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Paranoid GOP Sees Global Conspiracy in U.N. and Small NonProfit

Paranoid GOP Sees Global Conspiracy in U.N. and Small NonProfit
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A resolution passed by the Republican National Committee last month repudiates sustainable development and describes the global effort to achieve it as “destructive and insidious.” The New York Times has identified Agenda 21, the U.N.’s 1992 non-binding resolution on sustainable development, as part of a broader effort by conservative activists to fight local initiatives around public transportation, sprawl reduction and preservation of environmental resources. Protests linked to the Tea Party movement have centered recently on the nonprofit organization ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.

Local Government Association “Covertly” Pushing New World Order??

ICLEI-USA is a nonprofit membership association of local governments; its mission is “to build, serve and drive a movement of local governments to advance deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and achieve tangible improvements in local sustainability.”  The organization has become linked in the minds of radical right-wing activists with a move to one world government and domination by the United Nations in the form of Agenda 21, a non-binding action plan for sustainable development agreed to in 1992 by 178 countries, including the U.S.. [Sustainable development is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."]

Last month the Republican National Committee explicitly repudiated Agenda 21, when it passed a resolution, stating, in part:

“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 …

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; …”

(see full text of the RNC resolution on page 2 here.)

Currently over 600 local governments in 49 states are members of ICLEI-USA, from Sitka, Alaska to San Antonio, Texas to New York City. A press release issued by ICLEI-USA in response to the New York Times article states, “ICLEI USA reaffirms its support for cities, towns, and counties who are defining their own goals and objectives to protect clean air and water, increase energy independence, prepare for a changing climate, and become more economically competitive in the process. Because of our longtime leadership on sustainability, ICLEI has been singled out by extremists who mislead others by spinning wild conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact.” ICLEI-USA’s executive director states,  “As our nation attempts to recover from the economic crisis and a record-breaking year of extreme weather that cost us tens of billions of dollars, we must not allow common-sense community planning efforts to be derailed. Let’s focus on the issues, not conspiracy theories.”

The New Scapegoat

Of course, paranoid conspiracy theories are nothing new. Ignorant and fearful groups have always searched for scapegoats when they feel that they don’t control their world. Whether it’s Masons, Jewish bankers, or, now, U.N. and association bureaucrats, while the accusations are ludicrous, the resulting harm is not.

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12:44PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

(@Mark S.)[Red is also the color of communism.]

I think that was indeed the point of the article's titling.

In this new style McCarthy era , we traded in "commies" for "terrorists" and "environmentalists" , but the show is well within faithfulness to the original story concept and technique.

8:02AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I couldn't even read the entire resolution, it's to sad.

5:22AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thank you for including this article. I knew that the Republican leadership were opposed to strong environmental policy initiatives, but the opposition to this long recognized helpful Agenda 21 is almost unbelievable. I can only hope that other voices prevail.

4:23AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

@ Brett
"Republican anti-environmentalist right-wing extremists: The New Fascist State. And if you look more closely at the policies and tactics being embraced by the Republicans & those that support them, you'll see disturbing parallels between them and the Third Reich..."

exactly. If any group is trying for world domination it is the GOP/religion/corporate mafia.

2:18AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Do I fear the United Nations? UMMMMMMM!!

2:17AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

This kind of report cracks me up. They CAN'T be serious? Or can they? Utter madness ...

2:15AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Red is also the color of communism.

2:15AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

"Still crazy after all these years"...............

2:14AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Republican anti-environmentalist right-wing extremists: The New Fascist State. And if you look more closely at the policies and tactics being embraced by the Republicans & those that support them, you'll see disturbing parallels between them and the Third Reich...

11:25PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Thanks for the article

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