“We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.” ~ Henry Waxman on Environmentalism
It’s an emergency!!! Long Island’s Carbon footprint is huge and the government is here to help! Now that ICLEI has taken Long Island’s carbon footprint, they are ready to force their agenda on us, like it or not, and they will do it through the smallest government entities before we even know what happened or if it was even necessary.
Agenda 21/ICLEI is a UN initiative intended to establish international environmental standards. The UN is Marxist and does not believe in ownership of private property. Much of what they do through these environmental initiatives leads to the loss of private homes and lands.
If the U.S. puts their own definition to it, that is one thing, but that is not always the case. ICLEI is taking the country by storm, one town at a time. Click here for a quick introduction to Agenda 21 & ICLEI
This video is a bit long but well worth listening to. Agenda 21 is an upcoming problem here on Long Island and throughout the country. The UN’s ICLEI is taking over city councils across America – take a look at this video to see what is happening in Colorado.
ICLEI is here, big time, on Long Island. They are being supported by The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and NYIT, just to name two of the institutions pushing the agenda. ICLEI has bipartisan support. Our carbon footprint has been taken. Apparently, we have a terribly unacceptable footprint.
So you know who the targets of LI’s ICLEI, check their findings: ICLEI found that Long Island released 38,290,752 metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2005. Long Island’s 997,000 homes were the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, representing 39% (14,506,746 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or CO2e) of the Island’s total emissions. The residential sector was followed by transportation (31% of total emissions) and the commercial/industrial sector (26%) as the largest emitting sectors on the Island. The waste, wastewater, marine boats, streetlights and agriculture sectors when combined accounted for the remaining 4%.
Local governments have begun to change building and commerce on LI, at great expense, to reduce our footprint. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be environmentally conscious. What I’m saying is we had better not allow the UN version to take us over.
Bike paths are part of the initiative – the UN doesn’t like the USA having so many cars. Costly bike paths are sprouting up. I’m not against bike paths, I support them., but they are not cheap and LI’s jobs are disappearing. Can we afford them right now? One such path from Stony Brook to Port Jefferson is great, I like it, but it cost over $5 million.
One law LI ICLEI hopes to pass will affect home resales. At this time, builders are required to meet ICLEI energy efficiency requirements, some of which are questionable, but ICLEI plans to move this effort into the residential sector. That’s what smart meters are about. Eventually, each home will have a recorded carbon footprint and people might not be able to sell their homes until they have the required footprint. At least that is the goal I heard at one ICLEI meeting.
I have gone to sustainability meetings with the ICLEIs and they vocalize their desire to make their entire agenda mandatory but they are biding their time to see if the voluntary programs work first – it would be less complicated that way. They want control of your toilets, the shower heads, the refrigerator lights, in fact all your lights, your weatherstripping, your TV’s and so on.
Another thing they are looking at is vacancies in residences. They don’t like that. They want to pack ’em and stack ’em.
They are also taking land via Eminent Domain, claiming the property is “blighted” and then turning it over to developers of their choosing. Without a clear definition of what “blight” is, land and buildings are being taken even though they do not appear blighted.
Another agenda item is to convert the land to mixed use zoning. Sometimes mixed use zoning requires that after a specified time period, the mixed use land passes to government ownership. If you are active in your town, village, city, check what you are signing beforehand. Under the guise of clean energy, sustainability and smart growth, you could be giving up citizens’ sacred right to private property.
Another issue is the open spaces programs. Why do we need all these open spaces? They are actually lands and beaches owned by the government, which we often can’t use for recreation or even traverse. The government wants far more land and beaches as part of this initiative. Take a look: the Rauch Foundation wants more open spaces
Beware the green homes financing programs. The money the government loans comes with liens and puts the tax payers on the hook too.
Long Island Green Homes program under Babylon Bellone –
The program works when a homeowner contacts the Town indicating that they are interested in a home energy audit. The resident is then asked to fill out a home inventory form that denotes some basic energy use information about the home. From here, the Town sends a town-licensed Building Performance Institute Accredited, energy auditor to the home to conduct a home performance evaluation. The resident receives a detailed report explaining the findings from the home performance evaluation along with a list of measures and their associated cost that the homeowner could undertake to increase their home efficiency. The homeowner decides which measures to pursue, signs a contract with the Town and receives financing through a benefit assessment charge that is tied to the homeowner’s property. Residents pay off the benefit assessment via monthly payments that are determined based on the projected energy savings they will achieve from the retrofits. Projected energy savings are estimated by Home Check (a software program used by the Long Island Power Authority). Homeowners that qualify can receive up to $12,000 worth of energy-efficient work.
If residents are delinquent in paying their monthly bill, the benefit assessment is transferred to the homeowner’s property tax bill. The interest rate for the program is 3 percent, which covers administrative costs. The contractors that undertake the work are paid directly by the Town of Babylon out of the Town’s revolving fund monies.
The Town has found this financing mechanism to be significantly more attractive to private investors than on-bill utility financing because of the security from attaching the lien on the property.
The town gets to pay with taxpayer money and the homeowner still owes the money with a lien via their tax bill.
The ICLEIs are planning to control what you do with the trees on your own property.
The greens demand that we change our entire economy and standard of living for a science that is incomplete and they want us to do it quickly.
Word has it that the Republican National Committee will denounce Agenda 21.
The RNC has not yet made an official statement or released the resolution, but the following draft copy is circulating around the Internet –
RNC Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992; and,
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and,
WHEREAS, this United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms; all as destructive to the environment; and,
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment which would be accomplished by socialist/communist redistribution of wealth; and,
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy National sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; now therefore be
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan; and therefore be it further
RESOLVED , that the U.S. government and no state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been endorsed by the (U.S.) Senate, and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that the federal and state and local governments across the country be well informed of the underlying harmful implications of implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 destructive strategies for “sustainable development” and we hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejection of any grant monies attached to it, and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of the Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, all Republican candidates for President who qualify for RNC sanctioned debates, and to each Republican state and territorial party office and recommend for adoption into the Republican Party Platform at the 2012 Convention.