Alan Watterson, Brunswick Heads
I let the first one go through to the keeper, Peggy, but you can’t keep bowling these wrong’uns.
Agenda 21 is a set of non-binding principles to guide communities to deal with overpopulation, pollution, poverty and resource depletion. ICLEI is a group of local-government people who realise that our present way of living is unsustainable and who want to do something about it. If you think this amounts to a socialist plot to grab private property and deny personal freedoms then (like the dim-witted governments of Tennessee and Alabama) you probably also think that Fox News actually broadcasts news.
A couple of websites are recommended to help rid us of this scourge. The first, sustainablelibertynow.org is so confident of its information that it is anonymous. It turns out to be owned by a Shellie Milne, renowned Tea Party activist. Astro-turfing is the establishment of fake grass-roots organisations and the Tea Party is an astro-turf funded by the oil billionaire Koch brothers. The poor TP mugs rally against having health care and environmental laws, in line with the Koch brothers’ interests – drastically lower taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and free reign for industry. The Kochs even outspend ExxonMobil fighting climate legislation. In US political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus. Incidentally Koch Industries is one of the top ten air polluters in the US.
The other website (justgroundsonline) has some reasonable contributors but is infected with climate-change deniers (including our very own Tea Party), folk who think it’s okay for Indonesians to torture our cattle to death, and other assorted fanatics.
A degree from the Google University in climatology or international relations doesn’t carry a lot of weight, but if you think you know better than the experts, then try walking on what used to be Arctic ice, or landing on our now-melted Antarctic airstrip. There are conspiracies, but they’re not in the UN; just follow the money.