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The Atlantic Cities | The Anti-Environmentalist Roots of the Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theory


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“When Fort Collins, Colorado, was looking to replace its system of private garbage collectors with a municipal system, numerous voices decried the influence of the UN’s tentacles in municipal waste disposal.”

Read the entire article at the Atlantic Cities: The Anti-Environmentalist Roots of the Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theory.

In a separate, New Yorker article, George Packer provides a case study:

“And in 2010, when the county commission voted to allow an initiative onto the fall ballot that would fund a light-rail system around Tampa with a one-cent sales-tax increase, Jaroch and another woman led the opposition.

“A lot of powerful forces were on the other side: the Chamber of Commerce, the South Tampa elite, the city’s mayor, the St. Petersburg Times. Also on the other side was Tampa’s status as the largest metropolitan area in the country without rail. Charlotte, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix all had rail, and seemed to be enjoying the benefits of urban development that its proponents say it brings. Getting around Tampa Bay in a car is increasingly difficult, and without one it’s a nightmare. (Just ask the Florida Republican delegation here at the convention.)

“But to Jaroch, rail became a signature issue, like tax cuts and abortion to earlier generations of conservatives. Rail represented government waste and bloat, and, beyond that, European-style socialism, bringing high taxes, less freedom, and a threat to the suburban way of life. She warned against the influence of planners, and she sometimes invoked Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations “sustainable development” initiative from the early nineteen-nineties that Jaroch and other conservatives regard as an ominous danger to American sovereignty.”

Read the entire article at the New Yorker: Karen Jaroch’s Party

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