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    Senior Member Gerry Clinchy's Avatar
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    Default Another end run around Congress

    It would appear that even "owning" the Senate, the POtUS acknowledges he can't rally support for this kind of treaty.
    President Obama reportedly plans to do an end-run around Congress to forge an international climate change deal, effectively bypassing the Constitution's requirement to get the Senate's approval for a treaty.

    The New York Times reported that the agreement is slated to be signed at a United Nations meeting next year in Paris. However, because the U.S. Senate is unlikely to ratify any international climate treaty, Obama’s negotiators reportedly are working toward an alternative agreement – a “politically binding” deal that would serve in lieu of a bona-fide treaty.

    One expert with the Natural Resources Defense Council told the Times “there’s some legal and political magic to this.”

    The developments underscore the administration’s dim chances of being able to rally the constitutionally mandated two-thirds majority in the Senate to ratify a new international treaty. But at a time when the House already is suing the president over his alleged abuse of executive power, the move to go around Congress is likely to strike a nerve with lawmakers.

    "Once again, the president is trying to go around Congress and ignore Americans who cannot afford more expensive, extreme energy regulations," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a statement.
    Unaffordable energy is what it takes to reduce our economy to third-world status. Remember, Obama promised to send more coal to Africa because coal was the energy they could afford.

    The proposal was described as a hybrid – combining the legally binding conditions from an existing 1992 treaty with “new voluntary pledges.”

    By doing so, negotiators reportedly claim the new agreement would not require a ratification vote.
    Under the terms, co-signers would have to enact climate change policies but would be on the honor system for cutting to specific emissions levels and sending money to poor countries.
    However, by controlling the EPA, it won't be difficult to get whatever regulation POTUS wants. Congress doesn't get to approve EPA regulations, it would appear. EPA = the new IRS?
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    This is the penalty you are worried about "Countries might then be legally obligated to report their progress toward meeting those pledges at meetings held to identify those nations that did not meet their cuts."

    That once every couple of years we will have to tell the world if we did better or worse at cutting emissions? If I understand the article participation is not even mandatory either. I would probably impeach him for this one.
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