Post of the Day — May 19, 2013
Note from Dan: In the missive below, posted to this thread, Roanoke Tea Party activist Bill Gregory describes how greenways are part of the Agenda 21 / ICLEI conspiracy in a larger battle waged by the climate change crowd. Problem 1: Agenda 21 was ratified in 1992. The development of greenways (not in the Roanoke Valley, but in many other places across the country) predates Agenda 21 by at least two decades. Problem 2: Many of the longest and best known greenways in the nation, such as the Great Allegheny Passage Trail and the C&O Towpath (together they link Pittsburgh with Washington D.C.) have little to any commuter value. Problem 3: Many people who care not a whit about climate change vote with their feet for greenways every day.
“Climate change activists expect the Greenway system to be used more and more like an alternative commuter highway as the years go by. They want commuters to switch from motorized to non-motorized work commutes.
This is one of the main reasons the Greenway is being developed. VDOT funds are being diverted from conventional vehicular road maintenance / new roads to greenway systems in metro areas across the Commonwealth. Its all about reducing man-made CO2 emissions, which we all know is the main cause of global warming (debate on the subject is over, according to the Climate Change Alarmists).
Sure, the greenway is great for recreational strolls/biking. But, the little-discussed business end of the greenway’s development is mostly motivated by the climate change alarmist agenda. I know the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission has various individuals with associations to organizations that have links to ICLEI. Do your research on ICLEI as both Roanoke County and City are members of it for over five years.
Look for Roanoke County and City (with the help of the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission) to progressively work to convince you (first voluntarily then carrot and stick) to make the switch to a non-motorized work commute on the greenway system. The discussion here about bikers vs walkers is a side show. The real discussion needing to take place is what is the main motivating vision certain climate change activists on the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission have for this greenway that is about to go through a major expansion.
It may get more than just a little crowded on the Greenway during morning and evening bike commutes in the next decade or so as our Greenway system is about to get heavily federally funded (from Federal organizations also heavily influenced by climate change alarmism).”