Cities agencies say that green projects like bike lanes could cut pollution. But Tea Party activists say bike lanes are more sinister than they look. Across the United States, members of the politically-conservative Tea Party movement are protesting energy conservation projects, reported the New York Times. Protesters claim that government efforts to "go green" are actually part of a United Nations plot.
Some of the protests are working. The Times said the Tea Party helped kill a high-speed rail project in Florida and a project meant to ease road congestion in Maine. At a City Council meeting in Montana, activists were so disruptive that the police came.
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Tea Party activists have also rallied against smart meters, which are electrical meters that record energy consumption, or so the manufacturers claim. “The real job of smart meters is to spy on you and control you," one Tea Party activist told the Times.
Tea Party mistrust of sustainability goes back to Agenda 21, a resolution the United Nations passed in 1992. The non-binding Agenda 21 encourages nations to limit rural development, reduce sprawl, improve transportation planning and find other ways to be more environmentally-friendly.
Conservative politicians have also spoken out against the UN resolution. Newt Gingrich, a candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination, said that Tea Party members are very worried about Agenda 21, reported CNN. And he said their worry is justified.
"It's part of a general problem of the United Nations and other international bureaucracies that are seeking to create an extra constitutional control over us," he announced at a Tea Party event.