Unofficial reports indicate that at least 54 communities have withdrawn from ICLEI in 2011. State legislatures have pushed back on Agenda 21, and Washington State created an Anti-Agenda 21 Caucus. Repeal of Smart Growth Legislation is growing. The Republican National Committee recently sponsored a “Resolution Exposing United Nation Agenda 21.”
The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in the United States.
The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt. [As our President said during his campaign, "“If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”]