President Obama’s new executive order to create a climate-change task force may give an activist group tied to a slew of radicals influence over certifying “green” buildings across the nation, WND has found.
Already, the executive order is coming under fire from critics for possibly pushing federal control over states.
The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials purportedly to advise the White House on national response to extreme weather generated by so-called climate change.
A section of the order gives the federal government power to recommend how buildings and other structures can be constructed to withstand the effects of “climate change,” including in response to what it claims are rising sea levels and warming temperatures.
FoxNews.com reported critics are charging the executive order can lead to the federal government withholding money to communities “unless they meet new standards on various items and agendas set by the Federal Government.”
A member of the new task force may be instrumental in divining which group could certify structures as meeting these new federal “green” requirements.
The task force is made up of seven Democratic governors plus the Republican governor of Guam.
One of the governors on the taskforce is Jay Inslee of Washington.
Inslee is a founder of the radical Apollo Alliance, which now goes by the name the Blue Green Alliance.
As WND has reported on numerous occasions, the Apollo Alliance is led by a number of radicals.
Among them is Obama’s former “green” jobs adviser, Van Jones, who resigned in 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and called for resistance against the U.S. government.
Apollo’s New York office is run by Jeff Jones, a founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization.
Another Apollo leader is Joel Rogers, a founder of the socialist New Party. WND reported evidence indicating Obama was a New Party member.
Apollo also is heavily linked to the U.S. Green Business Council, or USBC, which has been leading the drive to certify buildings as LEED, meaning they comply with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
LEED is a system of ratings for the design, construction and operation of high-performance “green” buildings, homes and neighborhoods.
The U.S. government has been debating whether to adopt LEED standards. Some U.S. cities, including New York City, have already adopted LEED regulations. The Obama administration has been debating getting the White House qualified under LEED.
LEED standards have been called into question.
At a recent congressional hearing on the matter, Oberlin College professor of physics John Scofield testified, “My analysis of the LEED building energy consumption data … shows that LEED-certified commercial buildings use about the same amount of primary energy as their conventional counterparts.”
LEED has claimed its buildings are 25 percent or more energy efficient.
However a study by Manhattan building-energy consultant Henry Gifford showed USGBC may have fudged its own numbers and that LEED buildings may use up to 30 percent more energy.
In July 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., held a hearing on excessive government regulation and red tape, including “green” building regulations the government may adopt from the U.S. Green Business Council environmental group.
At the hearing, transcribed by Breitbart.com, Steve Russell of the American Chemistry Council said in his testimony:
“Recently proposed LEED updates are so weakly grounded in science that the system would give a credit for avoiding proven US-made products. These products include energy efficient foam insulation and cool vinyl roofing, such as the recently installed vinyl at the DOE headquarters.”
Continued Russell: “This credit would also restrict the ability of the federal government to use shatter-resistant, polycarbonate glass, such as this example here, which is essential in protecting buildings such as courthouses, government institutions and prisons from bullets.”
Russell then help up a piece of polycarbonate glass shot by a bullet. He stated, “As you can see, a bullet has been shot and remains impregnated within this unshattered glass.”
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USBC says it is “made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before.”
WND found the USBC board of directors includes Majora Carter, who co-founded the radical environmental activist group Green for All with Van Jones.
Green for All is part of the White House-tied Apollo Alliance.
Apollo has boasted in its own literature of its role in helping to craft portions of Obama’s multi-billion-dollar 2009 “stimulus.”
The Apollo Alliance helped draft “clean energy and green-collar jobs provisions” of the bill, for which $3.4 billion was earmarked to “work toward making coal part of the solution and reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from industrial facilities and fossil fuel power plants.”
Meanwhile, the USBC board also includes Walter Cuculic of the rooftop solar panel maker SolarCity.
SolarCity last year received a $344 million loan backed by the Department of Energy to “put up to 160,000 rooftop solar installations on top of privately run military housing complexes at 124 military bases across 34 states.”
In June 2011, SolarCity also received $280 million in financial backing from Google. The funding is for the company “to build and lease solar power systems to a 7,000 to 9,000 homeowners in the 10 states where it operates,” CNN reported.
USBC’s founding chairman is S. Richard Fedrizzi, who worked with the Clinton Climate Initiative on the C40 Cities Program and the Climate Positive Development Program.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott