"ICLEI’s municipal members also have played a key role in advancing the local implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), one of the key Rio Conventions." "ICLEI Biennial Report, 1990-2000," page 6.
5/26/12, "SeaTac City Council hears passionate testimony on sustainability group," Sea-Tac News, Gwen Davis
"The passionate testimony, given at a council meeting by approximately 17 people – to a full room – was in regard to a $600 payment for continued membership in ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) that provides assistance to local, national and regional governments to develop environment sustainability. ICLEI has become somewhat synonymous to the United Nation’s (UN) Agenda 21, which deals with human impact on the environment.
Despite the public comments, council members voted to continue membership in the organization.
“I am serving you notice of the unconstitutionality of your actions to be entered into the public record,” said testifier Laurie Lyford to the council. “Supporting Agenda 21, the sustainable development amendment under ICLEI violates the constitutionally-imposed limitations on your legal authority and violates your oath of office.”
Several testimonies were followed by cheering, sometimes with standing ovations.
Testifiers questioned global warming’s existence.
Testifier Dr. Gordon Fulks said that C02 does not play a primary role in greenhouse gas emission. “Most scientists recognize the overriding important of water vapor” he said, adding that the scientists of ICLEI “have on training in science.”
Testifier Larry Costello concurred.
“On the matter of climate change, there has been a pattern of inconstancy. In the 1970s, the conventional wisdom was focused on climate cooling. In the 1980 and ‘90s it became global warming. Now in the 2000s it’s become a more generic climate change.”
“That convenient use of wordplay ensures that any natural event can be swept in the grasp of a proclaimed man-made crisis that global warming advocates could fix. And I’m not alone in this position.”
Costello noted that thousands of scientists, PhDs and NASA employees dispute climate change.
“ICLEI is being used to promote the UN global initiative Agenda 21 – it’s to change how we live life in ways most Americans would oppose. Agenda 21 includes distributing wealth to developing countries, considers private property unsustainable and promotes policy to eliminate it.”
“The consequence of ICLEI programs has been to lose jobs, hinder our economic recovery, invalidate our private property rights and even threaten our individual liberties and freedoms.”
Testifiers made clear they did not want the UN in their lives.
“Why would you want the UN – whose member countries frankly are not supportive of America and its values – telling you how to plan your city’s future?” asked testifier Bob Benze. “[The UN] believes sustainability depends on government control of the land. They have you believe that people and the environment are not compatible and we need to get people out of the rural areas and off the shores.”
The wisdom of human equality was challenged.
“The UN requires everyone have equal opportunity, which sounds nice. Who’s not for equal opportunity?” said SeaTac resident Vicki Lockwood. “But it’s about taking from this bottle to fill up this bottle,” she said holding three bottles, with varying amounts of liquid – the most full representing the U.S. and other developed countries, the middle representing average countries and the least full representing impoverished countries, she demonstrated.
When programs like ICLEI are implemented, she said, the government pours the full bottle into the least full one. “The ones in the [the full] bottle will probably kick and scream, so the government needs to shmooz – fool – these people.”
One person testified in ICLEI’s defense, Ralph Shape.
“It’s sad this has become a political issue when the goals of the city and ICLEI are the same,” he said.
“The Tea Party, Libertarian Party, Freedom Advocate… these organizations are so paranoid about government taking away their rights that they are attacking this one organization that’s leading the way to making cities more sustainable and improve air and water quality.”“Don’t be misled by extremists who mislead with spinning wild conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact,” he told the council." via Tom Nelson
Ed. note: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon, Alinsky Rule 5. Call your opponents "extremists with conspiracy theories." Most people can't take being ridiculed, so they just shut up.
Partial list of ICLEI partners
"ICLEI Biennial Report, 1990-2000," page 20:
"One of ICLEI’s first major accomplishments
after its founding in September 1990 was the
significant role it played at the 1992 Earth
Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In particular,
ICLEI was instrumental in the drafting and
inclusion of Chapter 28 of Agenda 21, which
mandated local governments to undertake a
local Agenda 21."
George Soros an early funder of ICLEI:
ICLEI Funders giving "more than $500,000" (1998-1999), page 26:
"Open Society Institute, USA:
Local Agenda 21(International)" (George Soros)
"US Environmental Protection Agency" (US taxpayers)
ICLEI staff as of 6/1/2000
2/26/11, "Under the guise of 'sustainability' ICLEI quietly works its way into US state law and county code. Stopped by a brave group in Maryland"
3/15/12, "TN House passes resolution condemning Agenda 21," The Tennessean
By 2001, 87 US municipalities had already signed up for Agenda 21 (p. 10).
UN personnel cannot be prosecuted by the US for any crime, abuse, theft or misuse of US taxpayer dollars even if admitted no matter how great.
2/26/12, "Rio+20 meets Agenda 21," WUWT, Willis Eschenbach
"Well, the rent-seekers, money-hungry NGOs, grifters, post-normal “scientists”, con-men, Eurotrash, and the usual camp followers are gearing up again for another monumental waste of money. This time, it’s for the upcoming extravagarbonza, the new Rio+20 Climate Carnival.
The meeting features the usual dangerous bafflegab, which conceals wholesale theft under layers of rhetoric like this:
"Integrate the three pillars of sustainable development and promote the implementation of Agenda 21 and related outcomes, consistent with the principles of universality, democracy, transparency, cost-effectiveness and accountability, keeping in mind the Rio Principles, in particular common but differentiated responsibilities. " SOURCE
As is typical with this kind of mealy-mouthed official doublespeak, we need a translation to see who is getting fleeced, and how....They say that they want to “promote the implementation of Agenda 21″. Now, “Agenda 21” was what started all of this nonsense. It was adopted at the original Rio Conference in 1992, and is as dangerous now as it was then. The danger is highlighted by the recent meeting of the UN Chief, Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon, with his UN aides brainstorming about Rio+20. They talk about “moving toward a fairer, greener, and more sustainable globalization”, a very frightening thought. They talk about strengthening the UN “to manage the process of globalization better,” another scary idea.
- I don’t want globalization of any kind, and if I did,
- I damn sure don’t want the UN involved in any way....
Rather than figuring out if there was a danger, Agenda 21 instructed people to establish an imaginary level of “dangerous interference”.
The same is true about “rates of change”. We have no evidence that changes in climate can keep ecosystems from “adapt[ing] naturally”. Despite that, we are instructed to determine the levels that do just that,
- with no hint about what that might be or how to measure it."...
ICLEI software is used by US states and localities:
1/11/11, ICLEI's Star Community Index System
ICLEI involvement in Texas, 2005 document, page 2:
"Emissions Inventory Methodology
The Arlington Carbon Footprint, GHG emissions inventory, was conducted using special software provided by ICLEI-Local Governments
for Sustainability, the Clean Air and Climate Protection Software. This program requires annual activity data for emissions sources
including electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, mobile sources and solid waste. This information was converted to GHG emissions through
the use of activity and equipment-specific emissions factors.
The City engaged two graduate student interns from University of Texas at Arlington to assist with data collection, analysis and entry. The consulting firm Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (CDM) was contracted to assist with guidance in the data collection process, and
analysis of the inventory and emissions forecasts, using best practices from across the U.S. in municipal GHG accounting."...
The US government has been using an ICLEI "tool" for years, page 3:
1/31/2005, "Emerging Tools for Assessing Air Pollutant Emission Reductions from
Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy," Global Environment & Technology Foundation
"The two existing tools were the Clean Air and
Climate Protection Software (CACPS) tool developed by Torrie Smith Associates for STAPPA/ALAPCO and ICLEI1."
"CACPS" is ICLEI software (1/31/2005, p. 3)
PDF from The City Of Arlington, Texas:
As a member of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, a participant in the Cities for Climate Protection campaign, and a signatory to both the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2030 Challenge and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Federal Climate Policy Framework, the City has committed to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its own operations, and within the community."...
"In 2001, ICLEI joined forces with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to build a software product that helps local governments create greenhouse gas inventories, quantify the benefits of reduction measures, and formulate local climate action plans. The result -- the original CACP Software -- has been helping local governments for five years develop climate action plans that harmonize strategies to reduce both greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions.
In 2008, ICLEI partnered with the California Air resources Board and the California Climate Action Registry to develop LGOP."...
More on ICLEI from Capital Research Center, Vadum
5/23/12, "ERCOT: (Texas) State faces potential power shortages for the next decade," Statesman.com
Ed. note: Death by alphabet groups.
via Tom Nelson