Maryland County Abolishes Sustainable Development Office

Carroll County, Maryland elected five new County Commissioners in November. These brave souls voted unanimously to get rid of all traces of the "Sustainability" agenda in the county. They abolished their "Sustainability" office and dropped out of ICLEI (the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), the first county to do so.

This may not sound like much but is in fact, huge. The ICLEI has been busy training local governments in implementing the UN's Agenda 21. If you recall, this was the key product of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro "Earth Summit," where Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, set the tone with the following memorable quotes:

"It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class, involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and workplace air conditioning, and suburban housing, are not sustainable.

"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring about?

Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild campaigned on this issue, framing it as the threat to private property rights that it is. He has become something of an expert on the subject. Listen to his radio discussion of the topic here. Why aren't more politicians this knowledgeable?

Rich is fully aware of the threats posed by Agenda 21. In a nutshell, they are:

  • Abolition of private property rights
  • Massive redistribution of income, wealth, property and even populations
  • Shifting rural voting from right to left

The first two bullet points are emphasized throughout Agenda 21 "sustainable development" documents. They are not hiding anything. The last point however-the subterranean effort to dilute the conservative vote, is one that many analysts have missed. I have written a three part series on Agenda 21, here, here and here. Part III deals extensively with this issue. Read it if you can.

Agenda 21 and sustainable development are issues custom-tailored to tea party activism. Implementation is occurring at the state and local level where tea partiers have the most leverage with elected officials. States and localities have signed unconstitutional agreements with ICLEI, agreements that have a corrupting effect on government from bottom to top, and will entrench socialism within planning and zoning mandates. This must be stopped.
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