President Obama’s plans to pass economy killing cap and trade regulations may have died in the Senate in 2010. But, if Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., gets his way, they will be resurrected after the presidential election.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday, Kerry announced that he would not be submitting the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea (LOST) before the November election. Instead, Kerry intends to hold a series of hearings before the election, building the case for passage, before pushing the treaty in a lame duck session. This is the exact same game plan Kerry executed to pass the New START treaty in the 2010 lame duck.
The Obama administration is billing LOST as a must-have national security tool. But the treaty was signed in 1982 and the United States Navy has been ably defending us without ever since. In fact, when asked by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., if national security would be at risk if LOST was rejected, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified flatly, “We will, of course, assert our sovereignty and our ability to navigate. … Our ability to project force will not deteriorate.”
So if the Navy doesn’t not need LOST for national security purposes, then why are Obama and Kerry pushing it so hard?
For the same reason President Bill Clinton did: to make environmentalists happy. When U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher submitted LOST to the Senate in 1994, he called it “the strongest comprehensive environmental treaty now in existence or likely to emerge for quite some time.” Many environmental activists agree. In fact, they have been waiting to use LOST to force cap and trade policies on the U.S. for years.