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ANOTHER VICTORY! LANE COUNTY OREGON ELECTS NOT TO JOIN ICLEI!

Thanks to the anti-ICLEI FB page and patriot Rob Sowdon, ICLEI was beaten back in Lane County, Oregon!

I know the minutes of an official meeting are rather dull.  (We go back to December 1, 2010.)  But several observations:

ICLEI apologists tend to say, it’s no big deal to join.  No obligations.  But this report from the Budget Specialist is telling:

Judy Williams, Budget Specialist, reported that she did research in trying to go forward with the $2,250 dues.  She stated there was more involved than just giving a check to ICLEI.  She indicated that they have to identify key staff liaisons, elected officials, media and staff liaisons.  She said the second piece of joining ICLEI is to pass a resolution within six months, stating the County will go forward and prioritizing climate mitigation as one of their goals and how they will go forward with climate mitigation policies.  She stated they would also have to work on a set of milestones. She asked for direction. She reported the city of Eugene has joined ICLEI and they have done the Community Climate Action Plan that has cost $100,000 plus $20,000 they paid to a consultant to help them carry this forward.  She added city of Eugene has set aside another $200,000 to make this plan happen.  She stated there are additional costs in addition to the dues.

The first thing to do after ICLEI is joined they must set up a bureaucracy (“identify key staff liaisons, elected officials, media and staff liaisons”), make a commitment to fight for so-called climate change (“pass a resolution within six months, stating the County will go forward and prioritizing climate mitigation as one of their goals and how they will go forward with climate mitigation policies”) AND “work on a set of milestones.”  Milestones to do what?  Accomplish the goals of sustainability – carbon and energy usage restrictions for example.  This sounds like a mandate for major change.

The Budget Specialist (who sounds like a wonderful, honest public servant) also admitted there are hidden costs to ICLEI membership!  (“She reported the city of Eugene has joined ICLEI and they have done the Community Climate Action Plan that has cost $100,000 plus $20,000 they paid to a consultant to help them carry this forward.  She added city of Eugene has set aside another $200,000 to make this plan happen.  She stated there are additional costs in addition to the dues.”)

Earlier, patriot Robert Sowdon spoke to the County Council:

Robert Sowdon, Cottage Grove, said the city of Eugene’s climate action plan through ICLEI cost $100,000 just to do the plan and there was another $200,000 set aside to implement the plan.  He didn’t believe in the climate process part.  He was against a stormwater fee.

Exactly what the Budget Specialist reported!  Here’s how the council came down.  Commissioner Dwyer said don’t spend money on what you cannot control.  But his colleague said this:

Handy commented that climate change and sustainability are intricate parts of their economy moving forward. He wasn’t interested in additional costs and he didn’t see where they would have additional costs with the proposal before them.

Pursue an agenda no matter what!  Someone ought to run against this guy.  The other three commissioners lined up like this:  Stewart was leery of long-term, unclear commitments; Fleenor said they could support climate change without joining ICLEI and Commissioner Sorenson admitted there were commitments but climate change is the issue.  He votes yes.

Ultimately, the vote to join ICLEI was defeated 3-2!  VICTORY!  I’ll leave you with this comment from Commissioner Handy:

Handy said they are bound to appointing a commissioner liaison, a media contact and having someone in the organization identified as a contact.  He said it is a long term frame work with no requirements for timelines or implementation.  He said there is benefit for the community to begin now.

There is no free lunch with ICLEI; you are making a Faustian deal that commits your community into a unconstitutional organization with agendas that will cost your taxpayers money and their freedom, too.  Get out of ICLEI today!

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

4 Responses to “ANOTHER VICTORY! LANE COUNTY OREGON ELECTS NOT TO JOIN ICLEI!”

  1. Tom White says:

    They are falling like dominoes. “Sunlight” Sandy is on the job!

    Good work!

  2. Tom is more than kind! I am just the reporter and encourager to some extent.

    Sandy

  3. Rob DeHarpport says:

    That was a great moment in Lane County History- Kudos to my Patriot friend Bob Sowdon and all of the 912ers who would not allow this!

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