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Sheriff’s out West gather with Richard Mack and sound the alarm on Agenda 21!

What is the common theme in their warnings…the Federal government taking, restricting access to, or restricting uses of state LAND! Two of these Sheriff’s from different states, claim that 65% of their land is CONTROLLED by the government!

A common strategy being used to accomplish Agenda 21 is refered to as “Re-Developing” land into green space, walking trails, sidewalks, bike paths, parks etc.

Section I: Chapter 7 of Agenda 21 entitled Promoting Sustainable Human Settlement Development, sub-chapter 7.52 C states:

“Encourage non-motorized modes of transport by providing safe cycleways and footways in urban and suburban centres in countries, as appropriate;”  

Rosa Korie, the Executive Director of Democrats Against Agenda 21, has been warning America for years now on this strategy for implementing Agenda 21. The following is from her bio and her story will be North Carolina’s story if the leaders of liberty groups refuse to take a stand and fight!

Rosa Koire is a forensic commercial real estate appraiser specializing in eminent domain valuation.  Her twenty-eight year career as an expert witness on land use has culminated in exposing the impacts of Sustainable Development on private property rights and individual liberty.  

Through her research she found that much of the funding to implement local UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development land use programs comes through the diversion of property taxes to redevelopment agencies. ”

That bears repeating; the diversion of property taxes, to Re-Development agencies. Translation: slowly diverting your property taxes away from roads and building foot and bike paths!

And “Re-development”, in the name of sustainability, has already been written into NC Law.

Section 13.5 of the North Carolina Appropriations Bill of 2010, or SB897, states NCDENR will:

“(2) promote regional partnerships and to assist local governments and regional or interlocal organizations in North Carolina in seeking and managing funding from federal, public, or private initiatives, grant programs, or donors related to the planning, development, or redevelopment of the State’s communities in a sustainable manner.”

Here are a few other excerpts from the bill that became law in 2010:

“The General Assembly finds that the following principles describe sustainable development for North Carolina’s communities:

(1) Better transportation choices. – Offering safe, reliable, and economical motorized and non-motorized  [Didn't Agenda 21 use that exact word?! And would that not include trails?] transportation options to decrease household transportation costs, reduce dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health.

(2) Equitable, affordable housing. – Encouraging the provision to North Carolina citizens of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities expanded location-, water-, and energy-efficient housing choices that increase mobility, decrease the impact on existing water and energy infrastructure, and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation[Translation... building public transportation, and moving people near it]

(4) Support of existing communities. – Targeting public funds toward existing communities that are using strategies such as transit-oriented, mixed-use development, and land recycling to increase community revitalization, enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of public works investments, and protect rural landscapes. [Translation...build bike lanes, trails, and trains, or you get NO money for roads]

(1) To apply for and receive, on behalf of the State, funding from federal, public, or private initiatives, grant programs, or donors that will foster sustainable development in North Carolina. [Translation... giving Federal grants to county commissioner's who play ball.]

Let’s be honest. Can NCDOT really support a Comprehensive Transportation Plan in a county of 100,000 people, 12-13% of whom have remained un-employed since 2010? Will NCDOT really support miles of bike paths, foot trails, trains, and buses… AND continue to maintain our roads and bridges? As those out West and up North are finding out [after it is too late to do much about it] NO! Sustainable Development HAS A VERY HIGH COST!

Our taxes [and a Federal grant is by definition, state taxes being given back to us with strings attached]  will be slowly but continuously diverted to “Re-Development agencies”. In Ms. Korie’s Sonoma county California, County Officials  in June of 2011  adopted a plan that will only maintain 150 miles, of the 1384 miles of paved roads in the county because of a lack of funds to do so, yet in December of 2011 continue with a $200 BILLION  plan that will widen rail lines, put in bike paths, and increase the amount of buses. Many counties in rural America are simply converting paved roads into gravel!

In Ohio,

And Michigan

And Wisconsin

And Vermont

And Maine

And Minnesota

And Nebraska

Do you need to see more? What will it take for more of our elected officials, candidates for public office, civic leaders, and citizens to start connecting these dots on their own?

How many times will we let these “re-development” agencies such as the Catawba Lands Conservancy  and the Foundation For The Carolinas which are bringing us the Carolina Thread Trail, or the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina [mentioned in the Cleveland County Land Use Plan that has already "permanently preserved" 43,000 acres] come into our towns and sell us a shiny, one-sided, version of Agenda 21 that is really chocolate covered cyanide?

How many land conservancy groups do we need in Cleveland County? The Shelby Tea Party seemingly welcomes them with open arms. Because it’s just a trail…right?

It is a trail today, a farm or two tomorrow, and eventually our backyard! In the map above the areas in Red are areas of no human contact by the way, and was almost ratified by the US Senate in 2006.

Agenda 21 is designed to thwart prosperity and end the concept of national and individual sovereignty! It is that simple. And we as citizens and Americans will either stand and fight or we will be conquered one open space or TRAIL at a time.

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Global Governance will never happen here…right??

Freddie and Fannie (the Feds) currently own 96% of US residential mortgages, and the Feds own 30% of the land in the US.

I once again want to thank the Shelby 912 Tea Party for allowing me to present my research on how the Sustainable Development agenda has crept its way into Cleveland County. Below are a couple of clips from Glenn’s show from Aug of 2010. (Archives provided by The Daily Beck website,click here to visit) In these clips Glenn shows some very disturbing video clips from Hillary Clinton, Obama, Al Gore, the UN, Soros, Andy Stern, and others speaking about the need for a “New Global Governance”.  Approx 6 minutes into the first clip is where it gets really pertinent to the discussion we had last night.

More importantly than the Beck clips, please go down further in this post and read the introduction to the article by Soverignty International.  A huge shout out to Cheryl Pass, one of my fellow researchers and activists on local sustainability efforts from the Gastonia area for sending me this!

I have provided a link to the entire article after the introduction. Once you go to the article, down at the very bottom there is a link to Soverignty International’s website. It is packed with resources that I believe our Commissioners need to see. The article is a little long, and some may struggle to get through it, but I am here to tell you, Soverignty International has the “Consensus Process” nailed.

For those of my local readers in Cleveland County, throughout the article simply replace the terms NGO and Stakeholder Council with any of the following: Lake Norman RPO, Centralina Council of Governments, Sustainable Environment for Quality of Life (SEQL), or the Sustainable Communities Task Force created by Section 13.5 of SB 897.

The “Concensus Process” is what created Cleveland County’s current Land Use, and Comprehensive Transportation Plans.

Please consider joining me and other Tea Party Members at both the County School Board meetings, as well as the Commissioner meetings, and let’s begin devising a Transportation Plan that makes sence for Cleveland County.

The Consensus Process:

Developing an appropriate response

(from eco-logic, May/June, 1997)

In communities across America, “stakeholder” councils are being formed, or have already been formed, to advance Agenda 21 to transform cities and towns into “sustainable communities.” The “consensus process” is used to gain the appearance of public support for the principles of sustainability, applied to a particular community. The process is designed to take the public policy- making function away from elected officials and place it in the hands of professional bureaucrats, while giving the appearance of broad public input into the decision-making process.

Stakeholder councils are called by many names and are created for a variety of specific purposes. Whatever they are called, and whatever the stated purpose for which they are created, they all have several common characteristics, and all have a common objective: the implementation of some component of Agenda 21. To develop an effective local response, it is necessary to understand the objectives, the process, the techniques, and the players. While each community may experience a variety of different approaches, it is necessary to recognize the common principles that guide all such councils. (Click here to read full article.)

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Weekly Digest: Water Control in NC, NCDENR working with EPA, NC city and state representatives discuss the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs, and Duke Energy collaborates with China’s biggest energy provider

Who controls your Water usage in NC?

If you are a regular reader of the Gaspee you may have already seen this video. However, if you have not, it is vital you watch this video first. In the first few minutes of this video sustainability expert, Andrew Winston,  admits that Climate Change Science has been downgraded to more theory than science. However, in his very next breath he claims we are in store for a world wide water shortage armegeddon! Later in the video he quotes the CEO of Duke Energy talking about sustainability in the corporate world . This video truly gives you a great 30,000 ft. view of the sustainability agenda and how vast it has already spread in the US.

State, and Local water “shortages” will be the next “emergency” that the globalists, posing as sustainabilists, will not let go to waste in NC. Once again I will try my best to show you where to connect the dots but YOU will have to do the work.  All the key players from the Feds, coordinating with Raleigh, are poised to swoop in and declare  a drought emergency, and use it to do God Only Knows what.  

This tale begins with a news release about an impending NC drought from NCDENR.

Before you read the news release it is important for you to first recognize the role of NCDENR (still controlled by the Executive Branch of NC)  in the sustainable development agenda in NC.  In SB 897 NCDENR has been legally charged for the “redevelopment of the State’s communities in a sustainable manner”.  Section 13.5 of SB 897  states:

§ 143B-344.34  creates the North Carolina Sustainable Communities Task Force

 (a) The General Assembly finds that the rapid growth of the urban and suburban areas of North Carolina and the economic challenges facing many of the State’s urban cores, rural areas, and smaller communities create a significant need for the strategic use of resources to plan and accommodate healthy and equitable development without compromising natural systems and the needs of future generations of North Carolinians.

(b) The General Assembly finds that the following principles describe sustainable development for North Carolina’s communities:

(1) Better transportation choices. – Offering safe, reliable, and economical motorized and nonmotorized transportation options to decrease household transportation costs

Equitable, affordable housing. – Encouraging the provision to North Carolina citizens of all ages, incomes, races, and ethnicities expanded location-, water-, and energy-efficient housing choices that increase mobility, decrease the impact on existing water and energy infrastructure, and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation.

(4) Support of existing communities. – Targeting public funds toward existing communities that are using strategies such as transit-oriented, mixed-use development, and land recycling to increase community revitalization, enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of public works investments, and protect rural landscapes.

Recognize and support communities and neighborhoods. – Preserving and enhancing the unique characteristics of rural, urban, and suburban communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods.

There is created within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources the North Carolina Sustainable Communities Task Force to lead and support the State’s sustainable communities initiatives. The duties of the Task Force shall be as follows:

(2) To promote regional partnerships and to assist local governments and regional or interlocal organizations in North Carolina in seeking and managing funding from federal, public, or private initiatives, grant programs, or donors related to the planning, development, or redevelopment of the State’s communities in a sustainable manner.

Now read the NCDENR drought news release. Click HERE.

The news release mentions a public/private group called the Drought Advisory Management Council.

I say public/private because it contains Federal agencies, State agencies, and the University of Nebraska’s Drought Mitigation Center. The Drought Advisory Council also has a .ORG at the end of their website not a .GOV. 

This deliberate tangling of governmental and private interests is particularly dangerous because any recommendations for water usage at the state or county level the council makes, based on “data” from the University, is NOT subject to Freedom of Information Act. This council, and the NC Laws that empower it, is a small nudge designed to take more power away from We The People.

Click here to see the Drought Advisory Council’s website.

The following is from the About Us section of the Drought Advisory Management Council:

“The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council that originated in 1992 was given official statutory status and assigned the responsibility for issuing drought advisories in 2003. The drought advisories provide accurate and consistent information to assist local governments and other water users in taking appropriate drought response actions in specific areas of the state that are exhibiting impending or existing drought conditions.

The Drought Monitoring Council was an interagency coordination and information exchange body created in 1992. In 2002, the council did a creditable job monitoring and coordinating drought responses, while increasing public awareness of the council’s function and effectiveness. The General Assembly recognized the Drought Monitoring Council’s leadership and performance by giving them an official statutory base and changed its name to the Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC) to reflect the broader role of the council, which extends beyond monitoring drought conditions.

On July 17, 2003, North Carolina General Statute 143.355.1 was ratified to assign the DMAC an important new role, which became evident in 2002. A number of local governments indicated that it would be helpful to have official, objective drought status advisories to give them a reliable basis for their management responses. The new statute assigned this new advisory role to the DMAC and also specified that drought advisories are to be based on technical data to address varying conditions throughout the state. The new system avoids the problems that some states have experienced in declaring drought warnings statewide, when conditions did not warrant it in all regions of the state, by tailoring advisories to local conditions. When determining the issuance of a drought advisory, the Council takes into account stream flows, ground water levels, the amount of water stored in reservoirs, weather forecasts, the time of year, and other relevant factors for assessing the location and severity of drought conditions.

The intent of the new statute is for the DMAC to continue with essentially the same membership and functions that the Drought Monitoring Council previously exercised, but with new statutory authority and a new responsibility for providing a system of localized drought assessment and to issue advisories when needed. Importantly, the operation of the DMAC continues to carry on the same role as the Drought Monitoring Council did in support of the North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan and the activation of the Drought Assessment and Response Plan.

The General Assembly amended the statute in 2004, requiring the Council to submit an activities report to the Secretary, the Governor, and the Environmental Review Commission by October 1st of each year. The report includes a review of drought advisories issued by the Council and any recommendations to improve coordination among local, State, and federal agencies; public water systems; and water users. The purpose of the report is to continue to identify areas for improving the management and mitigation of the harmful effects of drought. (2003-387, s. 2; 2004-195, s. 2.5)

An act to improve drought preparedness and response in North Carolina as recommended by the Environmental Review Commission was signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley on July 31, 2008. Drought Legislation, Section 16 of Session Law 2008-143 included added detail about members and participants in the work of the DMAC The Representatives designated to serve on the Council will have expertise or responsibility in meteorology, ground water and surface water hydrology, water system operation and management, reservoir management, emergency response, or another subject area related to assessment and management of drought impacts. Other agencies and organizations may be invited that represent water users, including local governments, agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, manufacturing, investor-owned water utilities regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, and others as appropriate to participate in the work of the Council with respect to particular drought related issues.

Organizations invited to serve on the Council include:

A main purpose of the DMAC is to provide consistent and accurate information on drought conditions in the state to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the Environmental Management Commission, the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Review Commission, and the public.

In the matter of DMAC issuing drought classification and response actions by county, SL 2008-143 requires that if the U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina shows more than one drought designation in a county, the drought classification for the county is the highest drought designation that applies to at least twenty five percent (25%) of the land area of the county. Drought response actions are based on the drought classification for each county within a drought area that is listed each Thursday on the DMAC Website.

The law states that the council may recommend to the secretary a drought designation for a county that is different from the designation based on the U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina if the depiction of drought does not accurately reflect localized conditions. In recommending a drought designation that differs from the U.S. Drought Monitor designation, the council will consider stream flows, ground water levels, the amount of water stored in reservoirs, weather forecasts, the time of year and other factors that are relevant to determining the location and severity of drought conditions.”

Did you catch the Federal Agencies involved?

USDA, NOAA, USGS, and Homeland Security?  Why is Homeland Security involved at all, in ANY desicion making process related to drought conditions in NC ?

If you visit the US Department of States Sustainable Development Partnerships website (click here)  you will see that USDA, NOAA, and USGS are major Ferderal players in the sustainable agenda.

Also NOAA, US Department of Energy, EPA, and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were also major contributors to the ICLEI/STAR guidelines.  

Below is a candid video of an NOAA scientist publically calling for population reduction, a major theme of sustainable development, in the US and the world, and “empowering women to not have children by providing them birth control”.  

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

today announced the formation of Sustainable

Communities Building Blocks

I picked this story up from the Green Gov list serve, managed by the UNC System. Green Gov is used frequently by ICLEI to coordinate efforts amoung NC cities on sustainable initiatives. Notice at the end the contact info for the  Program Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, Office of Conservation, Planning & Community Affairs, North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources is listed. I assume that means he posted this story to the Green Gov UNC List Serv.

Release date: 02/03/2011

Contact Information: Richard Yost, yost.richard@epa.gov, 202-564-7827, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the formation of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks, a program designed to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods. Sustainable planning helps safeguard the environment and spur economic development while also improving Americans’ health. Interested communities are invited to apply to receive technical assistance during a day-long session that will help them achieve their sustainable planning goals. The application period opens on February 3 and ends on February 23, 2011.

“We’re pleased to be part of this program to help communities build vibrant, healthy neighborhoods where families want to live and businesses want to invest and grow,” EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe said. “Through this program, we’ll walk communities through the process of making smart, cost-effective investments by helping them navigate existing tools vital to securing a lasting foundation for prosperity.”

EPA will work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to select 20 participating communities through a competitive process. During the day-long session, participants will explore proven sustainability tools, including zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, parking policy analysis, climate action planning, and commuter benefits. Each community will select a specific tool to focus on and also learn about general smart growth development strategies.

Sustainable Communities Building Blocks is being coordinated through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint effort between the EPA, HUD, and DOT to coordinate federal actions on housing, transportation, and environmental protection. This interagency collaboration achieves efficient federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services that meet multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives.

More information and submission instructions for the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm

More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities:http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/partnership/index.html

Brian Byfield, AICP
Program Director
Sustainable Communities Initiative
Office of Conservation, Planning & Community Affairs
North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources
e:  brian.byfield@ncdenr.gov
p:  919 715 7691
f:   919 715 3060

 

NC city and state representatives discuss the U.S.-

China EcoPartnerships program with the Bureau of

Oceans and International Environment and Scientific

Affairs

Clicke here for article.

“On Monday, January 31, I co-hosted with the office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change (S/SECC) and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES) over fifty energy, environment and climate officers, as well as representatives of their professional organizations, for a post-Cancun conversation about climate change. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing served as the distinguished speaker. Representatives from state and city governments from California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin joined us in the dialogue. Organizations of elected state and local officials — such as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the National League of Cities (NLC), and Sister Cities International (SCI) — engaged in the conversation. Policy specialists from the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS), the Georgetown Climate Center (GCC), and the U.S. Green Building Council (GBC) shared global and local perspectives. Eric Maltzer from OES shared information about the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program.”

Duke Energy and China’s ENN Group Collaborate on

Green Cities Initiative

Fantastic! I guess if they own 25% of our debt they get to have a say in the US’s energy usage.

Duke Energy and ENN Group Collaborate on Green Cities Initiative – Duke Energy.

I am encouraging my in and out of state readers, if you have not already, begin focusing very closley to what your state capitals are doing. I believe God’s divine intervention, and the power vested in the States within the 10th Amendement, are are only hope of irradicating this political agenda.

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NCDENR’s Sustainable Communities Task Force lists OneNCNaturally.org website as its’ “key” for communication

And if you think that what the good folks at NCDENR mean by sustainable development is not the same as the United Nations’ Agenda 21/ICLEI, think again. Please visit the below link and see that the NC Office of Conservation, Planning, and Community Affairs/NCDENR site the United Nations definition of sustainable development.
Click Sustainability Resources to see the website and quote for yourself.

There is no longer any doubt that the “executive branch” in North Carolina has plans to implement the United Nations’ version of sustainable development aka Agenda 21. Please contact all of your state and US elected officials and alert them to what is going on in our state, and DEMAND A STAND from them against this agenda!

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Politico: Rep. Mike Simpson “The EPA is the scariest agency in the federal government”

This is really good news, but WE need to stay focused on the LOCAL takeover of our governments. We must repeal NC SB 897! Call your state Senator and House member tomorrow and ask them what they think of the sustainability agenda and ICLEI. My guess is most of them will not know how to answer.

EPA PURSE STRINGS – Rep. Mike Simpson was tapped late last week to lead the Appropriations subcommittee on Interior and EPA, and the Idaho Republican wasted little time making it clear that he’s going after the environmental agency. “The EPA is the scariest agency in the federal government, an agency run amok,” he said in a statement Friday. “Its bloated budget has allowed it to drastically expand its regulatory authority in a way that is hurting our economy and pushing an unwelcomed government further into the lives of Idahoans. … I look forward to bringing some common sense to the EPA and some certainty for our nation’s job creators.”

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HUD,DOT, EPA, ICLEI join forces for Agenda 21/sustainability

Three days after Bev Perdue legislated Agenda 21 into law in (section 13.5 in SB 897) NC,

HUD, DOT, EPA, and ICLEI announced the Sustainable Communities Partnerships Grants.

 

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