By Tom Barnidge : mercurynews – excerpt
Ready or not, Plan Bay Area is knocking at your door. Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments officials are expected to approve it next month, climaxing a fight that’s produced enough bile to give the entire country acid reflux. In case you’re late to the party, you probably should know that supporters and opponents have slightly different views of this vision for the future:
What’s Plan Bay Area?
PRO: It’s an integrated, long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan that will support a growing economy, provide more housing and transportation choices, and reduce transportation-related pollution in the Bay Area
CON: It’s a conspiracy perpetrated by the MTC and ABAG to socially engineer peoples’ lives, herding them like cattle from their single-family homes and cars into transit villages.
Why is there a Plan Bay Area?
PRO: Senate Bill 375 requires California’s 18 metro areas to plan jointly for transportation, land use and housing as part of a “sustainable communities strategy” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light-duty trucks.
CON: Empty-headed bureaucrats, who couldn’t find a shadow on a sunny day, have swallowed Al Gore’s global warming nonsense and now are using it as their excuse to take control of our lives… (more)
These are not empty-headed bureaucrats. These are calculating property owners, banks and big energy CEOs that fear the independence solar energy provides.
Big energy utilities are the big winner. Crowding people into high rises will protect them from the the single family homes with yards that can be function without them. The big buildings produce more emissions than the cars, especially now that the car industry is producing cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles.