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by charles battig md piedmont chapter va scientists and engineers for energy and environment

The Successful Case For Removing ICLEI And Cool Counties From Albemarle County, VApresentationVirginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VirginiaOctober 22, 2011


Charles Battig, MD

Piedmont Chapter

VA Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment

what is iclei
What Is ICLEI?

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, founded in 1990

relabeled in 2003 as

“Local Governments for Sustainability”

Goal is to Implement The U.N.’s Agenda 21

agenda 21 document
Agenda 21 Document

“A comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans impact the environment”

RIO 1992

Note: RIO+20 is next year

agenda 21
Agenda 21
  • The United Nation’s world-wide plan for the 21ST Century from the 1992 UN’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A handbook designed to regulate every human activity using the benchmarks of “sustainability,” “environmental consequences,” and “biodiversity”
  • Written by UN bureaucrats, government officials, non-governmental agencies (NGOs), and environmental activists to achieve population control, wealth redistribution, and social justice
the u n sustainability viewpoint
The U.N. Sustainability Viewpoint

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset controlled by individuals and subject to the inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership…contributes to social injustice.”*

*U.N. Habitat 1 Conference , Commission on Sustainable Development ,Vancouver, Canada 1976

biodiversity and environmental impact become the new benchmarks
Biodiversity And Environmental Impact Become The New Benchmarks
  • U.N. derived policy contradicts the U.S. Constitutional/unalienable rights of its citizens
  • Ownership of private property was seen as a core component of the U.S. Constitution by the founding fathers
  • A gradual erosion of private property rights by land use regulations based on “sustainability” is embodied in Agenda 21 policy
don t scare the folks
Don’t Scare The Folks
  • United Nations Environment and Development Forum Speaker Gary Lawrence (former Clinton advisor) in reference to local AG 21 concerns:

“we call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management, or smart growth”

  • The social planners have been adept in using other such language as: “Resilient Cities,” “Regional Visioning Projects,” “STAR Sustainable Communities,” “Green Jobs,” “Local Visioning,” and “Consensus Building”
president obama continues the federal intrusion
President Obama Continues The Federal Intrusion
  • June 2011 President Obama establishes the “Rural Council” by executive order
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide administrative support
  • All major federal agencies will participate
  • The stated goal: “to improve the quality of life in rural America”
  • “I am from the federal government, and am here to help you”
2007–Albemarle Joins “Cool Counties”;2007-Al Gore’s Climate Claims Thrown Out In England As “Political Propaganda”
cool counties climate stabilization declaration
“Cool Counties” Climate Stabilization Declaration
  • A 2007 Sierra Club initiative
  • Objective: Counties are to resolve to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050
  • Why? In response to the unproved claim that manmade greenhouse gases are causing detectible climate change
  • My Question: How does one measure “the climate”?
what are the objectives of sustainable development
What Are The Objectives of “Sustainable Development”?
  • Objectives include the linking of economic , social, and environmental policies in order to reduce human consumption, achieve social equity, and preserve biodiversity
  • It is predicated on alarmist claims of human caused destruction of the environment
  • This global goal is to be achieved using central planning techniques at each level of government to regulate private property ownership and individual freedom
  • Central governmental control is the aim; “sustainability” is merely the pretense for public consumption
The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) (The Gold Standard Of Environmentalists’ Policy), Speaks:

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy…One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore”*

*IPCC lead author and chairman of WG 3, Dr. Ottmar Eden-Hofer , November 13, 2010 interview

raising public awareness in albemarle county
Raising Public Awareness In Albemarle County
  • Following a presentation by Donna Holt, October 2010, our Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) agrees that defunding ICLEI would be a Tea Party objective for 2011
  • The JATP “National Issues Forum” is presented as an open, public education event October 29, 2010
making use of county board of supervisors protocol
Making Use Of County Board Of Supervisors’ Protocol
  • The County Board of Supervisors holds two public meetings each month
  • A nominal two to three minute talk time is available to the public for “Items not on the Agenda”
  • The audience is not just the BOS, but others in attendance
initial reaction from one albemarle county bos member
Initial Reaction From One Albemarle County BOS Member
  • What U.N…I don’t see any U.N. in County documents
  • A Tea Party conspiracy
  • Tea Party infiltration into County Government
  • Everyone knows that there is a “climate change” consensus
  • Climate skeptics are climate change deniers
  • ICLEI membership costs only $1,200 per year
iclei is in virginia at the state level
ICLEI Is In Virginia At The State Level

ICLEI USA : “Initiated in 2007, the Virginia State Climate Protection Network consists of local governments from across the state that are taking critical and innovative steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop in a more sustainable and just manner”


2011: What Has Been Learned Since 2007?It’s The Sun, Cosmic Rays, and CloudsIt’s Not Just All About Carbon Dioxide Equivalentsscience Not Personal Opinion

the first success
The First Success
  • June 8, 2011: The Albemarle County BOS votes four to two to defund ICLEI after hours of tumultuous public comment
  • The BOS votes to defund and withstands a packed auditorium of environmental activists, UVA students, and liberal politicians booing and catcalling Tea Party members speaking to defund ICLEI
iclei drop outs growing
ICLEI “Drop Outs” Growing
  • Carroll County, MD
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Georgetown, TX
  • Carver, MA
  • Montgomery County, PA
  • Edmond, OK
  • Norman, OK
  • Clallam County, WA
  • Garland ,TX
  • James City County, VA
  • Amador County, CA
  • Pinellas, FL
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Albemarle County, VA
  • Lexington, VA
  • Sequim, WA
the next success
The Next Success
  • September7, 2011: The BOS votes four to two to rescind their 2007 “Cool Counties” resolution
  • Why?
  • Answer: The majority felt that Albemarle County regulations should originate in Albemarle County, and not be based on outside advocacy organizations
sustainability buzz words
“Sustainability” Buzz Words
  • Climate change
  • Climate protection
  • Mountains & critical slopes
  • Riparian buffers
  • Best management practices
  • Biofilter
  • Energy Star
  • Public/private partnerships
  • Floodplain
  • Impervious surfaces
  • Raingarden
  • Safe yield
  • Stream buffer
  • Stakeholders
  • Visioning projects
  • Vehicle miles traveled
  • Watershed
  • Wetland
planning away private property rights
Planning Away Private Property Rights
  • Activist groups pressure the local government to act to save the environment and climate
  • Decision making committees are formed
  • Influential members of the community get to be “stakeholders”
  • Policies are developed by unelected individuals and special interest groups
  • The elected officials are presented a final report said to represent the expert “consensus”
the thomas jefferson planning district 10
The Thomas Jefferson Planning District 10
  • The 23 Virginia Planning Districts are a creation of the 1968 Virginia General Assembly
  • A form of unelected, shadow government, funded by tax and grant monies
  • The mission: “to promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social, and economic elements…by planning and encouraging and assisting governmental subdivisions to plan for the future”
elections are the key
Elections Are The Key
  • Continued protection of private property rights are only one BOS election away from a return to a progressive majority
  • Although ICLEI is defunded, the County staff mindset is still favors ICLEI related policies
  • The Thomas Jefferson Planning District has $1 million from H.U.D. and three years to build their case for implementing their “sustainability” reforms in the County and City Comprehensive Plans