Treaty: A legally binding international agreement, such as the New START Treaty, that has to be ratified by the senate.
Accord: An international agreement, such as the Camp David Accords, that is not legally binding and does not have to be ratified by the senate.
Ordinarily, I am NOT a fan of presidential power expansion. But then, I’m not a fan of expanding anyone’s or any institution’s power. There’s too much power invested in too many incompetent fools already. (Case in point: any “red state” legislature you’d care to mention.)
However, as Hippocrates once said, “For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.” (i.e. “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”)
And, just in case you hadn’t noticed, work for an energy company, or you’re a “Bullshit Mtn.” fanboy, these are “desperate times”. The earth is undergoing rapid climate change, which will impact everything and everybody.
- Every reputable climate report seems to be worse than the one before.
- Almost every time we look at new data on glacial or ice sheet retreats, it’s growing faster than previously expected. (Check out “Chasing Ice” on Netflix, or rent it. It’s a gorgeous movie, but it should scare the heck out of you.)
- The oceans are starting to seep methane. (Lots of methane!) 570 new seeps were discovered off the Atlantic coast between 2011 & 2013.
- Almost every new computer projection increases the estimates of sea level rise.
- 97% of climate scientists agree that rapid climate change is happening. They also agree that humans are the culprits.
Meanwhile, we have a congress, mostly the House, with more than a few “fellow traveling” senators, sitting on their asses while the situation deteriorates.Of course, it’s merely coincidental (wink, wink) that congress has some of the highest paid “climate deniers”. (Check out their money trail leading back to the energy industry.)
Obama, and for that matter, the rest of the world’s leaders, knows he can’t get an effective climate treaty ratified by the senate. Hell, they never even ratified “Kyoto” and that was before the Repugnuts really went off the deep end.
“If you want a deal that includes all the major emitters, including the U.S., you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time.” Paul Bledsoe
Nowadays they wouldn’t even ratify a U.N. treaty on equal rights for the disabled that was negotiated by George “duh” and based on an American law. (Because of “black helicopters” and the “New World Order” and all that, I suppose.)
Since congress won’t get off their collective butt and do anything, the administration is planning an end run around the obstructionists. Instead of proposing a new treaty, they are working on an accord that would update the 1992 U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was ratified by congress.
International negotiators will meet next month in New York to work on the accord. They’re planning on drafting the accord in Peru in December and present it next year at their Paris meeting.
The New York Times broke the story Tuesday, and while the ink was still drying on the newsprint, the Repugnuts commenced their usual baying at the moon.
“Adolf Barack Stalin Hussein Obama is going to unilaterally push carbon emission controls on US companies without congressional approval.”
“King Obama strikes again – Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty”
“Oh No!! I don´t know how much more of this we can take!! Obama is pure, unadulterated evil! Can you say Agenda 21??”
I think I understand the rationale behind Obama’s move. Stay tuned. LOTS more to come.