Secretary of State John Kerry was in New York to sign the global climate change agreement adopted with great fanfare in Paris. One hundred seventy-five nations sent representatives to the UN for a signing ceremony on Earth Day. Many of the 175 nations plan to submit the agreement to be ratified by their respective legislatures, but Obama has no plans to get the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. As Senator Mike Lee says, “The only reason President Obama is not sending the Paris Climate Agreement to the Senate as a treaty is that he knows the Senate would reject it.”
Lack of ratification is not stopping Obama from implementing “pledges” to reduce the use of carbon fuels. Obama’s Clean Power Plan regulation was temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court shortly before Justice Scalia died, but a host of other costly regulations are moving forward without resistance from the Republican Congress. At the very least, Senator Lee says, Congress should block any more payments to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, to which our taxpayers have already sent $500 million.
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