Republican Platform Explicitly Opposes Sustainable Development, Implicitly Opposes Bike Paths

OK, so vehemently opposing a harmless toothless UN resolution from twenty years ago is crazy but not even surprising anymore.

The most amazing part of the story is that bicycle lanes are seen as part of this worldwide conspiracy to infringe on Americans’ freedoms.

The focus of this concern is on a 1992 nonbonding United Nations resolution called Agenda 21 which calls for sustainable development. The Republican platform says ““We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax”.

The New York Times reports:

…we reported about activists aligned with the Tea Party disrupting local city and state land use planning meetings nationwide to denounce sustainable efforts to reduce energy use including bike lanes on public streets and smart meters on home appliances. The activists see such community projects as the first steps in a plan to limit individual rights.

…land use officials in many parts of the country have complained of anti-Agenda 21 disruptions

Most of those pushing the Agenda 21 theory have been largely on the margins of their own party. But the inclusion of language for Agenda 21 in the Republican Party platform could mark a turning point, said Tom Madrecki, a spokesman for Smart Growth America, an advocacy group that works to limit sprawl. … He said he’s concerned that formalizing opposition to Agenda 21 will bring more disruption and will “continue halting beneficial conversations about community planning.”

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