Thursday, May 17, 2012

Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) - #3894 - Dick Morris: Obama, Hillary Seek Backdoor Climate Pact in Law of the Sea Treaty (2) Research: The Law of the Sea Treaty - Heritage Foundation (3) Phyllis Schlafly: Defeat Law of the Sea Treaty----Again - Townhall

Frustrated by their failure to pass cap and trade or to get Senate ratification of either the Kyoto or the Copenhagen Treaties on climate change, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton may use the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) to bind the U.S. to carbon reduction targets. We raise and discuss in our new book Screwed! how Obama and Clinton can use the Sea Treaty – up for ratification in June — as a backdoor climate pact to stop global warming. Embedded in the already signed treaty is a clause empowering the newly created Seabed Authority – an international body in which each of 160 nations has a vote (even if they are landlocked) – to take whatever steps it deems necessary to stop “marine pollution.” According to William C. G. Burns of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the treaty contains a very expansive definition of pollution which could be read to include “the potential impact of rising sea surface temperature, rising sea levels, and changes in ocean pH as a consequence of rising levels of carbon dioxide in sea water.” Burns warns that this could “give rise to actions under the Convention’s marine pollution provisions” to reduce carbon emissions worldwide. When the Law of the Sea Treaty was first negotiated in the 1970s, of course, global warming was not on the agenda. But the power it confers on the Seabed Authority to stop pollution could easily be expanded to include anti-global warming measures. As with other treaties the Administration is negotiating in what may be its final months, the Sea Treaty must be enforced by U.S. Courts under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing in Medellin v Texas, 552 US 491 (2008), if a treaty is “self-executing” – as the Sea Treaty is — US courts can be used to enforce it. Please take a minute to sign this petition to your Senators and Congressman to block ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty so we can close this backdoor on attempts to regulate our entire economy to meet the unproven threat of human caused global climate change.  Click here to sign Petition against the Law of the Sea Treaty that would cede our Sovereignty.......  In Virginia:  Senator Mark Warner-202-224-2023, Senator Jim Webb- 202-224-4024.  Senate Contact Information......  Previous articles on Lost of the Sea Treaty:  *Law of the Sea Treaty -Obama Seeks Sovereignty Surrender Via Lost Treaty, (U.S. would have to pay half of all offshore revenue and royalties to U.N. to distribute),#3875.
** Once a Treaty is ratified by the Senate, it assumes the same priority over other laws as a Constitutional Amendment, Congress or State Legislatures can't violate it, and courts are obligated to enforce it, and the only way to change it, would be another Constitutional Amendment or Treaty signed by the original countries, very unlikely.
Other new articles on Law of the Sea Treaty:

Heritage Foundation - Comprehensive Research: The Law of the Sea Treaty -  This key research from 2004 has been updated in several Heritage Foundation publications, including: (1) Congress Should Ignore Budget Requests Relating to the Law of the Sea Treaty By Steven Groves (WebMemo #1804) February 8, 2008, (2) Why Reagan Would Still Reject the Law of the Sea Treaty By Steven Groves (WebMemo #1676) October 24, 2007, (3) The Top Five Reasons Why Conservatives Should Oppose the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea By Baker Spring, Steven Groves, and Brett D. Schaefer (WebMemo #1638) September 25, 2007, (4) Twenty-five years after President Reagan rejected it, the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) remains a threat to U.S. interests. Reagan's objections to LOST have been neither addressed nor resolved. LOST is a flawed treaty that should not be ratified, much less funded prior to ratification. Additionally, Heritage has put together a compendium of articles and videos related to the Law of the Sea Treaty.   Click here for research from Heritage Foundation.......

Defeat Law of the Sea Treaty....Again - Phyllis Schlafly - Townhall - The stunning repudiation of Sen. Richard Lugar's, R-Ind., bid for a seventh term has sent shock waves through Washington's internationalist lobby. A former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar has spent his career promoting a globalist agenda, since he succeeded the late Jesse Helms as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. One day after Indiana Republicans handed Lugar his walking papers, an outfit called the Atlantic Council held a forum to promote the discredited Law of the Sea Treaty. As former Republican U.S. Sens. Chuck Hagel and John Warner beamed their approval, Obama's Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta declared that "the time has come" for the Senate to ratify the treaty. Hagel, Warner and Lugar share an internationalist mindset. All three senators supported "comprehensive immigration reform" (aka amnesty) bills that failed to pass Congress in 2006 and 2007. In support of LOST, they are joined by former Republican Sen. Trent Lott, now a high-priced lobbyist who no longer answers to his former Mississippi constituents. Americans today are in no mood for subordinating U.S. sovereignty, plus seven-tenths of the world's surface area, to another entangling global bureaucracy, so advocates are using Orwellian talking points to pretend that LOST would do the opposite.  Read more.........

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