Filed Under (The HELL You Say!) by admin on 15-06-2012

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) would establish a comprehensive legal regime for navigation and international management of oceanic resources. LOST is an unnecessary and fatally-flawed pact that would radically alter American law, allowing an international organization based in Jamaica to erode US sovereignty. Senators should oppose this treaty.

1.         LOST is Unnecessary because Navigation Rights are Already Guaranteed: General Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate “our ability to project force will not deteriorate” if the treaty is not ratified and the U.S. Navy will continue in the same manner it has since it was created.

2.         We Don’t Need Another Unaccountable International Bureaucracy: LOST establishes the International Seabed Authority (ISA), a new U.N.-style bureaucracy located in Kingston, Jamaica. As only one of more than 160 countries in the ISA, the U.S. would have limited authority over its decisions, and just like the U.N. General Assembly, proceedings at the ISA would be dominated by anti-U.S. interests.

3.         Don’t Redistribute U.S. Wealth to the “Developing World”: The U.S. currently enjoys full sovereignty over its entire continental shelf. It can claim all its mineral resources (e.g., oil and gas) and can collect royalty revenue from oil and gas companies for exploitation. If the U.S. joined LOST, Article 82 would require the U.S. to transfer a significant portion of those royalties to the ISA for “redistribution” to the developing world, including corrupt and despotic regimes.

4.         Another Backdoor Cap-and-Trade Scheme: If the U.S. ratifies this treaty, it would have to honor the treaty’s binding arbitration process concerning “maritime disputes.” Since carbon emissions are considered “pollution” by many in the international community, America could be compelled to implement a cap-and-trade scheme on those emissions, even over the objections of Congress and the American people.

DO NOT be silent!  Call your state representative now.  To find out who you should call, go HERE, and just type in your Zip code.


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