Oliva Says Ordinance Science Influenced By Sponsors

Stacy Oliva, Anadromous Streams Task Force Member, was troubled by some political connections which she mentioned at last night’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly…


Oliva: “I discovered the Portland, Oregon firm hired to develop the KPB Comprehensive Plan is a world law firm, affiliated with nearly all the major players for the ICLEI model city and policy network and it specializes in community conflict resolution. I learned about the UN’s International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI. It’s a lobbying and policy consultant, specifically designed to influence and change governmental policy on a local level, related to all aspects of human life.”


Oliva continued by saying Homer was a member of ICLEI, and that a Bill Smith was named in a 2007 Climate Action Plan developed by the City with ICLEI resources.


She also said Cook Inletkeeper, who submitted a petition in support of the Anadromous Streams Ordinance, was connected to ICLEI. Oliva also discussed funding for Inletkeeper from various sources.


Oliva: “After reviewing numerous studies, I learned that scientific studies can be subjective to their funding sources. Not only is there big oil, there’s big enviro.”


Oliva may have been pointed to a greater plan at work, but Assembly members declined to add any comment after her public testimony.

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