The Edmond Sun

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August 27, 2012

Inhofe opposes UN treaty

EDMOND — This year’s failure of the Law of the Sea Treaty is nothing new to Congress. Former President Ronald Reagan blocked the treaty in 1982.

President Barack Obama’s hopes for ratifying the treaty sank in July when both U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn were among the 34 Republican senators in opposition to the treaty. The 34 signatures are enough to keep the treaty from being ratified this year because 67 Senate votes are needed to ratify a treaty.

The Law of the Sea Treaty would give jurisdiction of 70 percent of the earth’s surface and air above it to the United Nations, Inhofe told The Edmond Sun.

“For the first time in the history of America it would give a multi-national group, the United Nations, the power to tax American people,” Inhofe said. “To me, that alone is reason to oppose this.”

Royalties paid by offshore energy companies to the U.S. would go to instead to the UN, Inhofe said.

The treaty also calls for wealth and technology transfers to Third World nations from the U.S. and other developed nations, according to the National Center for Public Policy Research. Nations would adhere to regulations to protect the marine environment from pollution.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said the U.S. would have permanent veto power over royalty payments by the International Seabed Authority, according to CBS News.

“The only reason the military is supporting it now is because the president is commander and chief of the military,” Inhofe said. “And I accused him of that in a John Kerry hearing just a few days ago. He wasn’t outraged. He put on a good show.”

Inhofe said that every time the UN acts against the best interests of the American people, such as global warming issues, that he is among a handful of people sending a letter of protest to the UN, threatening to withhold U.S. dues to the UN.

TO LEARN MORE about the Law of the Sea Treaty, go to http://www.unlawoftheseatreaty.org.

 

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