Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fighting Green Projects

From an article in The New York Times comes this fringe idea that ecological and environmental projects are part of a worldwide plot.

"Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot"
Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.

They are showing up at planning meetings to denounce bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances — efforts they equate to a big-government blueprint against individual rights...

The protests date to 1992 when the United Nations passed a sweeping, but nonbinding, 100-plus-page resolution called Agenda 21 that was designed to encourage nations to use fewer resources and conserve open land by steering development to already dense areas. They have gained momentum in the past two years because of the emergence of the Tea Party movement, harnessing its suspicion about government power and belief that man-made global warming is a hoax.


It's not unlike the 1960s wave of environmentalism that hit the United States being seen as a hippie/treehugger/liberal movement only. I thought most of that had gone away as public interest groups, hunters, anglers and other "mainstream" groups began to work towards ecological sanity.

I guess I was wrong.

Read the rest of the article at
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/us/activists-fight-green-projects-seeing-un-plot.html

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