The insane LOST treaty that Obama et al. are trying to sneak through the Senate would do much more than redistribute $billions of Americans’ money to Third World dictatorships. It would cripple the economy by inflicting backdoor Cap & Trade. Unsurprisingly, the treasonous Hanoi John Kerry is behind the latest maneuver:
President Obama’s 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 (LOST) 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 in the 2010 lame duck.
Demorrhoids would have you believe that sacrificing American sovereignty to supranational entities will enhance our security. Obviously, it will not. The real purpose is to inflict devastatingly harmful regulations while evading responsibility in the public mind.
Here is how it would work: In much the same way that the contract you signed to get your credit card contains a binding arbitration clause, every country that signs LOST submits themselves to the jurisdiction of international tribunals for “maritime disputes” with other signatory countries.
When you hear the term “maritime dispute” you might think of something like an argument over shipping lanes. But LOST also obligates signatories to “take all measures necessary to ensure that activities under their jurisdiction or control are so conducted as not to cause damage by pollution to other States and their environment.” Carbons emissions are considered “pollution” according to most sources of international law.
So, if the Senate approves LOST this December, any country who believes they are being harmed by global warming could force the U.S. into binding arbitration, most likely in front of the Annex VII Arbitral Tribunal, LOST’s default dispute resolution forum.
Any judgment from that tribunal would not only be final, it could not be appealed, and it would be immediately enforceable in U.S. federal court. In 1982, a similar arbitration body forced Canada to set caps on their sulfur dioxide emissions causing industry to spend millions on mitigation efforts. A LOST tribunal could set similar caps on U.S. carbon emissions, triggering trillions in economic damages.
Anyone who attempts to turn over American sovereignty to hostile foreigners is a traitor by definition; it should come as no surprise that their motivations are malevolent.
On a tip from Conan.