DeWeese is the founder and president of the American Policy Center and a council member at John Birch Society.
In the interview, DeWeese described how the NGOs utilize that money to influence local officials, such as city council members and county supervisors. These NGOs even offer a "ready-to-go" plan to make the policies easy to implement.
"A lot of people don't understand because they get a good person elected to the city council, for example. And a few months later, they start to find out that he's voting for bad policies," DeWeese said. The truth, he noted, is that there is an army of NGOs behind each of the policies.
"They know exactly how to present it and how to get grant money to put it in place. And they bring it to your local elected officials and say, 'Hey, we got it all right here for you, got money for you, too.' And eventually, your elected representatives begin to believe this is the proper role of government," he explained.
"If one of us tries to oppose it, the same NGO groups are whispering in your ear, 'the guy's nuts, don't pay attention to him.' They know how to put the money in place and the power to elect these people that they want there," DeWeese said.
DeWeese mentioned the Environmental Grantmakers Association, World Wildlife Fund, National Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club as some of the NGOs working with lawmakers.
"If they need some kind of an organization to rise up to stop a project; for example, if they want to expand the airport and they don't want them to do that, they will suddenly discover that there's some kind of endangered species there," he said. "And they'll put a million bucks out to create an NGO."
The policy expert firmly believes that the NGO-legislators connivance can be countered by local activists turning their communities into "freedom pods." He said the pods are permanent infrastructures dedicated to research advocacy and being involved at all times to be ready to fight new policies.
Jasper cited one of the "climate change" policies to install a carbon capture pipeline, where they're going to take carbon dioxide out of the air and pump it more than a thousand miles underground through a massive pipe infrastructure.
DeWeese commented: "I have called this the most idiotic plan they have ever come up with. It is the dumbest to take CO2 out of the air, which the plants need as CO2 is not a pollutant that they are claiming to cause climate change."
In fact, according to Craig Idso, founder and CEO of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, high levels of atmospheric CO2 do not cause a direct threat to health. They even make plants thicken their leaves and less efficient in sequestering carbon, causing a rise in temperatures and the occasional heat waves. (Related: Studies: Current atmospheric carbon dioxide levels NOT a threat to humans or the environment.)
Idso said CO2 levels would have to surge 36 times above the present concentration before they would even begin to pose a mild health concern.
"That value (i.e., 15,000 ppm) will never occur, given it is a factor of ten above the approximate 1,500 ppm atmospheric CO2 limit that scientists think is possible if society utilized all of the currently-known fossil fuel reserves on the planet," he explained.
Subsequently, if CO2 is low in the atmosphere, it poses a threat to humanity.
And so, DeWeese urged the public to be mindful of the people they elect to be representing their locales. "And when they start to kowtow to the very ones taking the rights, then you got a problem," he said.
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