4 additional senators have joined in opposition to LOST, including Mike Johanns (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). With 34 senators against the misguided treaty, LOST will not be ratified by the Senate this year.
Strong opposition is rising in the U.S. Senate to the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) that would subjugate American sovereignty to the whims of an international tribunal. To date, 30 Republican senators have signed onto a letter opposing LOST. It takes 67 votes to approve treaties in the Senate, so only 34 votes are needed to ensure defeat of this misguided treaty.
Why is LOST so harmful?
- It would act as a backdoor Kyoto Protocol, forcing us into cap and trade policies that would destroy jobs and harm our economy.
- It would cost the U.S. trillions of dollars in international royalties to nations including state sponsors of terror like Sudan and “undemocratic, despotic or brutal governments in Belarus, Burma, China or Zimbabwe.”
- Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton warned it would embolden China, “constrain U.S. naval activities, and do nothing to resolve China’s expansive maritime territorial claims.”
- Radical environmental groups have lined up in support of LOST.
- President Ronald Reagan strongly opposed the treaty as a threat to U.S. sovereignty.
So that’s good news.
It also appears the Obama administration won’t have the votes to pass the UN Small Arms treaty Chris Holton posted about here at The Hayride last week.
These would be examples of the Senate not being able to pass anything – and that’s a good thing. A great thing, in fact. You don’t want things to get passed in a Senate run by Harry Reid.
One thing which is incredibly sad, though, is that the American Petroleum Institute, made up of oil companies who would have to pay royalties to the UN, or whatever international agency LOST sets up, instead of the local government from whom they’d be basing their operations when drilling offshore, was not opposed to LOST and in fact, favored it. Why? Because the oil companies figured it would be more stable to deal with a bunch of UN diploweenies and OPEC slimeballs who’d be at the other side of the table than American politicians.