The New York Times: “The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.
In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.
To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.”
Opinion: Since when does this president need Congress to get his transformation of America accomplished? There is no faster way to global governance than an international America/Israel hating body like the UN monitoring and regulating emissions.
And what better way to bring the lone superpower into average nation status than onerous climate regulation inhibiting the exploration and use of coal, natural gas and oil.
And as for Congressional ratification getting in the way, the NY Times points out that “American negotiators are instead homing in on a hybrid agreement — a proposal to blend legally binding conditions from an existing 1992 treaty with new voluntary pledges. The mix would create a deal that would update the treaty, and thus, negotiators say, not require a new vote of ratification.” Emphasis added.