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.
The Commissioners got the message. One of them, Doug Howard, was quoted as saying that ICLEI was calling for anti-free market methods to sustain the environment (you don’t say? An UN-blessed organization being anti- free market? Imagine that!) Commissioner Richard Rothschild agreed and said that ICLEI’s ideas were a marriage of “environmentalism and socialism”. I think you got it, Commissioners Howard and Rothschild!
“I care about our environment,” Rothschild said. “But I believe the last great hope to save our environment rests in capitalism and not big government.
“Capitalism breeds the kind of creativity and ingenuity which leads to cost-effective solutions,” he said.
Can we borrow Commissioner Rothschild for a year of two? He’s right.
The county saved between $1600 and $1800 yearly by leaving ICLEI. They also abolished a Sustainability Coordinator and a local Sustainability Committee. DOUBLE RAH! The report did not state that cost to taxpayers. My only regret is that the commissioners did not agree with my thesis that ICLEI is an illegal, unconstitutional foreign policy by local governments. My question is: Who is the unsung hero here? Some Tea Party or patriot activist may have privately suggested it to his or her commissioner and it went from there.
You can be the unsung hero in your community! Here’s the website for the commissioners if anyone wants to thank them for their patriotic and money-saving act. May it spread throughout the Commonwealth and nation!