By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Ahead of President Donald Trump’s announcement on whether the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that leaving the agreement would be a slow process, taking up to three or four years,” Politico reported Thursday.
“It’s not possible that one leaves this climate agreement overnight, as some people in the United States think,” Juncker declared. “This takes three, four years — which is laid down in the agreement itself.”
“[T]he administration knew that a binding climate treaty would need to be voted on in the Senate,” the energy and environmental policy advocacy group the American Energy Alliance noted last August. “Instead, they worked hard to create a non-binding agreement, which they argue would not need to be ratified by the Senate (despite President Obama’s recent attempt to portray the agreement as a treaty). However, non-binding agreements by their very nature are non-binding for future administrations.”
The President, per Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.” That separation of powers is required because treaties, like “Laws … made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
Were that not so, John Kerry’s signature on the Arms Trade Treaty would have been enough to commit the United States to United Nations restrictions. Instead, “the omnibus government funding bill passed by the Congress … contained new prohibitions on the administration using any funds to implement the conventional arms treaty [and] 50 U.S. senators signed a letter to President Obama pledging not to give advice and consent to the ATT.”
“No, the Paris climate agreement isn’t binding. Here’s why that doesn’t matter,” left-wing Think Progress ventured. “Non-binding, though, does not mean meaningless.”
Evidently countries that are upset can use shaming and ostracizing techniques to create “social pressure.”
So yeah, expect the forces of reproach to go full throttle. Just ask yourself which you would rather have: U.S. sovereignty or the approval of some drunken Luxembourgian with delusions of global governance?
Still, there’s another wrinkle, and that’s the threat of “complicated lawsuits.” So it’s past time for the Republican-dominated Senate to strap ‘em on, support the president, reject the non-treaty and tell Jean Claude & Co. to get bent.
After all, we’ve already seen what he and his fellow Eurocrats think about the right of the people to keep and bear arms (they have it over there– it’s just not recognized as such by their rulers).
“Of course we would have liked to go further,”Juncker said about recently passed European citizen disarmament edicts. And he means for that control to be total, as his response to Donald Trump’s statement in support of BREXIT was to threaten to break up the United States, starting with Ohio and Texas.
This foreign interloper presumes to tell Americans what they can and cannot do?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.