U.S. Republican Senators must unite to stop ‘Law of the Sea’ treaty to save U.S. sovereignty

May 21, 2012

Presently Senate Democrats are moving to seek ratification of the United NatIONS convention on the Law of the Sea, known simply as the Law of the Sea treaty, with approval sometime in June.   

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) has been lurking in the shadows for decades and pretends to be an effort to protect the world’s oceans from environmental damage and remove it as a cause of potential conflicts between nations. 

First proposed in 1982, Ronald Reagan refused to sign the treaty out of fear of what it might do to American sovereignty.  In 1994 President Clinton did sign a revised version of the bill, but the Senate never ratified it.  Although President George W. Bush endorsed the treaty in 1997, Senate Republicans vehemently opposed it.

Just what would ratification of the treaty mean for our nation?   The International Seabed Authority (ISA), a global body located in Kingston, Jamaica, would have the power to regulate 70% of the earth’s surface, placing seabed mining, fishing rights, and deep-sea oil exploration under the control of a global bureaucracy.

Article 81 of the treaty would require the US. and all nations to pay a portion of royalties from the use of the sea’s natural resources to the International Seabed Authority in Kingston, Jamaica.  If ratified this nation would be required to transfer part of any royalties realized from the drilling of oil resources found on the U.S. continental shelf — defined as 200 nautical miles or more from shore — for redistribution to poorer, landlocked countries.  This could amount to billions of dollars.

If the treaty should pass, Hugo Chavez’s CITGO could potentially steal our oil by setting up oil rigs ten miles off our coast. 

Even activities of the U.S. Navy would be under the control of the ISA.  The ISA could presumably tell the U.S. Navy where it could and could not go.  Freedom of navigation has always been a given for the U.S Navy!

So far161 countries have signed on to the LOST.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, John Kerry, has determined that this is the time to push for the treaty’s ratification while there is little attention being paid to legislative action. 
 
LOST is supported by the Obama administration and is in keeping with Obama’s progressive dream of farming out our national sovereignty to the United Nations.  LOST would further nurture and further Obama’s philosophy that this nation has too much power and wealth and that redistribution of wealth is not only fair but that it is also called for. 

There was a delay in bringing the LOST treaty to the Senate floor out of consideration for Sen. Richard Lugar (IN-R) who, as the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, believed that knowledge of his firm support of LOST would hurt his re-election chances.

As it was, Indiana Republican voters were wise to have handed Lugar his walking paper and to deny him his 7th term in office.  As a 35-year veteran of the Senate, Lugar was touted as a leading voice in foreign affairs.  Not well known is that Lugar throughout his career promoted a globalist agenda.  This accounts for why Democrats were so displeased when Lugar lost his senate seat to a solid Republican conservative, Richard Mourdock.  

Presently Kerry, backed by Lugar, is working behind the scenes to recruit Republican votes needed to ratify the treaty.  Kerry is seeking to sway the usual RINOS in the Senate, Maine’s lame duck senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, along with Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.  Once treaties are ratified and signed, they are even more difficult to get rid of than a newly created federal bureaucracy!  They have the impact of a constitutional amendment. 
 
Also working to pass LOST is former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, now a lobbyist with his partner former Democrat U.S. Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana.  Together they have formed the Breaux Lott Leadership Group.  According to lobbying reports filed this year, the firm is being paid $80,000 by Shell Oil company and another $30,000 by Pike Associates LLC to promote passage of the Law of the Sea Treaty.
 
While Trett Lott was Senate Majority Leader in 1997, he was opposed to the Law of the Sea Treaty having said that ratification “would put a number of our entities, including the private sector and the military in my opinion at the mercy of the U.N. bureaucracy.”  
 
On May 9th top defense leaders in the Obama administration joined the choir to ratify the United Nations Law of the Sea treaty.  Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes ratification “will strengthen America’s strategic position in Asia.” 
 
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta dismissed objections from treaty opponents that the treaty would restrict military operations and limit intelligence collection in territorial waters.     
 
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is urging his Senate colleagues to join him in opposing the Law of the Sea Treaty.  A May 10th article indicated that DeMInt has so far gathered 24 signatures on a letter he is circulating which is addressed but has not yet been sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  
 
Those signing the letter have agreed to oppose the treaty’s ratification when it comes to the Senate floor.  So far there are two dozen signatures, ten votes short of the 34 needed to kill the treaty.  They include:
 
Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona; Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma; Roy Blunt of Missouri; Pat Roberts of Kansas; David Vitter of Louisiana; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; John Cornyn of Texas; John Boozman of Arkansas; Rand Paul of Kentucky; Jim Risch and Mike Crapo of Idaho; Orin Hatch and Mike Lee of Utah; Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions of Alabama; John Barrasso of Wyoming; John Thune of South Dakota; Richard Burr of North Carolina; Saxby Chambliss of Georgia; Dan Coats of Indiana; John Hoeven of North Dakota and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
 
Even though our senior senator, Richard Durbin, is likely to vote for the Law of the Sea treaty, maybe somewhere deep inside Durbin is a sense of patriotism that will urge him to do the right thing.
 
Senator Durbin must be called and urged to vote “yes” on the treaty, as well as other Democratic senators who perceive it’s politically wise to drape themselves in Reagan’s cloak.  Tell Democratic senators to prove their new found Reaganesque by vowing to vote againg the treaty when it’s brought to the floor of the Senate as early as next month.
 
Retiring Republican Maine senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, along with Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, must likewise be contacted and urged to sign Senator Jon Kyl’s pledge letter, as well as other Republican senators who have not signed on to Kyl’s pledge.
 
A listing of all U.S. senators can be found at this website:     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_Senators

Following is contact information for U.S. senators:  http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/general/one_item_and_teasers/contacting.htm

Because of Senator Mark Kirk’s on-going recovery, unless he is back in Washington, D.C. in time to cast his vote, his vote either way would not be included . 
 
Even if Obama is not re-elected he hopes to have as a legacy a treaty that would give a U.N. body veto power over the use of U.S. territorial water and to which we’d be required to give half of our offshore oil revenue to third world countries. 
 
This underhanded action must be stopped!

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One Response to “U.S. Republican Senators must unite to stop ‘Law of the Sea’ treaty to save U.S. sovereignty”

  1. SilverKait Says:

    Here is something William C. G. Burns of the Monterey Institute of International Studies said about the LOST, that I *totally* take as a warning, whether or not Mr. Burns meant it that way:

    “Although the Kyoto Protocol has been viewed as a
    milestone in international climate change policy, its
    potential to stem the tide of environmental degradation
    may prove illusory on two fronts: first, the
    U.S. has declined to become a Party to the Protocol;
    and second, even full implementation by all industrialized
    States would *only modestly* affect atmospheric
    concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions.

    **In this context, climate change litigation in
    national and international fora is emerging as an
    alternative means by which to hold States and private
    actors accountable for climate change damages**.

    ******The United Nations Convention on the Law of
    the Sea (UNCLOS) is a promising instrument
    through which such action might be taken…”
    (asterisks added by silverkait.)

    In other words, the LOST is another attempt at an end run around the Congress and Citizens of the United States. An attempt to implement Kyoto protocols without our actually being a signatory of Kyoto.

    That alone is very good reason to suspect the rest of the deal (that is if having the endorsement and undergirdment of the UN wasn’t already enough).

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