This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
1. Who? a. Lisa Poppaw, District 2 2. Why? a. Ms. Poppaw has repeatedly violated her sworn oath of office to honor the United States Constitution by consistently voting in favor of policies contained in the Climate Action Plan. b. Ms. Poppaw is not representing the people in district 2. She is voting for and supporting goals of foreign organizations and special interest lobbying groups. 3. How is Ms. Poppaw’s support of the Climate Action Plan a violation of her sworn oath? The Climate Action Plan is a document of The International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). ICLEI is a United Nations environmental program. The Climate Action Plan is designed to transform local government. The way this transformation occurs is by granting city employees the authority to make decisions and act based on Climate Action Plan goals. Representative government is eliminated by the Climate Action Plan in the following ways: 1. The Climate Action Plan is a document produced by foreign organizations and represents foreign goals. 2. The Climate Action Plan eliminates voting on issues by local elected officials. 3. The Climate Action Plan prevents the people from being represented by the officials they elect.
City officials and elected representatives often explain their decisionmaking justification as “it meets the goals of the Climate Action Plan” or, “it doesn’t go far enough to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan”. IS THIS A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY? The City of Fort Collins is spending millions of dollars on the Climate Action Plan and the associated programs and projects and employee salaries. Plan Fort Collins will add millions to the annual budget requirements. The City of Fort Collins is preparing to ask voters to raise the city sales tax. Specific examples: 1. $1,100,000 spent in 2009 to change light bulbs from incandescent to CFL. Expected energy savings: unknown. Expected payout: estimated 10 years. 2. $4,400,000 in budget for educating the public on how to buy appliances, rebates for Energy Star appliance purchases, and for propaganda 3. $600,000 to educate the public about bicycle safety, to purchase bicycles for the City, and for propaganda 4. $60,000 for bicycle coordinator to teach people how to ride bicycles 5. $2,000 per mile to clear snow from paved walking trails for bicycle access 6. $18,000,000 for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart meters Source: fcgov.com
If the citizens wait until the next regular election to replace councilor Poppaw, Plan Fort Collins, the Climate Action Plan, and special interest groups will have allowed foreign organizations to guide Fort Collins’ future. Ms. Poppaw is not representing the people in her district.
Specific and Abbreviated List of Examples 1. Ms. Poppaw supported the City of Fort Collins goals of forcefully removing 6,600 private customers from locally owned trash businesses. The Fort Collins Coloradoan, February 2, 2010 printed a “Soapbox” by Ms. Poppaw. She said: “The concept of a pilot trash district was contained in the Climate Action Plan and was one of the many strategies designed to help us reach our community greenhouse-gas reduction goals.” “…the trash district pilot program currently before the council fails to meet these goals.” “Second, the environmental gains of this project do not go far enough toward advancing the city’s Climate Action goals to justify entering a contract that does not sufficiently protect consumers.” “My commitment is to continue our work to find ways to reduce the inefficiency, public cost and environmental impacts of the current system.” 2. Ms. Poppaw used the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority to advertise a political meeting. In an email dated May 15, 2009, Ms. Poppaw said: “This is definitely a good-news item, because the call didn’t cost the City or taxpayers anything.” 3. Ben Herman, Clarion Associates, and project leader for “Plan Fort Collins” explained why the City of Fort Collins is rushing through the long-range sustainability planning process, including eliminating valuable input from citizen advisory groups. Mr. Herman said the City understands it currently has a favorable council and agenda items will be passed easily and will accomplish the goals of the Plan. a. Plan Fort Collins is Local Agenda 21, a document from the United Nations.
How Does The Climate Action Plan Eliminate Representative Government? 1. A private business owner asked the City of Fort Collins for permission to install a restricted parking sign in front of a building in Old Town. The parking sign indicated that only “Low emitting or energy efficient vehicles” were allowed to use five prime parking spaces downtown. The parking management director agreed, saying he had the authority to make that decision based on a bullet point on page 35 of the Climate Action Plan. 2. The City of Fort Collins required two private trash businesses to reveal proprietary operating information because the Climate Action Plan included goals of reducing emissions. 3. The City of Fort Collins attempted to steal 6,600 private customers from two private trash companies and then force those people to pay for a city study. The City justified this by saying it met the goals of the Climate Action Plan. 4. The City of Fort Collins removed six vehicle parking spaces in Old Town to install bicycle racks. Each vehicle parking space is worth $300,000 annually to surrounding businesses. The Climate Action Plan includes goals of eliminating individual vehicle travel to encourage alternate modes of travel: walking, bicycling, mass transit. Representative government is eliminated because the Climate Action Plan gives city employees the authority to act without public input, council discussion and council voting. CLIMATE ACTION PLAN BUDGET EXAMPLES, 2010-2011 The Climate Action Plan requires the City of Fort Collins to use the “triple bottom line” budgeting process. Triple bottom line budgeting eliminates financial decision making based on economic factors. Society, environment and economics are weighed equally. The City of Fort Collins
is going to ask the voters to raise the city sales tax because triple bottom line budgeting is not economically sound. These items are from pages 1-74 of 290 pages out of the 2010-2011 budget (fcgov.com).
1. $330,000 Support for “Industry Clusters” – p/p/p 2. $120,000 Support for RMII – p/p/p 3. $1,200,000 “Plan Fort Collins” United Nations Agenda 21, Local Agenda 21 4. $1,649,487 Land Conservation 5. $811,977 Natural Areas Program Management 6. $313,783 Climate Wise = Government telling businesses how to “save” electricity 7. $414,096 Natural Areas Land Management 8. $2,300,000 Natural Areas Resource Management 9. $238,862 Environmental Regulation Basic Compliance teaches public how to live 10. $964,921 to teach public how to save water, rebates, salaries 11. $1,228,672 Combined Environmental Services to teach people about the environment 12. $111,258 Sustainability coordinator position to educate people and businesses about environment 13. $632,795 Climate Wise program to teach business owners how to meet goals of Climate Action Plan 14. $16,776 Party Patrol and Party Registration 15. $2,000,000 Neighborhood Quality, Maintenance and Code Compliance includes occupancy enforcement, rental enforcement, nuisance code compliance (aesthetics of neighborhoods: cleanliness, etc.), programs to teach neighbors how to talk to each other 16. $36,000,000 to double Transfort’s fleet and routes. Less than one rider per bus per hour currently uses Transfort. (Source: 2008 Transfort Annual Report) The City of Fort Collins explains there is not enough money for basic government services including maintaining roads and hiring police officers and firefighters.