In the following excerpt from pages 284 and 285, the author speaks of her interview with Maurice Strong in Geneva, Switzerland. Strong mentions George H.W. Bush intervened to keep him at the top spot at the 1992 UN Rio Summit over objections at the US State Department. Strong said he'd been in Bush's home:
Via, 9/1/1997, "INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY: WHO IS MAURICE STRONG?" by Ronald Bailey Published in National Review, September 1, 1997
"But Strong is no snob; he even counts Republican Presidents among his friends. Elaine Dewar again:
"Strong blurted out that he'd almost been shut out of the Earth Summit (1992) by people at the State Department. They had been overruled by the White House because George Bush knew him. He said that he'd donated some $100,000 to the Democrats and a slightly lesser amount to the Republicans in 1988. (The Republicans didn't confirm.) I had been absolutely astonished. I mean yes, he had done a great deal of business in the U.S., but how could he have managed such contributions?
Well, he'd had a green card. The governor of Colorado had suggested it to him. A lawyer in Denver had told him how.
But why? I'd asked.
"Because I wanted influence in the United States.""
So Strong gave political contributions (of dubious legality) to both parties; George Bush, now a friend, intervened to help him stay in charge of the Rio conference; he was thereby enabled to set a deep green agenda there; and Bush took a political hit in an election year. An instructive tale -- if it is not part of Strong's mythmaking."...
"Mr. Bailey is a freelance journalist and television producer in Washington, D.C. He is author of Eco-Scam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse (St. Martin's) and The True State of the Planet (Free Press)."
Maurice Strong was Sec. Gen. of the 1992 Rio Climate Summit:
In 1992 Pres. George HW Bush flew to Rio along with his EPA chief, William Reilly, whom he hand picked (end of pg.) from his post as WWF president. Maurice Strong was also a WWF member:
"Maurice Strong has played a unique and critical role is globalizing the environmental movement. Secretary General of both the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which launched the world environment movement, and the 1992 Rio Environmental Summit, he was the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)."...
"Maurice Strong with US Secretary of State [under George H.W. Bush] Condoleezza Rice," mauricestrong.net
1992, Pres. Bush signs and US Senate unanimously approves UNFCCC agreement:
1992, "The George H.W. Bush administration signed the UNFCCC in Rio on June 12, 1992, and the U.S. Senate ratified it unanimously shortly thereafter, on October 15, 1992. ."...
Majority Party: Democrat (56 seats)
Minority Party: Republican (44 seats)
George HW Bush EPA Chief Reilly writes about 1992 Rio climate agreement and wonderful Agenda 21:
Sept.-Oct. 1992, "The Road from Rio: The success of the Earth Summit depends on how well we follow through on its principles and programs," EPA Journal, by William K. Reilly, www2.epa.gov
"Agenda 21. This was perhaps the most remarkable achievement of the conference: an ambitious, 900-page action plan for protecting the atmosphere, oceans, and other global resources. Many of the ideas--community right-to-know, compiling information about toxic releases, environmental impact statements--originated in the United States. Agenda 21 represents an extraordinary new global consensus on standards against which to measure the environmental performance of governments. No doubt the press, non-governmental groups, and the business community will mine these documents for years to come. The human rights commitments of the 1970s and 1980s, the Helsinki Accords, and others, offer a model for how committed nongovernmental interests can confer authority on moral obligations and translate them into new policies."
Comment: So far I haven't found a link to the 1997 National Review article by Ronald Bailey but will add it if I find it. Susan