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  • Senator Webb to Obama on Copenhagen: Don’t Do Anything Congress Can’t Do

    While most Americans were out shopping on Black Friday, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) was busy sending a letter to Barack Obama with an important message for the president to take to Copenhagen: Don’t forget about us. Senator Webb’s letter to President Obama said the following:

    Dear Mr. President:

    I would like to express my concern regarding reports that the Administration may believe it has the unilateral power to commit the government of the United States to certain standards that may be agreed upon at the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The phrase “politically binding” has been used.

    Although details have not been made available, recent statements by Special Envoy on Climate Change Todd Stern indicate that negotiators may be intending to commit the United States to a nationwide emission reduction program. As you well know from your time in the Senate, only specific legislation agreed upon in the Congress, or a treaty ratified by the Senate, could actually create such a commitment on behalf of our country.

    I would very much appreciate having this matter clarified in advance of the Copenhagen meetings.”

    Although a House cap and trade bill narrowly passed this summer, there are more than enough reasons why cap and trade or any other carbon reduction scheme is not U.S. law right now. But the two big reasons are that it is prohibitively costly, thereby reducing economic growth and increasing unemployment, and it is highly ineffective, reducing the global temperature by only a fraction of a degree in a century’s time.

    Webb’s mention of the phrase “politically binding” is an important one since any international treaty is legally binding on the U.S. under the supremacy clause of the Constitution, and therefore by nature represents a potential erosion of our nation’s sovereignty. In a recent paper, Heritage Fellow Steven Groves outlines the sovereignty concerns that could result from a carbon reduction treaty agreed to in Copenhagen. He points out that multilateral treaties are much more dangerous than bilateral treaties since “the U.S. has less control over the final terms of multilateral treaties and thus less control over what obligations it has to the other treaty parties. The less control the U.S. has over the final terms of a treaty, the greater the possibility that the terms of the treaty will not comport with U.S. national interests.” Moreover, a post-Kyoto treaty’s “intrusive compliance and enforcement mechanisms; the inability to submit reservations, understandings, or declarations to its terms” are all reasons that legitimize Senator Webb’s concerns.

    You can read the rest of Groves’ paper, “The “Kyoto II” Climate Change Treaty: Implications for American Sovereignty” and the rest of Heritage’s work on Copenhagen here.

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    13 Responses to Senator Webb to Obama on Copenhagen: Don’t Do Anything Congress Can’t Do

    1. Charles, The Republi says:

      Surrendering any part of US sovereignty to a world government is TREASON, pure & simple.

    2. Freedom of Speech, T says:

      As if our economy is not suffering enough.

      As if the new tax increases will not burden us enough.

      As if the unemployment forecast is not bad enough.

      As if we don't have enough national security problems looming on the horizon.

      As if we even have any money in our treasury, which we don't.

      As if this entire global warming issue is nothing but a giant ripoff of primarily the American taxpayers and the Western world.

      PLEASE Mr. President – do not further erode the economic and fiscal health of this country!!!

      Your administration and this congress is doing enough damage without adding to it.

    3. L. Hodges says:

      When is Obama going to get the message that he is not the leader of the entire world. He has created enough problems here in the U.S. Cap and Trade and the Health Care Bill need to be put on the back burner until he can get our Economy and the 10+ unemployment under control. Both bills will cause many more problems than they will solve. I am not a Virginia Democrat,but thanks to Senator Webb for not going along with everything Obama wants. I am disappointed in Senator Mark Warner, who I thought was a good fiscally conservative governor, for not speaking up also. Senator Warner was a businessman, and I was hoping for better management in the Senate from him!

    4. Dan, Republic of Ari says:

      I'm with Charles. Impeechment is the only answer for this President's behaviour.

      Article II, section 4:

      "…shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.".

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    6. Bobbie Jay says:

      The President has committed all penalties for impeachment! Article ll, section 4! Good one, Dan!

    7. JOHN CHINN says:

      FINALLY ! THIS VIRGINIAN HAS A SENATOR WHO REPRESENTS HIM. I ASK ALL TO E MAIL OR FAX OR MONDAY CALL JIM WEBB AND THANK HIM FOR BEING THE FIRST DEMOCRAT SENATOR TO UNDERSTAND HE REPRESENTS AMERICA. NOT SOME FOREIGN POTENTATE. MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT STATE YOU ARE IN . THIS MAN DESERVES TO KNOW WE APPRECIATE HIS STAND. A TON OF E MAILS , FAXES AND CALLS WOULD STRENGTHEN JIM WEBB'S HAND. LET'S BACK HIM UP.

      JOHN CHINN

    8. Charles Sproull, Spr says:

      Unfortunately, look at what would happen if Obama were impeached. I'm not sure any in line for replacement in the impeachment process (2nd, 3rd, 4th place…) could improve the situation. I recommend that our President and all our senators and representatives read "Cliche's of Socialism" and the expose's of all their flawed, dishonest, myopic logic.

    9. Bill Flood says:

      The president hates America so much he is digging a hole so deep we may never be able to crawl out.

    10. Bill Flood says:

      Now the so-called "Cap-and-Trade" scheme, a part of the ongoing global warming hoax, is even more dangerous to our liberty and future! If enacted into law, reckless cap-and-trade policies will cost Americans millions of jobs and trillions of dollars.

      IT IS A HUGE TAX ON ENERGY – a tax on everything we use to heat, cook, drive, make, grow and DO!

      IT HURTS AMERICANS – the "Green Jobs" supposedly being created by this plan are a myth. The reality is countless Americans will see an exorbitant rise in gasoline and utility prices, jobs will be sent overseas where there are no environmental constraints, and our standard of living will be greatly diminished.

      IT IS BASED ON FAILING SCIENCE – more and more skeptical scientists from around the world are debunking Al Gore's alleged "consensus" about man-made global warming. Did you know over 31,000 scientists now say "there is no convincing scientific evidence" that man-made carbon emissions are having any significant impact on planetary temperatures? In other words, those scientists see no evidence of a climate crisis!

      IT WILL NOT HELP THE ENVIRONMENT – Even President Obama's own Environmental Protection Agency admits the policies imposed by cap-and-trade will have no detectable impact on global CO2 levels or temperatures.

      CAP-and-TRADE is ALL PAIN NO GAIN – "All pain" to American citizens with "no gain" to the environment or our economy.

    11. Chris N, Albuquerque says:

      Dan and Bobbie, sounds like a good Idea, one problem, the far left owns both houses of congress and that will not happen on their watch. The best we could hope for is one of the two houses come back into the control of the right. Then and only then would we have a chance.

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    13. Betty Casteel says:

      Thanks so much for standing up for the Virginians,

      Mark Warner certainly didn't.

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