, will the states put solar and wind in their rightful (small) niches by repealing the RPSs? Increasing utility bills with renewable mandates is politically dangerous, and there is less and less political will to subsidize and otherwise prop up energy sources and technologies that cost too much.

Look for a movement in the many state legislatures that approved the outrageous RPSs without asking people how they liked being forced to buy something they don’t want. Or will cheaper natural gas and hydro be allowed in the standards in the place of wind and solar? There is likely to be some legislation introduced this year and a lot more in the future, as the U.S. catches on to the great renewable energy scam.

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