31 Aug '11, 12pm

How dense: Tea Party rages over smart growth

Photo: Thomas Hawk Not content with bringing the gears of government to a grinding halt or holding the global economy hostage, the Tea Party now aims its sights on another target: regional planning commissions. Three years ago California passed SB 375, a bill which calls on cities and metropolitan regions to reduce vehicle emissions by fostering denser urban areas, linking transit systems, and coordinating land use. As you might imagine, this made many Tea Partiers both apoplectic with rage and filled with fear. The rage comes from the government trying to do anything productive; the fear comes from a United Nations effort that encourages sustainable development, otherwise known as Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is the conspiracy theory du jour among less-grounded libertarians. The voluntary effort, they say, say proves the United Nations is out to strip our nation of its sovereignt...

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