While bills banning ICLEI have been introduced in several states, the best effort was quietly done in Arizona. The Senate and a House committee have voted to prevent the state and all its political subdivisions from implementing the Rio Declaration (That’s where Agenda 21 comes from!) and it bans ICLEI in Arizona! It passed the house committee by a unanimous vote, according to the Arizona Republic. There’s more:
The bill would bar the state and Arizona counties and cities “from adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.”
Under the provisions of Burges’ bill, the state, counties and cities could not accept funds from, spend funds from or give funds to “certain non-governmental organizations,” including non-profit groups and contractors, for any of the declaration’s initiatives.
The Arizona Republic’s reporting is, to put it mildly, shrill:
Arizona “tea party” members are pushing through legislation to quash government-funded efforts to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency in cities, counties and the state.
Opponents of Senate Bill 1507, sponsored by Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, say the bill would shut down any government-led environmental initiative, such as Energize Phoenix, a $25 million, stimulus-funded project to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses along the light-rail corridors in central Phoenix.
Similar bills opposed to the 1992 U.N. declaration and its guiding principles — to protect the Earth, all living things on it and to eradicate poverty — have been proposed by legislators in at least three other states: Kansas, New Hampshire and Tennessee.
The Democrat House member sounded ignorant at first:
“This is the most ludicrous bill I’ve ever seen in six years in the Legislature,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said.
But then he showed wisdom:
With this legislation, “you could pretty much shut down any form of government sustainability” efforts, he added.
Rep. Campbell, that is EXACTLY the POINT! We want to stop forced “sustainability” that is not necessary to meet legitimate environmental needs. Liberty and sovereignty is inconsistent with Agenda 21. And ICLEI implements Agenda 21, in spite of comments like this:
ICLEI spokesman Don Knapp said the group offers software and expert guidance to help its member cities, including Phoenix, implement green programs.
However, the organization cannot unilaterally implement programs.
“We are not an organization that has any authority,” Knapp said.
I am hoping and will monitor this bill for it has great effect and may be challenged in court and we’ll perhaps find out if ICLEI membership is unconstitutional. See this:
Tucson officials have issued a position statement to respond to bills that it considers “pre-emptive” to local authority and programs.
“I don’t believe that the state can dictate to a charter city who they can contract with,” said Chinwe Mary Okoye, a lobbyist for the city.
I await that challenge. Kick ICLEI and Agenda 21 OUT of USA!
Here‘s the text:
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
2 Section 1. Rio declaration on environment and development;
3 prohibition; definition
4 A. The state of Arizona and all political subdivisions of this state
5 shall not adopt or implement the creed, doctrine, principles or any tenet of
6 the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the
7 Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development adopted at the United
8 Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro,
9 Brazil in June, 1992 or any other international law that contravenes the
10 United States Constitution or the Constitution of Arizona.
11 B. Since the United Nations has enlisted the support of numerous
12 independent, non-governmental organizations to implement this agenda around
13 the world, the state of Arizona and all political subdivisions are prohibited
14 from implementing programs of, expending any sum of money for, being a member
15 of, receiving funding from, contracting services from, or giving financial or
16 other forms of aid to the International Council for Local Environmental
17 Initiatives or any of its related or affiliated organizations including
18 Countdown 2010, Local Action for Biodiversity, European Center for Nature
19 Conservation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the
20 President’s Council on Sustainable Development, enacted on July 19, 1993 by
21 Executive Order 12852.
22 C. For the purposes of this section, “political subdivision” includes
23 this state, or a county, city or town in this state, or a public partnership
24 or any other public entity in this state.