From Harford Campaign for Liberty:
The false priorities and politically tainted science of Plan Maryland, Agenda 21, and ICLEI have been a rallying cry for Harford Campaign for Liberty and likeminded groups throughout the state. Those unfamiliar with the topic can get up to speed at http://americanpolicy.org/agenda21/ or refer to the 3/18/2013 Dagger posting by Campaign for Liberty.
In 2010, Mr. Rothschild, the Constitutionally minded commissioner in Carroll County made national news by steering his constituents clear of the misguided influence of ICLEI. Hoping to replicate his success, Harford Campaign for Liberty has diligently pursued a program of education and activism targeting the group. A series of post card campaigns requesting the county executive remove Harford from ICLEI led to a Republican Central Committee (HCRCC) resolution that mirrored the RNC and MD GOP condemnation of Agenda 21 and ICLEI. HCRCC then hosted an informational forum led by Mr. Rothschild for Mr. Craig and his aides. We’re happy to report that as of June 1, 2013, Harford County joins the growing ranks of those that have rejected ICLEI. This is a good first step toward restoring sanity to our environmental policies.
We commend Mr. Craig’s decision and urge careful scrutiny of policies and mandates that claim to protect natural resources but violate property rights and confiscate the fruits of our labor. Toward that end, we recommend that the County Executive and the County Council consider the role that the Clean Chesapeake Coalition can play in shepherding the county through the myriad demands of the EPA and the MDE.
Over 100 concerned Harford Countians recently attended a presentation by Mr. Chip MacLeod of the coalition. They were joined by a handful of elected officials including Glen Glass, Pat McDonough and Susan McComas. Mr. Jonathan White attended on behalf of Chad Shrodes. Sadly, none of the appointed Rain Tax Task Force was on hand despite early notifications and invitations through the council and executive branch.
Their presence would have conveyed a genuine interest in pursuing forward thinking solutions. They also would have benefited from information regarding the lopsided bang for the buck proposals regarding Chesapeake Bay restoration. They would have learned about the poorly supported science behind some clean up measures as well as the time sensitive nature of reasonable alternatives currently being proposed.
But all is not lost. If the Task Force, the County Executive and the County Council are interested in fiscally sound solutions that target real rather than mythical problems, the Clean Chesapeake Coalition is a phone call away. We urge our county leadership to begin a dialogue with the coalition and consider a partnership that would benefit nature and man.
So, thank you Mr. Craig for your decision regarding ICLEI. Thank you, delegates Glass, McDonough, and McComas for investing an evening of your time on behalf of your constituents. Thank you Mr. Shrodes and Mr. White for representing local government. We watch and wait for your next actions and the deliberations of the Rain Tax Task Force.
Joe Fleckenstein says
First of all, kudos to Harford Campaign for Liberty, for taking the lead on an issue that many people still haven’t awaken to. This fake environmentalism of Agenda 21, O’Malley’s Plan Maryland, & ICLEI must be exposed to the light of day. The Harford Republican Central Committee also did the correct thing in condemning Agenda 21 & ICLEI. Delegates Glass, McDonough & McComas have expressed an interest in this issue, as written, and will hopefully educate their colleagues and constituents further. We need all of our elected officials to recognize that our towns and counties should be left alone; we don’t need the Left to tell us where and how to live our lives.
Bill H says
I am so glad Mr Craig has rejected ICLEI and their mission of sustainable development in Harford county. Being a builder I won’t be happy till I can get rid of all the farms and have the whole county covered in houses. Just think of the tax revenues and how much money the schools will have. Thanks Mr Craig capitalism rocks!
Hey Mr Craig I have some zoning issues I need changed how about helping a brother out.
Hats off to Harford Campaign for Liberty ! You put Anne Arundel county to shame. O’Malley’s lip is probably dragging the ground at this punch in the stomach for his SICK SICK ‘Plan (to DESTROY) Maryland. Hope he trips over his lip.
Sharon Beam says
Thank you Campaign for Liberty committee members for all the hard work and research to expose the dangers of ICLEI (International Council for Environmental Initiatives) in our society .
County Executive Craig has taken a step in the right direction by not renewing the Harford Co. ICLEI membership, but that is just the tip of the ice- berg. That membership is merely a tool kit to implement the UN agenda of “sustainable development”
The citizens of Harford need to watch very closely now to see what our elected officials will do next to eradicate this ugly UN agenda (Agenda-21) from Harford County.
Yes! I am a very concerned citizen of Harford County and of United States of America.
Editorial comment to the author: It’s helpful to your readers to define an acronym like ICLEI the first time it’s used in a piece, as was done with HCRCC in the second paragraph. I had no idea what this meant until I read Sharon Beam’s comment.
Pavel, Thank you for your thoughtful and correct suggestion and thank you to Mrs. Beam for her help. Did you refer to the link and previously written article? If you do not know anything about the topic you should review them as this posting will not give you the background you need to understand why leaving ICLEI is so important.
Sandy Sanders says
Glad to hear what Campaign for Liberty is doing in Harford County MD. I’ll blog on this tonight.
Sandy Sanders says
Here is the blog entry!
Enjoy! Harford County is also on the Wall of Honor.