Obamas Lame-Duck Plan to Pass Cap and Trade
Carroll, Conn, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The
President Obamas plans to pass economy-killing cap-and-trade regulations may have died in the Senate in 2010. But if Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., gets his way, they will be resurrected after the presidential election.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday, Kerry announced that he would not be submitting the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea for a vote before the November election. Instead, Kerry intends to hold a series of hearings before the election, building the case for passage, before pushing the treaty in a lame-duck session. This is the exact same game plan Kerry executed to pass the New START treaty during the 2010 lame duck.
The Obama administration is billing LOST as a must-have national security tool. But the treaty was created in 1982, and the United States Navy has been defending Americans ably ever since even though the U.S. has never ratified it. In fact, when asked by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., if national security would be at risk if LOST was rejected, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified flatly, We will, of course, assert our sovereignty and our ability to navigate. Our ability to project force will not deteriorate.
So if the Navy doesnt need LOST for national security purposes, then why are Obama and Kerry pushing it so hard?
For the same reason President Bill Clinton did: to make environmentalists happy. When U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher submitted LOST to the Senate in 1994, he called it the strongest comprehensive environmental treaty now in existence or likely to emerge for quite some time. Many environmental activists agree. In fact, they have been waiting to use LOST to force cap-and- trade policies on the U.S. for years.
Here is how it would work: Much like the contract you signed to get your credit card, LOST contains a binding arbitration clause. …