It seems that Barack Obama has no use for the Constitution or Congress and is prepared to bypass the Senate to enact a UN global warming treaty.
According to the Examiner:
To sidestep the Constitutional requirement that the president must get two-thirds majority of the Senate to enter into a legally-binding treaty, negotiators are crafting a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting emissions. The Times said the deal would likely face stiff objections from Republicans and from poor countries. Negotiators, however, say it’s the only realistic path to their ultimate goal.
“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time,” said Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton climate change official now working with the Obama administration.
So how does Obama plan to bypass the Senate? Easy, it seems. According to The Hill, negotiators will simply change an already-ratified 1992 treaty with “fresh voluntary pledges.” Such a deal, The Hill added, would not require Senate ratification.
“Unfortunately, this would be just another of many examples of the Obama administration’s tendency to abide by laws that it likes and to disregard laws it doesn’t like — and to ignore the elected representatives of the people when they don’t agree,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Times said the agreement will infuriate Republicans who argue that Obama is abusing his executive authority while bypassing Congress.
If this agreement is approved, countries would be required to enact global warming policies. The deal would also include “voluntary” global wealth redistribution to poor countries.
Remember, Christiana Figueres, climate chief for the United Nations, said in January that Communism is the best mechanism for dealing with global warming. The reason is that democracy and representative governance is not a good model for dealing with non-existent global warming.
UN delegates will discuss the proposal at a meeting next month in New York and hope to draft the agreement in December while meeting in Lima, Peru.