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.