How Obama and AR Gov. Beebe Are Weaning Us Off Cars
(See link below to picture of City of the Future where rail transportation runs through the city as streets instead of cars. Note that everything is documented.)
"Last week, Hickenlooper [Democrat Colorado gubernatorial candidate] upset some auto dealers on the eve of a fundraiser when he lauded the city's B-Cycle bike- sharing program at an event and asked: 'How do we wean ourselves off automobiles?'" This quote was taken from article in the Denver Post entitled, "Bike agenda spins cities toward U.N. control." 1
Believe it or not this topic ties in with Governor Beebe's Global Warming Commission and Senator Broadway's supporting legislation on sustainable building design that I wrote about recently. I also wrote two articles last year entitled: "Leftists Push Society Without Cars" and "AR Brummett Says Amen To A World Without Cars." Links to these four articles are at end of this email in footnote 2. Keep in mind that Sustainable Development proponents speak of three stages - "the present state, the transition state, and the future state. 3 To understand the present stage, one has to know what the future stages involve.
Beebe's GWC recommended 54 specific policies
Beebe's Global Warming Commission (Beebe appointed 17 of the 21 members) recommended 54 specific policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 4 The ordinary person would not understand these policies without background information on them because old words have new meanings. Just 39 of the recommendations would cost Arkansas $3.7 BILLION; and critics say that amount is far, far lower than the real costs. To put that figure in perspective Arkansas' state budget for 2010 is $4.4 billion. 5
Three of the policy recommendations that received a unanimous vote by all members definitely deal with the reduction of cars - with bicycles and mass transit being used in place of cars, discussed later in this email. For the list of these three policies see footnote 6.
The following quote on cars is found on the Arkansas Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council. "How do transit routes effect development? What is more important, to get people in and out of downtown quickly and orderly or to get people and municipalities to affect change in our behavior i.e. transportation and housing? Will CAT's plan for Arkansas curtail sprawl? Does the plan reduce the automobile culture that exists today?" 7 (CAT is a acronym for Central Arkansas Transit Authority)
Beebe's Coordinator with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation's Climate Change Initiative, Martha Jane Murray, was the founder of this US Green Building Council in Arkansas where the above quote is found as discussion topics at a meeting in Little Rock of the CAT. 8
Beebe's Coordinator a featured speaker along with Obama's Green Jobs Czar Van Jones
(Martha Jane Murray was also a featured speaker along with Obama's Green Jobs Czar Van Jones [who was forced out of office] and was part of the lobbying effort for the US House Cap and Trade Bill that even Senator Lincoln publicly opposed.) 9
"Speaking of the U.S. Green Building Council, its internationally popular LEED rating system now involves not only green buildings, but also green neighborhoods." 10 Green neighborhoods are sustainable neighborhoods that are planned and managed, regimented communities designed by "Smart Growth" to save the earth. Cars will not be welcome in future green neighborhoods. In their own words, "New smart growth is more town-centered, is transit and pedestrian oriented." 11
In minutes of the Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design, Representative Kathy Webb presented the ten priorities of the Global Warming Commission. Under the first priority this point is listed: "Promotion and Incentives for Improved Design and Construction, e.g. LEED, green buildings." 12
Future Stages and Absurdities of Sustainable Development and Cities of the Future
The leftists have already unbelievably progressed toward "smart growth" of cities that concentrate everyone into small geographic areas where rail transit and bikes will take the place of cars. They have done this with grants – money with severe strings attached, and using old words with new meanings to deceive the people. If you don't believe it, keep reading and researching. These environmentalists actually tout "a vertical garden - a farm within a skyscraper, growing food without producing those nasty CO2 emissions that come from fertilizers and soil disturbance." 13
See this picture at this link http://vimeo.com/4360553 (Imagine KC) and then click on the picture and watch the video of their proposed plan for Kansas City where rail transportation runs through the city as streets instead of cars. 14
The video talks about
§ "Walkable urban neighborhoods; where people "walk to school and work;
§ Pictures of bikers on the streets and asks the question, "What would like be like in 2020 if we had alternate forms of transit," saying, "Transit draws new developments together.
§ "The average resident spends six weeks a year in a car, and "What if you could spend some of that time doing other things."
§ The video mentions excess surface parking of cars and infers that light rail transportation could eliminate wasted land use.
§ Shows pictures of green roofs with gardens growing on them.
§ The caption under the main picture reads, "Most people do not know that Light Rail is a land use issue – and not just about transport. This video shows how pedestrian friendly developments are created around station locations, making light rail a catalyst for positive change in the community."
The following quotes from article mentioned in first paragraph offers more explanation on the reduction in cars plan. 15
Maes [the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Colorado) said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor's efforts to promote cycling and other environmental initiatives were harmless and well-meaning. Now he realizes "that's exactly the attitude they want you to have."
"This is bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms," Maes said.
He added: "These aren't just warm, fuzzy ideas from the mayor. These are very specific strategies that are dictated to us by this United Nations program that mayors have signed on to."
Maes said in a later interview that he was referring to Denver's membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives [ICLEI], an international association that promotes sustainable development and has attracted the membership of more than 1,200 communities, 600 of which are in the United States.
Fayetteville Mayor Wins International Accolades for green "Smart Growth"
The former mayor of Fayetteville, Arkansas has received international accolades in the sustainable development movement as illustrated in this quote: "[I]t's no wonder Mayor Coody has placed an emphasis on planning for responsible growth. His City Plan 2025 has won him international accolades for encouraging infill and alternative modes of transportation, while discouraging sprawl and auto-dependency. Mayor Coody developed the first public-sector sustainability department in Arkansas; belongs to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Sustainability Task Force; and was one of first to sign the Mayors Climate Agreement." Coody also hosted the ICLEI's Summer Workshop: The featured article on COODY concludes with this quote: "A Cool Quote - "You mayors in California have it easy being cool. If you really want a challenge try being cool in Arkansas." (ICLEI is the acronym for the "International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and was established at the United Nations in New York in September 1990. The name has already been changed to Local Governments for Sustainability, to not give away the United Nations involvement, I am sure. 16
$100 Billion of Stimulus Fund Earmarked for Energy Grants
The article that links to the picture of the city of the future in Kansas city also says, "But as more funds are available -– for example, the $100 billion earmarked in the stimulus package for energy grants to states and localities, or the $6.3 billion targeted for clean energy grants, or the $17 billion for transit or part of the $40 billion for roads, bridges and other infrastructure — a high priority should be to begin putting each city on the road to the future." 17
Obama, with the cooperation of governors like Beebe, will be spending more than $120 billion of Obama's $787 billion stimulus package for this exorbitantly expensive, Utopian, destructive global warming "green" agenda abased on unproven science while the leftists refuse to drill for oil or use clean coal for electricity or develop nuclear energy.
Sustainable Development Turns Communities Into Little Soviets
Sustainable Development covers every area of our life. Prince Charles is using his new green campaign to urge everyone in Britain to take shorter showers and to "snub the tub" 18 A UN document says cities should implement policies to reduce water consumption in amounts that would be 75% less than the U.S. Geological Survey says is needed to perform basic life functions. One of the recommendations of Beebe's Global Warming Commission is: "Improved Water Management and Use" (sounds so innocent, doesn't it – unless you know the background on it? ) Sustainable Development proponents themselves advocate "world citizenship" which "encompasses the constellation of principles, values, attitudes and behavior that people of the world must embrace if stainable development is to be realized." One of those values is "social and economic justice" with universal health care for all. 19 Another value is that "Nations should cooperate to promote an open international economic system that will lead to economic growth and sustainable development in all countries."
If you research far enough you find that the whole idea behind Sustainable Development is to redistribute the wealth among the nations. In 2008, as a Senator, Obama sponsored the "Global Poverty Act" (S.2433) committing a percentage of the GPD to foreign aid, and Joe Biden tried to rush it through his committee. Obama's bill defines the term “Millennium Development Goals” as the goals set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration General Assembly Resolution 55/2 (2000) that called for “the eradication of poverty” by “redistribution (of) wealth and land,” cancellation of “the debts of developing countries” and “a fair distribution of the earth’s resources.” 20
Tom DeWeese was right on when he made this statement, "Meanwhile, as thousands attend the TEA Parties and protest the Federal Reserve, taxes, and out of control federal government, inside their local city halls, international forces are busy turning the communities into little soviets." They are doing it with deceptive language where old words have new meanings. 21
The Senate Banking Committee passed the Livable Communities Act August 3, 2010, which would designate $4 billion to aid local governments in planning high-density, walkable neighborhoods. (It would not even be safe to walk in our world today.) 22
Following is a comment posted on the article about the Livable Communities Act in former paragraph:
" I visited Russia - St Petersburg to be precise, in 1996. There I saw the "vision" of what these people have for our future. It was hideous, Huge circles of 30 story buildings with tiny, 800 square foot apartments in them. Each "community housed roughly 50,000 people - each were "self-sustaining", meaning, there was never a need for you to travel outside your community - without government permission. (Ellipsis) The fact that they are even mentioning this is almost incomprehensible. Just how stupid are we as a country to let this go? " 23
If you really want to understand Sustainable Development and the extent of its influence, read the following three articles by Tom DeWeese. See footnote 24. And google , Smart Growth, ICLEI, Sustainable Development, Arkansas Global Warming Commission, and Green Neighborhoods. And look for the next email on the specific destructive problems with the "green" movement.
Documentation & Footnotes
1 http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15673894?source=rss "Bike agenda spins cities toward U.N. control, Maes warns."
2. a. http://www.wpaag.org/Broadway's%20zero%20energy%20home.htm Broadway and Obama's Net Zero Energy Dream Home
b. http://www.wpaag.org/Broadway%20voting%20record%203%20Research.htm Broadway's Global Warming Legislation and Beebe's Global Warming Commission
c. http://www.wpaag.org/Obama%20-%20Carless%20Society.htm On The Road To A "Carless" Society
Brummett Says Amen to Doing Away With Cars
3. www.esdtoolkit.org p.48 Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit
4. http://www.arclimatechange.us/ewebeditpro/items/O94F20342.PDF Executive Summary, p. 9
5. Member criticizes global warming commission http://arkansasnews.com/?s=Global+Warming+Commission+holds+first+meeting%2C+&x=23&y=7
6. http://www.arclimatechange.us/ewebeditpro/items/O94F20342.PDF (a. b. and c. below are found on this link. The numbers are given to help you
locate them on this long document.)
a. p. 10 TLU-4 "Smart Growth, Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure"
b. p. 11 TLU-5 Improve and Expand Transit Service and Infrastructure
c. p. 9 RCI-9 Support for Energy-Efficient Communities, Including Smart Growth
7. http://www.usgbc-ar.org/uploads/april_newsletter.pdf USGBC – Arkansas April News April newsletter
8. https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=5524 Webcast 3 – Sustainabililty, Efficiency and Shovel-Worthy About The Speakers
9. http://www.greenbuildexpo.org:80/Video/archived-videos/2008-videos.aspx Greenbuild 2008 Conference Proceedings (with Van Jones) http://greenarbytheday.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/do-you-own-business-support-climate-change-bill/ "Do You Own Business & Support Climate Change Bill?" June 24, 09.
10. http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009944.html "What Is A City of the Future?"
11. http://www.smartgrowth.org/about/default.asp About Smart Growth
12. http://staging.arkleg.state.ar.us/data/SustainDesignBuildingPractice/2008/3-17-08/Minutes%203-17-08.pdf March 17, 2088 Minutes of Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices
13. http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009944.html "What Is A City of the Future?"
14. http://vimeo.com/4360553 Imagine KC
15. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_15673894?source=rss "Bike agenda spins cities toward U.N. control, Maes warns."
16. http://www.icleiusa.org:80/success-stories/cool-mayors/dan-coody-mayor-of-city-of-fayetteville/ "The Economics of Local Climate Action" in 2007
17. http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009944.html "What Is A City of the Future?
18. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1304327/Prince-Charles-urges-British-families-snub-bathtub.html?ito=feeds-newsxml "One must take shorter showers, says Charles: Prince urges British families to 'snub the bathtub'"
19. http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom138.htm The Wrenching Transformation of America, and www.esdtoolkit.org Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit p. 22 (for social and economic justice quote) and page 9 for quote on economic growth and sustainable development in all countries.
20 .http://www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff207.htm "Obama's Global Tax Proposal Up For Senate Vote" and http://deathby1000papercuts.com/2008/10/obamas-global-poverty-act-spread-us-wealth-around-the-world/ "Obama's Global Poverty Act: Sspread U.S. Wealth Around the World."
21. http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom145.htm Tea Parties Cannot Win Back The Republic Without This Information.
22. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/70475 Republicans Blast ‘Livable Communities’ Bill As Washington-Based Central Planning for Cities and Towns
23. See # 22
24..a. http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom145.htm Tea Parties Cannot Win Back The Republic Without This Information. b.http://www.newswithviews.com:80/DeWeese/tom137.htm The Wrenching Transformation of America, Part I
The Wrenching Transformation of America, Part 2
Posted August 30, 2010