Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) warned on Tuesday that the Obama administration is working quietly with the United Nations to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), an international agreement that would force the U.S. to abide by foreign climate regulations.
Not familiar with the Law of the Sea? Here’s a brief refresher:
LOST is like a lot of leftist initiatives in that it’s been decades in the making and that it uses “environmentalism” as a means of achieving its goals.
“Although the treaty is meant to establish a set of rules regarding the oceans, only a few pages of it deal with purely navigational concerns,” longtime LOST opponent Sen. DeMint notes.
“The bulk of the 288-page treaty does things like establish a new international bureaucracy in Jamaica to collect and redistribute royalties on offshore oil drilling and force the United States into international arbitration for environmental disputes,” he adds.
If ratified, LOST would compel states to “adopt laws and regulations” to “implement applicable international rules and standards established through competent international organizations or diplomatic conference to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from land-based sources.”The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discusses LOST (May 23, 2012):
Translation: The U.S. would be forced to obey U.N. standards on air pollution and carbon emissions. In fact, the treaty even allows foreign nations to sue the U.S. if it doesn’t adhere to LOST guidelines.“LOST dictates that disputes, environmental or otherwise, be settled by a five-member arbitration panel,” Sen. DeMint writes.Read More