Compromised

Read the full story in the New Republic.

When Costco sought to build a giant chicken-processing plant outside Fremont, Neb., an odd and fragile opposition formed in response that brought together liberal environmentalists, anti-immigrant Tea-Party conservatives, and libertarians. Each group has its own reason for opposing the plant: the threat to the regional watershed posed by pollution from the facility; the (Muslim) Somali immigrants who are likely to work there; and the local government’s use of eminent domain to acquire the land for the plant. It isn’t clear whether they can set aside their political differences and present a united front against Costco. But the bigger question is this: “Are environmentalists succeeding in winning the nativists over to their way of thinking? Or have they been co-opted into the xenophobic cause?”

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