03 Nov Copenhagen Protocol: UN’s New Attempt to Override National Sovereignty
Many of you may have recently seen a popular YouTube video of Lord Christopher Monckton, a former science advisor to Margaret Thatcher, discussing the dangers of President Obama’s possible signing of the Copenhagen Protocol. The four minute speech addressed to an audience in St. Paul, Minnesota does an excellent job of capturing the severity of the threat Copenhagen presents to the sovereignty of every nation. However, it is a bit misleading on some of the facts surrounding the process of ratification for UN documents and thus misrepresents the urgency of the situation.
As the protocol will have an enormous impact on both the economic health and national sovereignty of every nation, it is important that we are all educated on what Copenhagen is and how it will be ratified so that we may better oppose it.
So here are the facts:
What is the Copenhagen Protocol?
The Copenhagen Protocol is a UN treaty proposed under the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change. The purpose of this original treaty was to stabilize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through unified international efforts. Although the treaty itself does not set any mandatory emission limits, it does allow for updates, also known as “Protocols,” which can mandate country-specific GHG limits and designate enforcement mechanisms.
The Kyoto Protocol was the first of such updates. It set binding targets for GHG reductions in 37 industrialized countries and the European community. The United States famously withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol several years ago due to concerns about the negative economic impact of the drastic measures that would be necessary to meet the GHG target.
The draft of the Copenhagen Protocol that will be discussed and signed in the next few weeks expands the reach of the Kyoto Protocol and gives more power to unelected UN bodies to enforce these new standards. Recognizing that developed countries are principally responsible for the majority of GHG emissions currently in the atmosphere, the Kyoto Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations to reduce emissions. The Copenhagen Protocol builds on this distinction and promotes the redistribution of money from wealthier, more developed countries to underdeveloped nations. According to Copenhagen, this money would both assist developing countries to reach GHG targets and it would pay-off what is considered the developed world’s “climate debt,” which they have accumulated through disproportionate abuse of the environment.
How does Copenhagen impact you?
If ratified, the Copenhagen Protocol would have inordinately negative economic consequences for developed countries. First of all, the GHG limits mandated by Copenhagen would be disproportionately more stringent for developed countries, which would essentially result in individual nations placing a tax on all GHG emissions. This would put developed countries at a huge economic disadvantage and slow both innovation and growth.
Additionally, the tax imposed on developed nations by Copenhagen to pay off “climate debt,” would essentially amount to an international redistribution of wealth, overseen and mandated by the UN.
Furthermore, every nation that ratifies Copenhagen will abdicate part of its sovereignty to unelected UN officials. Once a country has ratified any UN treaty, the document often legally supersedes national laws and constitutions. With Copenhagen, unelected officials at the UN will simply appoint “authorities” to a committee that will oversee the development and enforcement of this now legally binding protocol.
How it is ratified?
In December, UN nations will gather in Copenhagen to negotiate and reach consensus on the Copenhagen Protocol. At this point individual nations will choose whether or not to become a signatory state to the treaty, giving it credence and effect. In many nations, this requires nothing more than the signature of the current leader.
In the United States, however, the President’s signature is only the first step towards ratification. The treaty must then be ratified by 2/3 of the Senate. Yet, if there was ever a time in which Copenhagen could be signed and ratified in the U.S., it is now. US ratification of Copenhagen would then give the treaty the credibility and momentum necessary to encourage other nations to do likewise.
What can you do?
The Copenhagen Protocol must be opposed for the economic health and freedom of every nation. The economic burden of the redistribution of wealth will be felt by families around the world. You can help prevent this by educating yourself further on what is happening at the UN. Then educate your friends, families and neighbors. What happens at the UN does effect you! Here at UFI, we will work to keep you updated as the negotiations develop. Keep informed and keep involved.
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