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I owe Tom White a huge thanks (maybe an Olive Garden lunch) for his ICLEI census article.  I did not have time to research all that.  It is great!

Here is more info that I do not have time to research from this blog:

This is what can go wrong with a local government in the hands of liberals with access to the ICLEI toolkit since 1991 such as Portland has had.  This is why it is so momentous that Clackamas County will be backing out of ICLEI. Clackamas County is the only county in Oregon with ICLEI membership.  Other cities in Oregon with ICLEI membership include Beaverton, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Corvallis Lincoln City, Eugene and Ashland.  Cities in the area that have lapsed their ICLEI membership already include Bend, Vancouver and Washougal.

So, how unusual is it for a local government to dump their ICLEI membership?  It is not as uncommon as you might think.  The annual reports for 2007 through 2010 and the current list on the ICLEI website show 818 different cities, towns, villages and counties (not counting regional planning committees) and yet the current list on the website appears to have 525 ICLEI USA members. So there is a lot of possibilities for persistent diligent citizens to urge their local governments to withdraw.  Some of the larger cities that have dumped ICLEI include Anchorage Alaska; Los Angeles, California; Indianapolis Indiana; Buffalo New York; Toledo, Ohio; Tampa Florida; Boise Idaho; Ventura, California; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Providence Rhode Island, Nashville, Tennessee; Texarkana, Texas. For some of these, the county in which the city is located may already be a member of ICLEI. The little state of Massachusetts still has 29 ICLEI local governments with another 25 that have let their membership lapse.  The large state of California has 39 ICLEI local governments with another 93 that have let their membership lapse. A handful of states have no current ICLEI local governments according to the member list: Rhode Island, Mississippi, and Wyoming.

Boy that sounds good!  Boise Idaho?  Texarkana, TX?  California has lost more than 90 ICLEI cities while only retaining 39?  That’s the most promising news in re the Golden State in years!

Keep the good news coming!  Starve the ICLEI beast!  We might not be able (yet) to get the US OUT of the UN and the UN OUT of the UN, but we can get ICLEI out of the US and the US OUT of ICLEI!

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)


  1. Dave says:

    This is all encouraging, but I wouldn’t get too comfortable. The forces of ICLEI, “sustainable development” and “climate change” are not giving up any time soon, and ICLEI is as active as ever. In my own home town many Agenda 21 type structures keep going up and redevelopment zones seem to keep expanding. Even many locales not officially in ICLEI are still implementing this crap. You need to keep up the work of educating the public as to what this crap is all really about.

  2. Hi Sandy,
    The lists on the ICLEI website are out of date. I discuss this on my website
    In Wyoming, for example, the city of Jackson, and the county of Teton are members.
    ICLEI is hiding its current membership list. According to a snapshot I took of their new site during the Rio+20 Summit, ICLEI has over 7,800 members worldwide, and over 1,300 are in the US.
    Even after cities drop their memberships they continue to use the software and sample ordinances that they purchased from ICLEI.
    We have to purge our local governments and stay vigilant.
    Rosa Koire

  3. Susan Weir says:

    Anchorage is doing this. How can I put a stop to it. It’s also infected the Mat Su borough which is bigger than some lower 48 states. Homer is still in. Palmer and Wasilla ( my home) too.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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