On Monday, April 4th
the Abingdon Town Council was
addressed by Catherine Turner,
representing the SWVA Tea Party of
Abingdon / Bristol and Richard Macbeth, representing the 10th Amendment Foundation.
After months of research, Turner and Macbeth presented arguments to the Town Council in favor of dissolving the
Town’s partnership with ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
Perhaps most members of local government have been unaware of the larger agenda that looms beneath the utopian ICLEI-induced scheme. It was apparent during the April 4th presentation to the Town Council that Planning Commissioner Garrett Jackson and Abingdon Go Green Committee colleague Kevin Worley, were highly entertained by what was a very sober report.
Conversely, members of the Tea Party remained well-behaved despite the Council’s unanimous vote in favor of Town Manager Greg Kelly’s authorization of the energy audit presented by Worley, the Director of Parks and Recreation Manager. The plan to spend $19,000 on a survey conducted by Trane Heating and Air seemed strangely coincidental to our purpose for being there. We look forward to seeing how all the Town buildings score on the audit and will keep our fingers crossed that Abingdon taxpayers won’t be forced to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to replace working HVAC systems in these difficult economic times.
From: James M. Cowart
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:01PM
To: Floyd Bailey
Subject: Have you begun integrating climate adaptation into your current climate action strategies, or are you focused solely on reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
……The Climate Mitigation efforts which most everyone is doing or trying to do, will in the future be joined by Climate Adaptation efforts to address/mitigate the effects of climate changes brought on by global warming.
You might visit the ICLEI USA website for info about this.
In late 2008, the Town of Abingdon partnered with the organization ICLEI
and set into motion the ICLEI defined Five Milestone Approach in order to reach the goal of
30% carbon reduction by 2021. In January of this year, the 10th Amendment Foundation and SWVA Tea Party
Abingdon/Bristol filed Freedom of Information Act requests in their effort to understand the Town’s partnership
From the above email communication between Director of Grants and Economic Development Jim Cowart and
Floyd Bailey, Director of Information Technology, it would appear that the relationship has blossomed from
Town of Abingdon taxpayers who foot the bill.
For just $1800, the United Nations Agenda 21 dogma bought themselves a place in local government. But, go up to anyone on Main Street and ask if they’ve ever heard of ICLEI, inevitably the response is “huhh?” While you’re at it, ask them if the best thing that comes to mind for the current lack of jobs in the area (perhaps we should pose this question to Mr. Cowart) is reducing the carbon footprint.
Never heard of ICLEI? There are more than 600 member locales in the US. And 1220 local government members in 70 countries.
Weeks earlier Mr. Cowart and Town Manager Greg Kelly, Mayor Ed Morgan, Vice Mayor Cathy Lowe and Council Members Jason Berry, Bob Howard and Rick Humphreys each received a packet of documents that detail the relationship of ICLEI to the United Nations Agenda 21.
Included in this portfolio were excerpts of the ICLEI Charter.
As an ICLEI partner, Town of Abingdon explicitly accepts their Charter:
Charter 1.2 – Relationship to Founder Patrons
The Association shall maintain its formal institutional relationships with its founder patrons, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union of Local Authorities
Charter 1.6 Representation Mandate
ICLEI shall serve as an international representative for its members and campaign participants by providing advocacy before national and international governments
ICLEI Charter 1.7 The Association shall promote, and ask its individual members to adopt, the Earth Charter Principles
From the FOIA request, copies of all the correspondence and communication with the group ICLEI and its group of carefully chosen stakeholders, namely the Abingdon Go Green Committee were released. From this ream of 1000-plus pages and about $600 in “copying/labor” fees later, the relationship with ICLEI became clear. The Go Green Committee, as we learned, is made up of some two dozen or so members, about half of whom are department heads for the Town of Abingdon, (including Jackson and Worley) as well as Mayor Morgan. With Kelly and Cowart acting as the primary liaisons to ICLEI, it would beg the question: How much prior knowledge do they have about ICLEI? Under the guise of “Sustainable Development”, and based on the frequent communication regularly exchanged with ICLEI, are they accepting of the principles of AGENDA 21? Is the Abingdon Go Green Committee complicit with these ideals?
By bringing this to the attention of the Town Council, this question must be raised.
Our mission is not to demonize anyone, but rather to shout from the rooftops all that is
wrong with this arrangement which threatens everything that is intrinsic to the purely and
proudly American ideal of property rights and personal liberty, as set forth in the
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
What is “Local Agenda 21″?.
Local Agenda 21 is the mandate
to local governments to translate
the United Nations Action Plan
for the 21st century (Agenda 21)
to the local level.
So how did Local Agenda 21 come about?
*In 1987, the Brundtland Commission produced a report entitled Our Common Future. Five years later, in 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) brought 179 heads of governments together in Rio de Janeiro. It focused world attention on critical issues of sustainability and natural resources, and mapped out a plan of action for future global partnership to achieve concrete goals.
Agenda 21 was one of five documents produced:
- the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
- a statement of principles to guide sustainable management of forests
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- The Convention on Biological Diversity
- Agenda 21
*The Brundtland Commission, it should be noted, was chaired by Gro Harland Brundtland, Vice Chair of the World Socialist Party. “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrial nations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” — Brundtland Commission member, Maurice Strong (Chairman, 1992 Earth Summit)
Our programs, and projects promote participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that address local
sustainability while protecting global common goods. This approach links local action to internationally agreed-upon
goals and targets such as: Agenda 21
And finally, we point out the recurring theme of “common goods” and “injustice” found in the ICLEI Declaration of Commitment “Social justice”, a term made famous by Karl Marx, interchangeable with “social equity” and the “common good” are tantamount to wealth redistribution, the prime mover that increasingly grows obvious as the core of the sustainable movement and its vanguard, ICLEI.
As the first order of business,
ICLEI conveniently provided the Town of Abingdon their trademark Clean Air and Climate Protection (CACP) software to do a baseline analysis of Town CO2 production, on the built-in, self fulfilling assumption that manmade CO2 levels are the primary drivers of climate. It is seemingly of no consequence that there lacks scientific proof of this. It is in fact the same fallacy perpetuated by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
To illustrate this point, the Climate Depot summary of the 321-page report was provided to the Council, one that updates the 2007 US Senate Report from 400 dissenting scientists and climate researchers to what is now 1000 dissenters. This number is 20 times that of UN scientists who authored the media-hyped 2007 “Summary for Policymakers”.
Climate science, like every other science, is not “settled.” CO2 continues to rise even as the Earth is in a 10-to-20 year cooling trend which began in 1998. It may be recalled that the climate panic of the 1970’s was Global Cooling! The computer generated climate scare stories of Al Gore, Michael Mann, and NASA’s James Hansen in 1988 have not occurred. Further, there is absolutely zero quantifiable evidence that the Town’s goal of 30% carbon reduction would have any impact on climate whatsoever.
Even though mainstream media largely ignored CLIMATEGATE,
the same can’t be said for alternative media heroes, PJTV:
On November 19, 2009, climate science was severely shaken by the release of a collection of email messages, together with a collection of data and data processing programs, that were hacked or revealed by a whistle blower from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU), one of the key centers of global warming research. These emails and text files have been the subject of intense debate, calling to question assumptions on anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. They are offered here by PJTV/Pajamas Media in conjunction with the Competitive Enterprise Institute/Globalwarming.org for the purpose of education and comment. (http://www.climate-gate.org/)
We must pose the question to the Town Council, the Town Manager and to the Town Grants
and Economic Development Director:
—Why is this huge expense of effort and taxpayer dollars being imposed? How much
taxpayer money has been spent over 2 ½ years of meetings, training sessions,
seminars and exhaustive carbon inventorying of everything from leaf blowers to police
cars to employee commute records involving every department of Town
Government? Has anyone produced a proven cost / benefit analysis of these proposed
Going green seems innocuous enough at first; as another ICLEI partner organization, the Virginia Municipal League is
a prime mover.
But when you take a closer look at their Virginia GO GREEN Challenge—the Town of Abingdon tied for 3rd place in
2009—it is simply astounding that although the Kyoto Treaty was never signed by George W. Bush, it is nevertheless
being implemented through the back door. And of course, the more palatable term adopted by ICLEI of “Smart Growth”
has mushroomed under the last three administrations. Federal, state and local programs are burgeoning with it. And it’s
no coincidence that the areas where it has been around the longest are areas with the most odious zoning restrictions
and foreclosure rates. In Oakland CA, where new “sustainable” regulations become law, the average cost to ‘’green” a
home to change out windows, appliances and roofing before it may be sold is $35,000. Once
ICLEI and their minions get into county government and control of the Comprehensive Plan, they codify their self-
determined energy and land rationing quotas and levels of imposed sacrifice. Call
it social justice.
The VML also promotes the “Go Green Challenge” in the K-12 school system. It is a sickeningly rich irony
that our country has historically rejected straight-up Marxism, but when it is cleverly repackaged and cloaked in political
correctness as ‘sustainability’, our children are haplessly indoctrinated. The three-legged stool in the VA grades 9-12
Sustainable Communities lesson plan is right out of the Karl Marx / ICLEI handbook.
Our coalition of concerned citizens have engaged in a thorough analysis of Agenda 21 and the supporting role that ICLEI
plays. We’ve spoken with Dr. Martin Mangino, the president of Central Virginia’s Science & Engineers for Energy and
Environment. We spent the day consulting with the preeminent authority on the East Coast, the American Policy Center’s
Tom Deweese, who has been exposing the scam of sustainable development for 15 years—his phone is now ringing off
Two months ago, Town Council members and members of the Town Planning Commission each received copies of the DVD featuring Virginia Campaign for Liberty’s Donna Holt on The History of Sustainable Development: Connecting the Dots.
We have attempted to share with the Town Council the history of the United Nations social engineering objective of wealth redistribution, beginning with their 1974 adoption of the “New International Economic Order” to the 1976 Conference on Human Settlements, with the Preamble that famously equates private land ownership with social injustice:
“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset,
controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.
Private land ownership is also the principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, and
contributes to social injustice…”
Under the umbrella term “sustainability,” panels of experts and commissions are dedicated to engineering their enlightened visions of what “must” be done in the areas of land use, energy use, population distribution, and transportation choices. Freedom of individual choice and property rights are seen as irritating impediments. The end game is social engineering and wealth redistribution, plain and simple. Freedom of individual choice and property rights are seen as irritating impediments. The term “sustainability” means whatever the NGO’s and unelected stakeholder groups choose it to mean. The sustainability mantra is a ruse to gain more bureaucratic control over the population. (See the Albermarle BOS “Defund ICLEI” Presentation by Charles Battig, MS, MD)
We do not have any scientific proof that we are the cause of the global warming that has occurred in the last
200 years…The alarmism is driving us through scare tactics to adopt energy policies that are going to create a
huge amount of energy poverty among the poor people.
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, who said in a FOX Business News interview that ‘the environmental movement has been hijacked by eco-terrorists.’
The Council has also received a copy of the Carroll County MD Times article that details why their Board of Supervisors severed ties with ICLEI. They’ve received copies the cover story from The New American Magazine, “Your Hometown and the United Nations Agenda 21”, recounting horror stories of the impact that these policies have had on industries that are “fleeing California at breakneck speed”.
The Council has been provided information on the Wildlands Project, proving that it is indeed possible to consume the elephant one bite at a time, as great expanses of the US are brought under federal control, off limits to human beings. If it sounds like science fiction, we only wish it were so.
Whether or not Agenda 21 causes Mr. Jackson or any of the rest of his Abingdon Go Green Committee colleagues to lose sleep, the constitutional caution that Rich Macbeth explained before the Town Council is no laughing matter; to the extent that the Town is partnered with ICLEI, each council member stands in violation of their oath of office by implementing foreign policies that are clearly inconsistent with the Constitution of Virginia and of the US Constitution.
Article 1 §10 of the Constitution of the United States of America states:
“NO STATE shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance,
or Confederation…” As a political subdivision of the state, each and every member of our local government who swears
an oath to our Constitution is bound by the same prohibition. Mr. Macbeth went
on to cite several court cases which uphold this precedent.
Under Sustainable Development there can be no concern over individual rights, wants, or needs – as we must all sacrifice for the sake of the environment. The UN’s Commission on Global Governance said in its 1998 report:
“Human activity…combined with unprecedented increases in human numbers…are impinging on the planet’s basic life
support system. Action must be taken now to control the human activities that produce these risks.”
And from Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI):
“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”
Defunding ICLEI and terminating the membership of the Town in that organization does not have to mean that
Abingdon is abandoning its interest in true conservation principles. It means that The Town of Abingdon recognizes
and respects freedom of choice and that individual rights will be preserved in an open regulatory process. The kind that
our Constitution guarantees.