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TEXARKANA, TX IS PERHAPS NEXT SITE IN THE ANTI-ICLEI DRIVE!

I am reading this blog from the Bowie County Patriots tonight – next Monday, March 28 there will be a meeting to ask the city leaders to get out of ICLEI!  Let’s have a big turnout!  Here’s a few highlights:

We are encouraging Patriots to speak to the Council and encourage them to drop the city’s membership to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives also known as ICLEI.  According to ICLEI’s web site, Texarkana, Texas joined the organization in 2010.  According to Councilman Bob Bruggeman  the city of Texarkana saved $8,000 by using grant money to join ICLEI.  Council Bruggeman says he believes both energy efficiency and saving tax payer dollars are important.  David Orr, the City’s Sustainability and Quality Assurance Coordinator, says the city’s staff uses software provided by ICLEI in order to reduce energy costs, create clean energy jobs, enhance public health, improve transportation systems, and other projects.  Mr. Orr went on to explain that Texarkana’s membership to ICLEI is funded by grant money and “not funded by local taxpayer funds”.

The reason we are encouraging Patriots to ask the city withdraw its membership to ICLEI is because of the city now being subject to the ICLEI Charter.

It is interesting that the city contends they have saved money by joining ICLEI but they also have a Sustainability and Quality Assurance Coordinator.  They also contend they have not spent taxpayers’ money due to “grants” paying the ICLEI dues.  A good question is:  What is the budget of the Sustainability and Quality Assurance Coordinator?  Another is where does the “grants” come from?  Make sure you have good anti-ICLEI flyers (contact me before Sunday and I have some stuff for you!)

Let’s get another city out of ICLEI!  Keep the momentum coming!

 

 

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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