Oh, you just knew this was coming, with the liberal's base concentrated in big cities and uniformly contemptuous of the suburban lifestyle:
The National Research Council will release a congressionally mandated report next week that looks at "suburbanization" and how it impacts driving habits, reliance on petroleum, and greenhouse emissions.
According to advance info distributed to the news media by the National Academies, "The report looks at studies on compact, mixed-use development where people live in denser environments with jobs and shopping close by, to determine whether a shift to this type of land use could lessen vehicle use, energy consumption and CO2 emissions."
The report is titled, "Driving and the Built Environment: The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use and CO2 Emissions."
The left has been building the hate for the suburbanite for a little over a decade now; with the sneer at the "McMansions" and the rage against SUVs. Now in power, they are going to have an opportunity to legislate this hate into law; perhaps with commuter taxes, additional fees levied on single-family homes, and perhaps a national property tax for those Americans who choose to live with a backyard.
It'll be covered by reports such as the one above; and it will allow the sanctimonious nanny-staters to start forcing suburbanites to cough up more money for city-dwellers as penance for their sin of choosing a different (better?) life. Soon the country-dweller will be as un-American as the man or women who speaks out at a health care town hall....
Remember, Barack Obama, the leader of the anti-suburbanite movement, famously said the following:
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.
"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.
That National Research Council report above ? There's the opening Barack Obama will use to show his "leadership" on this matter. Because our lifestyle is "not going to happen" anymore.
Batten down the hatches, my fellow suburban Americans. Barack Obama and the Democrats are bringing the war to your front door...
Hat tip: Instapundit