The Surprise at Copenhagen

By David Boehmer
The American Thinker
December 15, 2009

It is only logical that President Obama will sign any Copenhagen climate change treaty that may result from this week’s negotiations. His worldview demands it. His past statements and ongoing actions presage it.

Obama believes in AGW (anthropogenic or man-made global warming) theory. He believes in “economic and social justice,” and that logically leads to “climate justice.” He may believe that the U.S. owes a “climate debt” to the rest of the world. What better way to lead the charge than to carry the ultimate banner of the radical left — wealth redistribution — under the auspices of the “crises of climate change.” AGW even has victims: “climate refugees.”

Many doubt Obama’s ability to legally commit to a binding treaty and obligate the United States. The possibility, however, prompted Senator Webb to issue a letter to President Obama reminding him not to sign any treaty in Copenhagen. The letter cautioned him to make no make commitments that will not pass the Article II treaty ratification framework under the Constitution requiring a supermajority vote (67 votes) in the Senate. I submit that this thinking is flawed, and Obama has no intent of taking that path.

The president has obligations under U.S. law to “enforce” regulations and “follow the law.” This is the foundation he would use to sign the treaty in Copenhagen. In 1996 the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA must regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants. (Massachusetts et al. v. EPA et al.).

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