Smart Growth, Biodiversity, Outcome Based Education, Sustainable Development, Green, World View, Traffic Calming, Affordable Housing, Consensus, Social Justice, Regional, Open Lands, Quality of Life, Benefit for All; warm and fuzzy words and each a part of a code.
It’s sinister and secretive – therefore you have to research and research until you locate the missing piece of the puzzle. I’m talking about the connection between the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and America 2050.
Both are plans to chop up the U.S. into 11 plots of land and restructure how people use the land. This includes how we feed and house ourselves, how we divide up goods and services as well as how we travel.
Here’s the missing connection: XpressWest (formerly known as DesertXpress)
For years now, Senator Harry Reid has been espousing the benefits of a high-speed rail passenger train from Victorville, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. This train would travel at speeds of up to 150 mph and would make the 186 miles trip in about 1 hour 24 minutes.
The U.S. is a signatory country to Agenda 21, but because Agenda 21 is not a treaty, the Senate has been unable to hold a formal debate or vote on it, nor was it ratified in any way by the executive branch. Several congressmen and senators, however, have spoken in Congress in support of Agenda 21 including Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator John Kerry and Harry Reid.
Within the U.S., over 528 cities are members of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an international sustainability organization that helps to implement the Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21 concepts across the world. The United States has nearly half of the ICLEI’s global membership of 1,200 cities promoting sustainable development at a local level.
Agenda 21also has 11 megaregions and includes high-speed rail corridors XpressWest is part of the California Corridor, and includes Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas.
Proposition 1A, passed in November 2008, authorizes the state to issue $9.95 billion in bonds to fund the first phase of a planned multi-phase high-speed rail network. Steel-wheel on rail technology is the adopted mode.
Los Angeles to San Francisco, via California’s Central Valley, will be the first phase of the network. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSR) is the lead agency charged with planning and implementing the system.
When the network is built, high-speed trains will be able to travel across California at speeds of up to 220 mph, potentially linking San Francisco and Los Angeles in as little as two hours and thirty-eight minutes. The state has been awarded $2.35 billion in funding from the federal government.
In addition to the state funded network, a private consortium has proposed building a new high speed line between Las Vegas, Nevada and Victorville, California. XpressWest is intended to improve transit times between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which currently has no passenger rail connection.
The cost of the initial segment is estimated at between $4-billion and $5-billion. The route is not planned to be extended directly to Los Angeles, although there is a further proposal to have it extended as far as Palmdale, where it would interchange with the CHSR network.
Slowly but surely, Reid’s vision is gaining traction. He has help through state governments like California and local governments like Clark County in southern Nevada.
Furthermore he has the aid of “soft law,” whereby city councils adopt the Unite Nations planning principals because they fall for the warm and fuzzy words that are all part of the code to under cut the United State’s sovereignty.