King Obama strikes again – Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

king_obamaA reaction from Pat Michaels follows. From the NYT article: Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

“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,” said Paul Bledsoe, a top climate change official in the Clinton administration who works closely with the Obama White House on international climate change policy.

Lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill say there is no chance that the currently gridlocked Senate will ratify a climate change treaty in the near future, especially in a political environment where many Republican lawmakers remain skeptical of the established science of human-caused global warming.

Read full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/us/politics/obama-pursuing-climate-accord-in-lieu-of-treaty.html?_r=0

Former Virgina State Climatologist and Cato Institute Director of the Center for the Study of Science Dr. Pat Michaels reacts:

When it comes to climate change, President Obama surely thinks he is king, subject to absolutely no advice and consent from our elected representatives.

The President clearly believes that a 2007 Supreme Court decision on greenhouse gases empowers him to completely bypass the Senate, including signing on to what is clearly a new United Nations treaty effectively limiting our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, without the necessary two-thirds vote required by the Constitution. And, while the nations of the world will clearly ignore such a treaty, he will impose whatever regulations he sees fit without approval of Congress.  Sweeping regulation without legislative representation borders on tyranny, and it is doubtful that what he is proposing will ever stand a court challenge.

 

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In this case that would be Emperor Obama.
And mann is he naked.

Eve

Let him freeze this coming winter. Turn electricity off in the White House.

Katherine

Right! Isn’t the White House supplied by coal-burning power plants? Shut them down during winter and let him feel the pain. EPA regs, you know.

mjc

Problem is, if you turn off the electricity to the White House over the winter, it’s only the support staff that will suffer…O will just visit the old homestead, in Hiwaii…

Gregory

Clinton did it with Sustainable Development in the 1990’s

hunter

Ouch.

HGW xx/7

Honestly, let him do it; I would love for him to. He is playing to the left-wing voters, and just as the Republicans have lost while pandering to the “Moral Majority”, the Dems will lose playing to the Watermelons. Not to mention that this is something the judicial branch would love to jump all over.
This may sting now, but trust me, this will be a loser for them in the long run. He is forgetting that Americans do not like answering to an international authority, especially if they haven’t been asked first. If the frequently egalitarian Australians can kick the Carbon Tax, I have no doubt we can do likewise. He is testing the public and will lose on this.

rogerknights

I agree his hubris is setting him up for nemesis. But there’s more to this than meets the eye, I suspect. Remember that it was Green party votes that cost Gore the election in 2000. If the Green party ran again, it might have the same effect. Greens were frustrated by Obama’s relative inaction on this matter during his first term and a bit thereafter. They might have gone to bigshots in the Democratic party and threatened to run again unless Obama got serious about the issue.

James H

Would anyone have standing to bring a court challenge? If Congress can’t sue (we’ll see how that works out eventually), and it’s a separation of powers type of case, is there actually any remedy?

D.J. Hawkins

Since this effort is being made entirely in the political sphere, there’s no constitutional issue to be raised. He’s saying that he’ll sign onto an international agreement basically as an individual and then try to use moral suasion to secure the necessary domestic legislation. At the point he tries to secure domestic compliance is where the separation of powers issues are likely to rise from the depths, especially if he tries to use the EPA to enforce the international limits. That would seem to be a clear case of usurping the treaty provisions of the US constitution.

It is in the constitution. Impeachment. That is the recourse. But democrats are slavish to party loyalty. So nothing will come of it.

Why, oh why? CO2 is our friend, it helps stabilize our climate and ecosystem.
What then is this “Carbon Pollution”?
A sinister, evil collusion?
CO2, it is clean,
Makes for growth, makes it green,
A transfer of wealth, a solution.
http://lenbilen.com/2014/02/22/co2-the-life-giving-gas-not-carbon-pollution-a-limerick-and-explanation/

Michael C. Roberts

Final test – only to original comment, not to successive….

Is it 2016 yet?

dp

This sounds like an alternative ending for the movie “Blazing Saddles”.

elrica

Thanks, I needed that today

Obama’s next heist on the American People is “Climate Change” caused by his fruitless works of GeoEngineering technology and Weather Wars .

willnitschke

So it’s not really a treaty. It’s more like an aspirational wish list.

spetzer86

If your aspiration is to be cold and hungry while sitting in the dark.

Allen

Bammy is legacy shopping, but not to worry; everything King Bammy touches turns into lead.

asybot

In his mind it is only one step away from turning it into gold.

MarkW

That don’t smell like lead to me.

Mark Luhman

I think someone is talking about adult bovine, oh never mind.

It’s time for the gutless skeptics who turn color when the left-wing political ID of the climate change movement is mentioned to grow a spine. Babbling about spaghetti charts and “it’s about science” is going to land you and your children in an Obama reeducation camp. It’s a terror act but it is clarifying.

Peter,
If you think even winning the “science” debate on this singular topic is going to stop a 50 year trend of redefining science for a political propaganda and social control purpose through largely leftist academics and education enclaves you are seriously deluded. Delingpole and Morano have the tone of the issue correct, Anthony Watts contributes but often hedges the core reality of climate agenda motives.
I weary of the science “Vestal Virgins” on either side of course, they’re more successful for climate totalitarians since academia is another left-wing enclave like media (therefore having the most air time, authority based on numbers and the podium) but the would-be skeptic replacement models just aren’t in touch with reality. There is never going to be a “proof” either way and we now live in society that will take the word of “experts” if it fits their political outlook. If science dominated none of this would ever have happened. I’m not going to reject one set of robes and political mysticism for an alternative group of claiming chastity for “science”. Really?…..Spare me. Tactically, this has been a losing plan for 50 years. Billions absconded, massive political force garnered while the entire debate was forced on the terms climate statist’s demanded.

Are we witnessing the end of the American Republic?
Or just the end of the Constitution as the basic law of the United States?
Or the final stage of the metamorphosis of the American presidency into the Imperial Presidency?

latecommer2014

Or the next impeachment?

more soylent green!

NOT gonna happen. Not that it shouldn’t mind you, but it won’t happen. Can you imagine what would happen if Republicans — the “old white man’s party” proceeds with impeaching the first black president?

Yea, and Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz are the biggest caspers among them!

The irony (of many) is that changing the Senate will only make the world and our declining democracy even more precarious. Just as George Bush passed massive appeasing legislation such as No-Child, Free Medicare Drugs and increased domestic pork spending. The new Senate will elevate climate RINO’s like McCain and Graham and actually will promote more of the same deal making. Sadly, Greenshirt policy is always triangulated which means the stake will not be driven into the heart of climate fraud policy for one thing.
Truthfully, we never recovered from the FDR excesses and the WW2 central planning culture. Individual rights for most just are a secondary consideration in this global order. Climate totalitarianism is just a symptom of the broader decline. The Federal Reserve, global fiat monetary management, U.N. internationalism were much earlier designs of democratic decline. All fruit of the same poisoned tree as climate authoritarianism.

The sworn duty of the President of the United States is to uphold the Constitution. There is no greater responsibility. The President has no responsibility to save the world. That is nowhere in his duties. His responsibility starts and ends with “We the People of the United States,” Impeachment is the legally required remedy for a President that is unwilling to uphold the US Constitution.

Bunch

TO IMPEACH MUST WIN SENATE 2014

SMC

Impeachment will never happen… at least, conviction and removal from office won’t happen. The House might impeach the president but it would be pretty meaningless without the Senate to remove him. There is no way, barring the miraculous, republicans will win enough seats in the Senate to remove the President from office.

It would have to be miraculous. The republicans would need to pick up 22 seats. There are only 20 democrat seats up for election this year.

Impeachment would be political disaster for the GOP, even if the IRS emails were recovered with a direct link to Whitehouse orchestration and cheer-leading. Even if Benghazi is directly linked to covert terrorist funding. Even if gun running to drug cartels were shipped with the WH UPS account numbers.
This is a post normal world you’re living in. 1950’s morality isn’t the way and you have to consider who controls most of the media operatives. This was all true in 1974 as well, it wouldn’t have happened to a democrat then or now.
Winning the Senate could be a disaster for the “stupid party” that fully deserves that label.

Barbara

Impeachment is not worth the problems this would cause throughout the U.S.
Two more years of this seems like a long time right now but best in the end, IMO.

joelobryan

AW wrote: Why, oh why? CO2 is our friend, it helps stabilize our climate and ecosystem.
What then is this “Carbon Pollution”?
cuz that’s the way it works
————-
… and it feeds tasty plants like hops and barley, that even tastier beverages. Beverages that have neat liitle gas bubbles, that fizz out, and then go on to fertilize more hops and keep us warm and sane.
CO2 is our Friend.

you cannot realistically pursue a legally binding treaty at this time
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correction: you cannot legally pursue a binding treaty at this time

Ken L.

Greenhouse gas reduction is looking more and more like the unilateral disarmament of the 21st century, only it’s our economy instead of national defense that’s at risk.

Streetcred

🙂 Tell that to ISIS and its associated felons.

I agree with fredberple

joelobryan

on a more realistic point to this thread.
If the executive branch tries to impose an anti-carbon rule from a Paris Accord by regulation, any injured party has immediate grounds to seek emergency injunctive relief from a federal court. Not having obtained a 2/3 Senate ratification will result in granting said injunction.

Leonard Lane

You forgot that that Chief Justice Rodgers told the Solicitor General that if Obama would quit denying Obamacare was a tax and admit it is a tax, then it would be legal. The Obama Administration said it was a tax and then John Roberts voted with the leftists and Obamacare became a tax law and legal. He is as much in Obama’s back pocket as is Speaker of the House John Boehner. With Obama’s control of the Speaker and the Chief Justice and Harry Reid, no impeachment, cutting off funds, or anything else will happen. Sad for our country, but Obama will stay and prevail.

rogerknights

“Who is CJ Rogers?”
He meant Roberts.

MarkW

There’s another problem with declaring ObamaCare a tax. By the constitution ALL tax legislation must originate in the House. ObamaCare originated in the Senate.

Owen in GA

MarkW,
Actually, the Senate took an unrelated House bill on some obscure tax and subsidy and “amended” it by replacing the 2 or three pages of text with the 2000 pages of the ACA. So “technically” it originated in the House. It is still a pile of stuff which comes from the south end of a north bound bull, but the “origination clause” challenge won’t work.

hunter

You forgot the most important word, “IF”.
If a judge would even hear the complain.
If a judge would rule according to the law.
If Mr. Obama would bother to obey the Judge’s ruling according to the law.

President Obama surely thinks he is king
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No, he sees himself as the Messiah, the Savior. The False Hope and Change.

rogerknights

Mencken called it “the messianic delusion.” It’s fairly common.

Tim

Watch for a global Carbon Tax administered by the UN. Now there’s a nice little earner.

Patrick

There already is a UN controled “climate fund” worth $100b of which until recently, 10% of the Australian “price on carbon” contributed.

When the Great Deceiver loses popular support he will attempt to rule by decree. 7 years he will be on the world stage and then disappears. pg

Scott

Rallying cry for the 2016 elections, thinks it will play well, the dems can run on their concern for the climate etc etc…all about 2016, nothing more

rogerknights

Yes, it’s about 2016–to ensure that the Green Party doesn’t run a candidate and split the leftist vote, as happened in 2000.

John piccirilli
August 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm
Is it 2016 yet?

We will probably get a choice between the Climate Change Party and the Prohibition Party. I don’t think I’d care to party with either.

p.g.sharrow August 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm
When the Great Deceiver loses popular support he will attempt to rule by decree. 7 years he will be on the world stage and then disappears. pg
>>>>>>>>>>>.
Beware. Obama is by world politics standards a young man. He is unlikely to fade away. Consider for example that at some point Ban Ki Moon will retire or otherwise be replaced. Obama has plenty of places he could show up in and continue to blunder from one international crisis to the other, seemingly oblivious to his own failures.

I do not make prophecy, I report it.
Just buy popcorn and see if it is truth or speculation. 😉 pg

Harry Passfield

David: We (in the UK) said much the same about Blair. Fortunately it has not (yet) come to pass and the longer it takes the more the scales are falling from the eyes of his disciples. One can but hope that Obama will just fade away.

MarkW

Under the by-laws of the UN, no one from one of nations with permanent seats on the security council can be Secretary General.
Then again, we’ve already discovered that rules don’t apply to Obama.

timg56

The UN can have him.

anthony, Be careful not to alennate yourself by taking a political position in a scientific debate.

Hans Erren:
You have to take a position when the President is an idiot when it comes to climate/weather. Do you agree that CO2 is pollution?? The President does.

MarkW

Is it a political position to note that the president is breaking the law?

I believe Anthony is taking a political position, based on science, in a political debate that is not based on science.
Seems appropriate to me.

dp

The climate debate has little to do with science. Our imperial president understands that – so too should we all.
This move is what happens when the part of our nation’s founding documents that begin with “We the people…” are ignored.

That’s exactly correct dp, it’s time to throw over the nerd “it’s only/mostly a science dispute” that many skeptics religiously adhere to. It’s always been clueless but at a moment like this it’s very clear. They’re like the Roman Legion commanders shouting forward into the valley at Cannae. There’s a 50 year track record of losing ground by discounting political motives that actual drive the climate agenda.
I refer to them as the Science Vestals, they have the potential to completely fail. The debate is too important to look at these people as leaders which they aren’t.

Hans,
Exactly the delusional mantra of “it’s about science” that is completely false in regard to the climate war. The minute you accept this premise the high ground of the battle goes to the establishment which in this case is left-wing media and academia supporting its government counterparts.
Like many lukewarmer skeptics Anthony fears the label often at the expense of the truth. AGW is a left-wing greenshirt movement at the core. Without that reality in the discussion there is no truth regarding “facts”.
More truth, less worrying about politically correct protocols.

timg56

Hans,
What is the scientific debate you refer to? A story on POTUS planning on signing a UN agreement is purely political, regardless of the subject matter.

Frank K.

Hans Erren – unfortunately, climate change IS a POLITICAL debate, with negative consequences for the citizens.
I’m glad this news is getting out now ahead of the 2014 elections in the U.S. All of the Democrats would just LOVE to campaign on climate change…[heh!]

Obama’s tactics and instincts are fairly opportunistic. He’s firing up his base while slitting the RINO’s from the reformers in the GOP. He’ll get more done with clowns like McCain and Graham in leadership positions then he is getting right now.
The GOP and many “skeptics” share the same affliction. They play the game like losers.

CodeTech

I’m pretty sure if the big zero comes knocking on Canada’s door, he will be given a response that has something to do with pounding, and something about sand.
And Hans, there is no “scientific debate”. This isn’t about science anymore, if indeed it ever was. It’s ONLY about politics. Nobody with even the slightest awareness of Science would believe this whole CAGW thing.

Daryl M

Anthony, just wanted to point out a typo in the title of this post. I believe you accidently missed the leading apostrophe and capitalized the k. I think it should be ‘king Obama. 😉

rogerknights

It’s standard usage that titles are capitalized when they precede the name of the title-holder. Lower case would be correct only in, “Obama, king of the wild frontier.”

M Courtney

I think the apostrophe was masking a crude epithet of which “-king” was the suffix.

cnxtim

I prefer the title; it puts this jerk from Capone organised crime central into perspective for me…

dp

I prefer imperious president. No caps.

They can make symbolic gestures till the cows come home, but until it is ratified by the Senate it is simply a far-left, feel-good, political gesture – not binding on anyone except the willing clowns.

Absolutely incorrect. The EPA has the power to write and enforce any regulation it wants with respect to CO2/AGW since CO2 has already been defined as a pollutant. Thus any UN agreement can be forced upon the American people against their will by the EPA. As long as the Dems control the senate, there will be NO WAY to rein in the EPA. Almost ALL Dems believe that AGW is the greatest threat that mankind has ever faced. Thus any agreement will have the full force of law, even if it needs to be enforced at gun-point.

The “Glib-Lib-Rename-Game” in action. If the people get upset about you doing “X”, simply rename it to “Y”, and claim “See.. I’ve stopped doing ‘X’, I’m now doing ‘Y'”.
No, it’s not government-mandated racial discrimination, it’s “affirmative action”.
No, it’s not confiscation of property without due process, it’s “civil forfeiture”.
No, these guys aren’t backdoor cabinet appointees, they’re “Czars”.
No, it’s not a backdoor treaty, it’s an “accord”.

michaelspj

The Administration’s long game is that it really doesn’t care if Demos lose the Senate. After all, cap and trade cost them the House in 2010. The President clearly feels that no one–including the Supreme Court–is going to stop him, thanks to the SCOTUS interpretation of the Clean Air Act in its 2007 decision Mass. v. EPA. And the thinking in Washington (if such a thing can be said to happen here) is that Hillary will win in 2016 and continue down the same road. According to their logic, who therefore needs the silly legislative branch, anyway?
But this new UN proposal is a bridge too far. Some injured party is going to come forward and the courts will be compelled to put a stop to this nonsense. At Cato, the estimable Chip Knappenberger and I have worked for years putting together a record of federal filings on the abuse of science by the current Administration (the previous one was no prize, either) in anticipation of that coming day. Hopefully our long game will eventually beat theirs.

Thank you for service, your efforts in that direction.

latecommer2014

May I be the first injured party? This has turned my stomach!

In fact, losing the Senate helps the long-game for Obama as the entire campaign of 2016 will be marketed about “do-nothings” ala Truman 48′. It also elevates RINO’s such as McCain and Graham both of whom are deal making disasters similar to George Bush Jr.
The GOP consensus is that green issues must be triangulated for the general public. Hence it’s always a matter of social decline and only a question of degree. Obama fires up the base and the GOP remains spineless. Similar to many in the skeptic community.

Ken L.

Will there be specific adverse consequences if the US does not abide by this agreement ? If the answer is “yes” , the semantic argument can be flushed down the drain and the “accord” will be found unconstitutional by the courts.

michaelspj

The first paragraph of the NYT article uses the verb “compel”. According to Dictionary.com, here are the definitions:
verb (used with object), compelled, compelling.
1.
to force or drive, especially to a course of action:
“His disregard of the rules compels us to dismiss him.”
2.
to secure or bring about by force.
3.
to force to submit; subdue.
4.
to overpower.
Any of those would surely require the consent of the Senate via its treaty authority.

starzmom

This reply is to Peter–While the Constitution requires Senate ratification to make a treaty binding on the country (and subsequent passage of US statutes to enact the terms of the treaty into law), Obama apparently plans to just have his minions write regulations that will accomplish the same thing. No, it is not legal, but he has done it before, and likely will do it again, unless he is vigorously challenged in the courts.

Jim might settle for just a beach hut instead.

President Obama will save the world from Climate Change but he cant save the Kurds ,the Jews and the Christians in Iraq and Syria.

H.R.

True, but The One can only do so much between rounds of golf, so He has to pick and choose his battles ;o)

Pat Frank

… the established science of human-caused global warming.
Proof positive that none of these people understands the meaning of “science.”

Peter Miller

For a good analogy to this, look no further than Mao’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ in 1958.
Guaranteed economic disaster from similar minded idealists, determined to leave their mark on history.

Greg Goodknight

The rest of the world will be well aware that the US will not ratify this, just like Kyoto. An empty gesture.

Rob

Interesting that he would be so hell
bent on a non existent item, yet
oblivious to very real ones …eg “Global
Terrorism”.

JLC

How likely is it that other nations would agree to let the US “compel” them to do anything? Especially things that would damage their own economies?
This agreement is an empty gesture made for internal US political reasons..

RHL

From Federalist Paper 75 on the subject of treaties by Alexander Hamilton.
“However proper or safe it may be in governments where the executive magistrate is an hereditary monarch, to commit to him the entire power of making treaties, it would be utterly unsafe and improper to intrust that power to an elective magistrate of four years’ duration.”
Hamilton was prescient about future presidents making “utterly unsafe” decisions about treaties which is why the Constitution requires two-thirds vote to ratify.

saveenergy

Shouldn’t the title start with “Wan” (:>))

SAMURAI

The emperor is wearing no clothes, which could make things rather chilly when CAGW doesn’t quite pan out as BHO’s science advisors are suggesting…
Isn’t it ironic that the death of the US constitution coincides with the demise of the CAGW hypothesis?
Obama could not have picked a worse time to impose $100’s of billions of CO2 rules and regulations on top of the $1.75 trillion/yr in business rules and regulation compliance costs that already exist. To make matters worse, US corporate taxes at 40% are already the highest in the industrialized world…
I have a tremendous amount of respect for US businessmen that are able to turn a profit, despite all the damage the US government inflicts on them. I couldn’t put up with it and set up my business overseas…
Obama calls US businessmen that move their operations overseas to avoid US anti-business legislation and taxes “traitors”…. I call it survival; like Burger King is trying to do now….
It’ll be interesting to see how this unconstitutional power grab works out…

Non Nomen

Allen
August 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm
Bammy is legacy shopping, but not to worry; everything King Bammy touches turns into lead.
____________________________________
I hope it will not turn into lead. Cow manure would be more adequate. It’s sustainable and you can heat with it when dry.

Dr Burns

The rise of a dictator.

Indeed Dr, another attempt to establish the New nWorld Order,

M Courtney

Russia is a permanent member of the UN security council. It has a veto.
It also has an economy that is largely dependent on fossil fuels. (As does China).
So this is irrelevant.
President Obama can play to his gallery all he wants and never threaten the US Constitution or economy.
He knows this will never get through Paris.

asybot

Anthony, I asked a day or so ago about the like ? dislike option and you replied that most people on the site did not like it. My opinion on the reply feature IT IS WAY WORSE! It is terrible , please go back to the original set-up, at least it gave people time to formulate an ( thought out) answer after thinking.

M Courtney

I agree.
It’s hard to spot the order of ideas as they appear up and down the thread.
But, your house – your rules, of course.

steveta_uk

Huh? In what way does the “reply” feature prevent you from thinking before answering?

rogerknights

The Reply feature has an obvious downside. (If WP would prominently “highlight” comments that are new since one’s last visit that problem would be solved.) The upside is that it is easier to make sense of threads after they’ve cooled down, and it is easier to make comments. One needn’t copy the name and text of the commenter one is responding to down into one’s own comment, and put blockquotes around it. I think more people will post comments as a result.

rogerknights

PS: Another benefit: comments that go into moderation are less likely to get missed, because more people will scan backwards a bit from the last comment they read when they make a second visit to a thread.

M Courtney

But the three tiers and your out rule leaves “the last word” up to a game of sophist skills rather than the conclusion of a debate.

The danger is that the rest of the world will sign on to the dismal Treaty of Paris (if they don’t do it a year earlier in Lima in the hope of catching everyone off guard), and then wait till an eventual “Democrat” majority in the Senate makes ratification possible.
The essential step is to demand that an escape clause such as that in the Kyoto Protocol is included, allowing any nation to resile from the treaty on giving notice to the depositary state. Then, at least, the damage done by the treaty will be limited to the few remaining years before it becomes plain even to scientifically-illiterate governments that there is no need to do anything about CO2 except welcome it.

rogerknights

Very good about the escape clause. How could Democrats successfully (with the public) argue against a provision that is basically “precautionary”?
Re: “an eventual “Democrat” majority in the Senate makes ratification possible.” It requires a 2/3 majority to approve a treaty. (Although a bare majority might approve something that isn’t called a treaty.)
What I’m worried about is that China and India will be cozened into signing this agreement even though they will ignore its requirements and/or fudge their figures. (It’s a good thing that CO2-emissions-sensing satellite has gone up, as it will help detect such fudging.) I’ve suspected for years that something like this is in the works, based on warmists’ optimism about a 2015 treaty and about China’s supposed intentions to go green.

Harry Passfield

Christopher: I know that here in the UK we have a convention that one parliament cannot constrain the next (perhaps you could explain that one a bit more), but do they have the same thing in the US?

Owen in GA

Actually, that is the reason almost every “balanced budget” plan fails in the US. The “planners” pretend to balance in ten years by putting off any REAL cuts until the 7th, 8th, or 9th years. The low information voters eat it up – “someone is finally doing something about the deficit!” they exclaim every time. The problem is budgeting is an annual thing so when time to make the cuts comes around, the new congress (who have grown to like the perks) decides they don’t want to be the stealer of the freebies and vote for their continued election. Thus one congress cannot bind the next, though the “entitlement” spending was set up with a poison pill attached – its spending is automatic year on year unless the congress affirmatively votes to remove said spending, thus making it immortal. No one wants to give the opposition the ability to say you stole grandma’s lunch even if there is a better way to get grandma that lunch.

Mark T

Democrats already have a majority, though, as Roger notes, that is not sufficient, It is a pretty safe bet their majority will shrink, too, if not reverse, in the coming elections.
Mark

hunter

Think on what Mr. Obama is doing to us and then reflect on:
“The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Except possibly what Jennifer Marohasy is doing in Australia, and what has happened in Canada with their reform and move away from AGW fanaticism no western nation or organization has taken any meaningful steps back from climate madness. Mr. Obama does not care. He “knows” he is right. He does not need data or facts or ethics to sustain his beliefs.
He knows how to control the public square in ways we have never seen in this nation’s history.

Proud Skeptic

Here is some video of Obama meeting with his advisors right before he decided to pursue the climate accord

cedarhill

As Katherine @ August 27, 2014 at 12:06 am and michaelspj @ August 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm
it’s all about the powers Congress has delegated to the Executive. They use the phrases such as “the Secretary will determine”. The Affordable Care Act is full of such phrases which is how those thousands of pages of “regs” arrived on your doorstop along with your latest health insurance bill. But consider Obama has virtually eliminated coal using the EPA and trashes the oil industry using Keystone. It’s no likely Obama needs Congress to do anything given the wordsmithing the Executive Branch has developed over the years using those broad delegations. Maybe Boehner sues? Laughable.
So, what does Obama really mean regarding “politically binding”? It’s very simple. The Left needs their base to be “motivated”. It’s all just a variation of one of their main campaign themes. This one, if you’ve not noticed is “save the planet” which sometimes morphs to “save the planet for our children” and has a current morphing into “fight the war on women by saving the planet for our children”. Whatever it takes to movivate the base to get out and vote in 2016. This has worked in the past, is working today (and will surely “get out the vote” for them in the upcoming Presidential election cycle, full of “nonsense” phrases.