Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) Update

Michelle Malkin posts a great article on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).   From her article:

The persistent transnationalists who drafted LOST favor creation of a massive United Nations bureaucracy that would draw ocean boundaries, impose environmental regulations and restrict business on the high seas. They’ve tinkered with the document obsessively since the late ’60s, enlisted Presidents Clinton and Bush, and recruited soon-to-depart GOP Sen. Dick Lugar to their crusade. Ignore the mushy save-the-planet rhetoric. Here’s the bottom line: Crucial national security decisions about our naval and drilling operations would be subject to the vote of 162 other signatories, including Cuba, China and Russia.

While our sovereignty would be redistributed around the world, most of the funding for the massive LOST regulatory body would come from — you guessed it! — the United States. Forbes columnist Larry Bell reports that “as much as 7 percent of U.S. government revenue that is collected from oil and gas companies operating off our coast” would be meted out to “poorer, landlocked countries.” This confiscatory act of environmental justice would siphon billions, if not trillions, away from Americans. International royalties would be imposed; an international tribunal would be set up to mediate disputes. There would be no opportunity for court appeals in the U.S.

Read her full article at the link above.

Update regarding Indiana Senators:

The office of Senator Coats has stated the Senator currently does not support passage of the treaty.  While this is good news coming from our soon to be senior Senator, do not assume these words to be written in stone.  Please continue to call Senator Coats office and encourage him to hold fast against ratification.

Senator Lugar’s office acted as though no vote was on the horizon for LOST, giving the impression that the call was a waste of time.  The office was asked to relay to the Senator, that the constituent calling was not in favor of ratification for LOST. Interestingly the next day, a forwarded email found it’s way into NIPats mail box from a concerned patriot.  The email  was from Andy Fisher, Senior Advisor to U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and Senior Professional Staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the email touted the benefits of LOST via an informational release from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Statement UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.  For the Senator’s office to claim ignorance on a potential vote for ratification while sending out this email on queries from constituents does not add up.  Here are sections of the email:

Every year that goes by without the U.S. joining the Convention results in deepening our country’s submission to ocean laws and practices determined by foreign governments without U.S. input.   Our Navy and our ocean industries operate every day in a maritime environment that is increasingly dominated by foreign decision-making.  In almost any other context, the Senate would be outraged at subjecting Americans to foreign controls without U.S. input.

What many observers fail to understand about Law of the Sea is that the Convention already forms the basis of maritime law regardless of whether the United States is a party.  International decisions related to resource exploitation, navigation rights, and other matters will be made in the context of the Convention whether we join or not.  Because of this, there is virtual unanimity in favor of this treaty among people who actually deal with oceans on a daily basis and invest their money in job-creating activities on the oceans.

By not joining the treaty, we are abetting Russian ambitions in the Arctic.  We are making the job of our Navy more difficult, despite the longstanding and nearly unanimous pleas of Navy leaders that U.S. participation in Law of the Sea will help them maintain navigational rights more effectively and with less risk to the men and women they command.  We are turning our backs on the requests of important American industries that use the oceans and must abide by rules established under this Convention.  We are diminishing our chances for energy independence by making U.S. oil and gas exploration in international waters less likely.  And we will not even be able to participate in the amendment process to this treaty, which is far more likely to impose new requirements on our Navy and ocean industries if the U.S. is absent.

This ignores that fact of the United States being a sovereign nation.  By stating that the delayed ratification of treaty the United States must submit to  foreign governments , the Senator’s office again aligns itself with the bureaucratic nightmare of the United Nations over the self-defining nature of our republic.

As Malkin ends her column:

It is not hyperbole to expose LOST’s socialist roots. Meddling Marxist Elisabeth Mann Borgese, the godmother of the global ocean regulatory scheme, made no bones about it: “He who rules the sea,” she exulted, “rules the land.” LOST is a radical giveaway of American sovereignty in the name of environmental protection. And it should be sunk once and for all.

Patriots should continue to call the Senators offices and request they do NOT vote to ratify LOST.


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