10 June 2013
Driving around Austin, Texas over the past year, I’ve noticed a change taking place.
Large mixed-use development buildings with apartments on top and businesses on the bottom are popping up all over town. Billboards line the highways telling me I should have a “roadmance” (not even kidding) with the new toll roads encircling the city that Texans never really ever wanted; future toll roads subsidizing corporate interests are in the works. Advertisements are pushing high-speed rail as hip and trendy; they are reminiscent of America 2050 goals for the future of our nation involving 11 highly condensed megaregions connected with these same rails (with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, of course).
The entire service area for Austin has been smart metered, without regard to national outcry over the negative health effects. Austin Energy says the meters are “valuable devices” that communicate with the utility via radio frequency waves and “Advanced Metering Infrastructure software to measure the amount of electricity used and at what time of day.” The utility also admitted back in 2012 that “integrating smart meter technology into the operations and services to customers” was one of the its “aggressive goals“.
Each of the city’s smart meters is putting out electromagnetic frequencies as they send customer data to the utility company every 15 minutes. Recently two Texas senators introduced legislation to help residents opt out.
When I first moved here, my roommate was all excited to show me her new smart, motion-sensored thermostat that comes on automatically any time you walk near it. She told me how it was installed in her home for free (how cool is that?) if she agreed to be part of a pilot project through the University of Texas at Austin on monitoring energy consumption. She was pretty excited about how the temperature in her house could be controlled remotely using an Internet interface.
The city’s water is in the process of being smart metered, too. The Citizens Water Conservation Implementation Task Force filed the report “Water Conservation 2020: Strategic Recommendations” with Austin’s City Council in 2010, calling for a smart meter program with “real-time” water use data. The committee also recommended the city “Target customers with high water use with an audit campaign to look at outdoor and indoor conservation measures” [emphasis added] as well as reducing the city’s water use by two percent every year.
So What Is Agenda 21?
Although buzz terms like “sustainable development” and “smart growth” sound friendly enough on the surface, Agenda 21 is a pact the U.S. signed on to with 177 other countries after the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit. Agenda 21 describes itself as a “comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally” as a new vision for the 21st century.
In short, Agenda 21 is about global control from the ground up. Agenda 21 expert Rosa Koire sums it up (those are her caps below, not mine):
“UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is the action plan implemented worldwide to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all energy, all education, all information, and all human beings in the world. INVENTORY AND CONTROL.”
Though Agenda 21 is technically a ‘non-binding treaty’, that didn’t stop President Clinton from binding America to it with Executive Order #12852 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, an official push to align U.S. environmental policies with U.N. Agenda 21 directives. Today it’s continued through President Obama’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
For all the ways Agenda 21 will seeks to destroy everything from national sovereignty to personal property rights, check out this video:
Randomly taking a peek at recent Austin City Council meeting minutes from the last few months, we can see Agenda 21 at work:
- “Authorize negotiation and execution of agreements with Ecobee, EnergyHub, and other thermostat vendors who qualify for participation in Austin Energy’s Power Partner Program for a demand response program to provide customer incentives in exchange for thermostat data access, for a combined total amount not to exceed $950,000 over a 24-month period.”
- “Authorize the negotiation and execution of Amendment No. 1 to the Interlocal Agreement for Services to Develop an Analytic Tool for Sustainable Communities Regional Planning with the Capital Area Council of Governments to increase the amount payable to the City by $12,500 to employ summer interns, for a total contract amount not to exceed $205,507.”
- “Approve a resolution directing the City Manager to collect data on multi-family units participating in Austin Energy’s Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Program.”
- Land use map designations are being formally changed from “Single Family land use to Higher Density Single Family land use” or “Mixed Use land use” all the time.
- Approving an ordinance “repealing and replacing Article 11 of City Code Chapter 25-12 to adopt the 2012 International Residential Code and local amendments“.
All of these will significantly impact how people live in Austin, a city that appears to be on the cutting edge of Agenda 21 trendiness.
Although the International Code Council (ICC) which maintains the international building codes claims no official affiliation with Agenda 21, one past employee who quit ICC says the organization has fully adopted Agenda 21 sustainability measures. Natural News reported further on ICC measures being adopted by cities across the country:
“Imagine officials representing the International Code Council (ICC) having access to the keys for your home and could enter the property at any time to check for code ‘violations.’ According to Red State, the Cedar Falls City Council in Iowa approved an ordinance that will require:
‘Mandatory lock boxes [outside of] all commercial property including apartment buildings and Triplexes. Inside the box you have to provide keys to all entrances to the property including keys to individual apartments.’
It may seem like cities such as Cedar Falls are acting locally in the best interest of their community’s safety, but in reality the lock box legislation is based on international code and regulation which has ties to Agenda 21. If an ICC official deems a space to be in violation of Agenda 21 rules, property can be searched (easily with the provided key), heavily fined or seized at their discretion without due process. If Agenda 21 comes to fruition, private land will be a luxury of the past and citizens will be told how they will live and where as dictated by UN guidelines.”
Austin’s smart meters are part of a “smart grid” system. Smart grids provide the basis for technological control of regions developing under Agenda 21. The concept of getting everyone on the grid ultimately appears to be about total control. Control of land use, control of water and energy use, and control of transportation.The City of Austin even employs a Smart Grid and System Operation Director who is “responsible for strategic and tactical leadership and management of Austin Energy’s Smart Grid and System Operations.”
Speaking of transportation, personal vehicle ownership in Austin is under attack as well. It was recently announced the city is pushing incentives to keep people from driving their cars downtown:
“To combat the parking problem, Austin City Council wants to develop a program that would reduce the amount of land devoted to parking. The City staff suggests a one-year incentive program called the Parking Reduction Incentive Pilot Program.”
“This sounds like another Agenda 21/ICLEI plan that, as a side bonus, will allow the City of Austin, Inc. to create artificial scarcity of parking so they can raise prices.”
ICLEI, or International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, now known as ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, is the local implementation arm of Agenda 21′s global plan. Austin is crawling with local Agenda 21 agenda-driven groups, and the city even has an Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan in place.
In fact, ICLEI specifically chose Austin, Texas as one of ten cities to become an ICLEI STAR Beta Community which sets the model for the society Agenda 21 is attempting to create:
“Austin will have to collaborate with ICLEI-Local to design a new high tech, cutting edge performance management software program. The Green Building Council, the National League of Cities and the Center for American Progress are working hand in hand with ICLEI-Local. Together they will collaborate with more than 150 sustainability experts and organization that represent non-profit organizations, private business, national associations, federal agencies, counties and cities.”
Regardless of how many environmentally friendly buzzwords the system comes up with, Agenda 21 aims to change the way we live forever under the guise of the green movement for an ultimate goal of total control. I’ve interviewed Rosa Koire on her book Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21 multiple times, and she’s spelled out the tightly-controlled, oppressive future this pact has in store for us. Limits on food, on resources such as energy and water, and on personal property ownership are just the beginning.
I encourage everyone to research what’s going on in your town and find the ways Agenda 21 is slowly creeping in and taking over. Then speak out and raise awareness. There’s a reason so many local and state governments across the U.S. are adopting anti-Agenda 21 legislation.
I’ll never forget personally attending local sustainable development meetings and reading the phrase “live-work shophouses” on their handouts, with purposefully limited multiple choice questions quietly asking participants if they would like to live in the same building they work in.