Why hasn't someone run a stake through the heart of this thing, and then buried it in concrete? It's another UN infringement on US sovereignty and should die FOREVER!!!!
Senator Helms, we miss you dearly. Who is up to take over the chairmanship when Lugar retires (I hope in '06 as he'll probably be replaced by an R in friendly Indiana)? Is it Hagel?
The L.O.S.T. is a terrible treaty, and we should do everything possible to prevent it from being ratified.
However, I would like independent corroboration of the risk of its passage. The American Conservative Union could be hyping the issue as a way of getting money and names, since the web page they link to wants us to pay $20 to cover a hundred blast faxes to Senators. I am extremely skeptical that a fax sent to a Senator in another state will have any effect; most Senators only pay attention to communications from their own constituents.
So until convinced otherwise, this just looks like a typical fundraising gimmick rather than something to panic over.
How the international seabed authority council of authority works
The first Council of the Authority was elected by the Assembly at the second session of the Authority in March 1996. In accordance with paragraph 15, of section 3, of the annex to the Agreement, the Council shall consist of 36 members elected by the Assembly in the following order:
(a) Four members from among those States Parties which, during the last five years for which statistics are available, have either consumed more than 2 per cent in value terms of total world consumption or have had net imports of more than 2 per cent in value terms of total world imports of the commodities produced from the categories of minerals to be derived from the Area, provided that the four members shall include one State from the Eastern European region having the largest economy in that region in terms of gross domestic product and the State, on the date of entry into force of the Convention, having the largest economy in terms of gross domestic product, if such States wish to be represented in this group;
(b) Four members from among the eight States Parties which have made the largest investments in preparation for and in the conduct of activities in the Area, either directly or through their nationals;
(c) Four members from among States Parties which, on the basis of production in areas under their jurisdiction, are major net exporters of the categories of minerals to be derived from the Area, including at least two developing States whose exports of such minerals have a substantial bearing upon their economies;
(d) Six members from among developing States Parties, representing special interests. The special interests to be represented shall include those of States with large populations, States which are land-locked or geographically disadvantaged, island States, States which are major importers of the categories of minerals to be derived from the Area, States which are potential producers for such minerals and least developed States;
(e) Eighteen members elected according to the principle of ensuring an equitable geographical distribution of seats in the Council as a whole, provided that each geographical region shall have at least one member elected under this subparagraph. For this purpose, the geographical regions shall be Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Western Europe and Others.
Look at how the United States would become subservient to states that have very large populations (China, India) and they most assuredly would vote against the United States doing any seabed mining operations to purposely disadvantage us.
The principal function of the Authority is to regulate deep seabed mining. The Authority is required to give special emphasis to ensuring that the marine environment is protected from any harmful effects which may arise during mining activities, including exploration.
The areas reserved they show on their website just happen to coincindentally be guess where? Off the west coast of the USA and south of Hawaii.
Its a large file so I won't post the jpg here.
Lost? it rules. Locke and Sawyer are the most interesting characters, and I like Sayid as well. The island is in reality a...oh wait...wrong Lost...sorry...
It's a horrible treaty and would be a step in the erosion of our independence. It's not getting much coverage from anyone on the right. Makes me think that talk radio is not much better than MSM.
I've e-mailed Rush and others many times to talk about it but I get nothing. Hugh Hewitt finally had Frank Gaffney on after three e-mails to him.
We need to stay on top of this and get it defeated. I don't understand why our congress-critters want to disslove this country. GWB wants it as well as Condi. I can't figure it.
The UN just got through stealing hundreds of billions of dollars and our government still wants to give them control.
If that isn't "in your face" contempt for the "commoners", I'm
the king of Alaska.
I'm willing to tell them all to get L.O.S.T.
If Rice is for it, I doubt it is as bad as exaggerated (oops) explained in this article (oops) press release.
This could impact space treaties in the future.
It is on the top of my TIVO list! I can't wait to find out what is behind the metal door Locke discovered in the middle of the island!
I have found that emails are useless. Call, fax, or visit them either at home or in DC.
The important persons to contact are the Senators that are the members of the committee that votes it out for a vote of the entire Senate. I don't know the status of the bill at the present time.
Get out of the Law of the Sea Treaty. Withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty. These are of no interest to the US, but only to those who are far behind in technological development.