ICLEI Members Admit “Bait and Switch” to Boost Climate Agenda

“Substituting ‘sustainable development’ for ‘climate change’ – is shameless and deceptive.”

“Weaving a crafty spider’s web that will entangle communities before they realize how its restrictive rules will kill jobs and reduce freedoms and living standards.”

I want to pass on this press release from Cfact in its entirety.

ICLEI Members Admit “Bait and Switch” to Boost Climate Agenda

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. To advance public action on global warming, participants attending the ICLEI World Congress admitted today that they are deliberately employing new terminology to misdirect opponents and gain acceptance of their efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases. (ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability)

By utilizing terms like “sustainability” and “sustainable development,” the group wants to mask its objectives and disarm would-be critics who might otherwise oppose their agenda, ICLEI attendees confided with CFACT representatives at the conference.

Huxley Lawler, Executive Coordinator of Environment and Climate Change of the Gold Coast City Council in Australia (an ICLEI member), told CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker bluntly that “we don’t use the term climate change anymore. It’s sustainable development.” Rucker and CFACT staffer Abdul Kamara confirmed this in conversations with other delegates, including Paul Chambers, a Sustainability Manager for the Auckland Council in New Zealand. Chambers said it is important to use inexact environment protection terminology when dealing with conservative governments, like the one he says currently heads his nation.

This revelation by ICLEI World Congress attendees comes at a time when public support for global warming is weakening. It reflects a profound change in strategy by proponents of climate action and world governance, and an admission that skeptics of manmade global warming continue to gain ground in shaping public opinion.

ICLEI stands for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. It was founded in 1990 to advance “sustainable development,” as enshrined in a document called “Agenda 21,” by persuading local governments around the globe to support restrictions on energy use and economic development. ICLEI claims to represent over 1,200 cities internationally. According to one of its founders, Hans Monninghoff of Germany, cities become part of the organization by paying annual membership fees, which vary according to their population. It formally changed its name in 2003 to “ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability” to promote an even broader energy, economic and political agenda.

Another speaker at the ICLEI World Congress admitted today that creating carbon neutral cities, an important ICLEI goal, will likely kill jobs and displace businesses that are unable to adapt to restrictive policies that raise energy prices or reduce energy reliability. Addressing a question about the impact of carbon neutral policies on the economy during a session on “Accounting and Reporting of Low Carbon Cities,” Hans Karsten said, “There is no guarantee that companies doing business today will be doing business in 20 years.” The head of Technical and Environmental Administration for Copenhagen, Denmark, Karsten later revealed that it was his city’s intent to have zero carbon emissions by 2025, with half the residents riding to work by bicycle.

“Thinking they can speak candidly on their home turf, ICLEI speakers reveal an unworkable economic agenda,” said CFACT President David Rothbard. “ICLEI’s bait and switch – substituting ‘sustainable development’ for ‘climate change’ – is shameless and deceptive. People need to understand ICLEI’s real agenda, before it cons other local governments into joining. ICLEI is weaving a crafty spider’s web that will entangle communities before they realize how its restrictive rules will kill jobs and reduce freedoms and living standards.”


Thanks to Vern Peterman for this link

11 thoughts on “ICLEI Members Admit “Bait and Switch” to Boost Climate Agenda

  1. THe slimy bastards. If they want sustainability, then they should bring out some supressed technologies that have been locked away because they are free to use. eg waterpowered cars, electomagnetic electricity. Besides it’s all the chemicals that get made and dumped over the land that is our biggest problem. May be we should also go from pharmaceutical companies back to traditional medicines. sory for getting of the track a bit, it just ticks me off!

  2. And these useless piles of crap call themselves “progressives”. It sounds to me like they want to stop all progress and in fact turn the clock back. Again, when people start dying in mass from the coming cold, all these criminals should be tried for crimes against humanity and locked up.

  3. and our councils paying this bunch of conmen to ruin OUR area and businesses and make doing anything so much harder and more expensive!

  4. Hmmm? Copenhagen wants zero carbon emissions by 2025. Gee, does that mean that everyone is going to commit suicide … or just move away. After all, humans exhale carbon dioxide. We must be part of the problem just because we are alive. I just can’t believe, with all the information out there to the contrary, that people still believe in human-caused global warming/climate change due to our use of fossil fuels and emissions of CO2. This is an example of “fooling most of the people some of the time.”

  5. I doubt that anyone who reads this site or other like it is at all surprised by this. It is however very nice to see our fears and suspicions so publicly confirmed. Very nice indeed.
    Lets make sure this article gets the widest possible distribution.

  6. Frugality with resources and living in energy efficient homes is laudable but it simply will not work when imposed from the top down. I doubt the AGW charade was ever intended to be anything other than an elitist push to reduce energy and resource consumption and a means of curbing population which, they see as increasing too fast.

  7. The thing I find the hardest to cope with is that most of the friends I have known for years think sustainability (agenda 21 but they don’t know it) is the answer to all of the problems they think they face. And yet they bitch and gripe about austerity and the end result effect of the policy’s as they are implemented.
    But still they want it harder and faster as they state “I wish the greens had got in things would be better”.
    How the hell do you inform people when their thinking is so warped?

    • Dave just keep hitting them with cold hard logic.
      If things go the way a lot of us think they are going to go, in the very near future events in the enviroment will make all of that irrelevant.

  8. Yes we are going to finally have a tax for breathing, but we’ll blame it on the Global Warming or Climate change or what ever we cosider desirable and they wiil never know.

  9. We just need to skim more money from the working class to buy more toys for the wealthy elite. Then all Earth’s problems will be solved.

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