Opposition to Agenda 21, a 20-year-old United Nations agreement that seeks to promote sustainable development, is building across the nation. Manifestations include::
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pledged his opposition to Agenda 21, calling it an attempt by the U.N. to exert “extra-constitutional control” over the U.S. while empowering entities committed to “taking control of your private property and turning it into a publicly controlled property.”
* Concerns about Agenda 21 prompted the Republican governor of Maine to torpedo a project to ease traffic congestion and factored into Florida’s decision to reject high-speed rail, the New York Times reported.
* In May, Alabama’s legislature unanimously passed a bill banning any policy “originating in or traceable to” Agenda 21.
* A bill to put Arizona on record against Agenda 21 passed the state Senate but stalled in the state House.
* Resolutions against Agenda 21 have been passed by both the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
* Opposition to Agenda 21 has led at least a dozen U.S. communities to sever ties with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, a California-based nonprofit group that offers tools and advice for reducing carbon emissions. None of these was in Wisconsin, which has six ICLEI members: Madison, Fitchburg, Howard, Marshfield, Milwaukee and Oshkosh.
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