Skip to comments.Commissioners sever ties with environmental group (ICLEI gets the boot)
Posted on 01/24/2011 9:35:59 PM PST by wheresmyusa
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners has made it clear it believes there is a distinction between "sustainability" and "environmentalism."
On Jan. 12, the new, five-member board unanimously voted to terminate its membership with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an organization that provides technical consulting, training and information services to support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level.
Board President Doug Howard, R-District 5, said the definition of sustainability has changed over time to no longer just focus on protecting and preserving the environment, which is now environmentalism. Sustainability, Howard said, now includes broad, over-reaching restrictions on local governments that impact the free marketplace.
Making that distinction between the two is an important goal of the commissioners, Howard said.
"We have got to be very careful about making good, solid arguments about what we're trying to do and how we're trying to do it," Howard said. "My concern is that when you try to make these points, you're getting close to the level of terminology that unnerves people or turns them off."
Commissioner Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, said the organization advocates a form of environmentalism that intersects environmentalism and socialism. The organization, he said, seeks to inject government into all forms of people's lives including land use, farming, transportation, home construction and food production.
Doctrine held by the organization states that land should not be viewed as a resource for private property owners, but rather the land needs to be controlled by the government and other stake holders for the greater good, Rothschild said. Since that doctrine is not shared by the board, Rothschild said commissioners believed they should terminate their membership with the organization.
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This is just absolutely inspiring news. Every time an ICLEI defeat is registered I am sending it far and wide. Thanks for the ping!!!
This action needs to be repeated in every local government in America. The eco-fascists must be driven into the tar pits.
So long, Agenda 21...
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