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The anti-ICLEI movement is gaining momentum as the Tennessee House will consider this coming week the anti-Agenda 21 resolution I discussed recently.  From the Tennessean:

A resolution in the state legislature opposes what is depicted as an insidious United Nations scheme to take away citizens’ property rights through radical environmentalism.

The legislation, which refers to “Agenda 21,” is pending as planners and property rights advocates spar over a series of bills related to how development should be regulated.

Several, including a bill about Agenda 21, are on the noon agenda today of the House State and Local Government subcommittee at Legislative Plaza. The separate House Joint Resolution 0587, which passed the full committee Tuesday, is expected to go to the House for a vote as early as next week.

I cannot yet determine the status of the anti-ICLEI bill in the TN House; it is not clear as of tonight its status.  This wonderful legislator[Rick Womack of Rutherford County]  has another bill to ban “smart growth” plans, too:

Womick is also a sponsor of House Bill 3571, which is among bills to be heard at noon, that would ban any local governments or other entities from taking part in any programs with ICLEI or a few other groups.

Another he proposed, House Bill 3572, which is on the agenda today of the Judiciary subcommittee, says property rights means not having to follow any “smart growth” plans, including accommodating greenways or bike lanes.

These legislators are the heroes in the Volunteer State:

Sponsors of the resolution in addition to Womick, all Republicans, are Kevin Brooks of Cleveland, Jeremy Faison of Cosby, Joe Carr of Lascassas, Richard L. Floyd of Chattanooga, Don Miller of Morristown, Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, Barrett Rich of Hickory Withe, Terri Lynn Weaver of Lancaster, Matthew Hill of Jonesborough, Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, Ron Lollar of Bartlett, Phillip Johnson of Pegram, Curtis Halford of Dyer, Jim Gotto of Hermitage, Judd Matheny of Tullahoma, Scotty Campbell of Mountain City, Joshua Evans of Greenbrier, Glen Casada of College Grove, Mike Sparks of Smyrna, Sheila Butt of Columbia, Vince Dean of East Ridge, Joey Hensley of Hohenwald, Mike Harrison of Rogersville, Ryan Williams of Cookeville and Jimmy Matlock of Lenoir City.

BUT, the usual suspects are beginning to come out FOR Agenda 21 and ICLEI:

Trip Pollard with the Southern Environmental Law Center said conspiracy talk has popped up around the South in connection with efforts to plan for the future, including when programs are proposed to promote energy efficiency.

“I’ve been called a U.N. tool and part of a communist plot,” he said.

“Sustainability is not a plot. It is a good thing. It means we will try to use our resources and develop more wisely so we can pass healthy air and water on to future generations.”


Agenda 21 is entirely voluntary and innocuous,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “It’s not legally binding. They’re ginning up fears all around the country based on a conspiracy theory that holds no water whatsoever.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which goes far afield of either Southern issues or poverty law, has decided that there is nothing to Agenda 21 or ICLEI.  They can be safely ignored on this issue.  I am willing to debate this issue anywhere in the US provided my expenses are paid in advance and I can clear it with work.  They are simply wrong.

BUT there is potentially EXCITING news – Nashville, TN might be OUT OF ICLEI!

According to Bonna Johnson, spokeswoman for Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville, like many other cities has been a member of the group that provides technical assistance and standardized software for greenhouse gas inventory tracking.

“Our two years as ICLEI members was a positive experience, but we have finished that tracking project, and last year we discontinued the city’s membership in the ICLEI,” she said.  (emphasis added)

I have sent the mayor’s office an email to see about it.  Nashville had just over 600,000 residents in the latest census.  Six hundred thousand more people reportedly freed from an unconstitutional association and part of a Fifth Column.  We’ll see…


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)

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