Skip to comments.** ACTION ALERT ** OPPOSE Law Of the Sea Treaty (LOST)
Posted on 01/27/2005 9:08:25 AM PST by davidosborne
Related THREAD on this subject:
Lugar, Rice, & Others Pushing For Law Of the Sea Treaty (LOST) Passage
WHY WOULD REPUBLICAN SENATORS SUPPORT LOST?
Big oil and multi-national firms support LOST because it would codify U.S. rights to explore and mine the ocean up to 200 miles from the American coast and would let the United States stake claims to seabeds outside that limit.
LOST means big money for big oil and other multi-national firms and it could actually be of some benefit -- in the short term -- to the U.S. economy.
Also, many of the big oil firms believe that it much easier to deal with one entity than many different entities. In common parlance, its easier to line the pockets of a few corrupt U.N. officials than to line the pockets of scores of corrupt world leaders. Its a recipe for graft.
But there are a few very big catches to LOST...
LOST will give the United Nations sole power to issue permits for fishing, drilling and mining operations at sea. Basically the United Nations will be able to charge exorbitant fees and taxes to companies wishing to mine and drill overseas -- fees that will be passed on to you at the gas pump.
LOST will give the United Nations sole power to levy taxes and impose production quotas on mining and oil production. The United Nations will be able to tell companies how much they are allowed to mine -- the very next gasoline shortage can and may be caused by a group of rogue third world nations literally cutting off our oil supply.
LOST will give the United Nations sole power to establish international courts and other agencies to enforce its dictates. The United Nations will be able to set up "kangaroo courts" to punish any American company that does not comply with it's arbitrary rules.
Provisions of LOST mandate that the United States must share certain technologies with other countries. These technologies will include military secrets.
The special interests wield a lot of influence and throw a lot of money around. To effectively do battle, we need to flood fax machines and we need to show our leaders that there is a clearly defined centralized opposition.
Let's send the Senate a clear message TODAY. OUR FREEDOM IS NOT FOR SALE!
TEXT OF TREATY with Status INFO
Treaty Doc. 103-39 October 7, 1994 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, With Annexes, Done at Montego Bay, December 10, 1982 (the "Convention"), and the Agreement Relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, with Annex, Adopted at New York, July 28, 1994 (the "Agreement"), and signed by the United States, Subject to Ratification, on July 29, 1994. August 11, 1994 B Public hearing.
(S. Hrg. 103-737) October 14 and 21, 2003 B Public hearings before Foreign Relations Committee (printed in Exec. Rept. 108-10). February 25, 2004 B Ordered reported with declarations and understandings. March 11, 2004 B Reported with declarations and understandings (Exec. Rept. 108-10). March 23, 2004 B Public hearing before Committee on Environment and Public Works. April 8, 2004 B Public hearing before Armed Services Committee. May 12, 2004 B Public hearing before House Committee on International Relations (Serial No. 108-136) June 8, 2004 B Closed hearing before Select Intelligence Committee.
CLICK HERE....to Contact the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, and OPPOSE LOST !!
ACTION NEEDED TO STOP THIS IN ITS TRACKS !!
This is a very dangerous move!!!
I agree... Giving the UN any "power" or "control" over anything is a bad move....
Give em an inch, they'll take a mile.
Just sent all 100 senators a blast.
Make a PHONE CALL to the member of the Committee also.. thanks for taking the time to stand up for the US not the UN.
Maybe we can get some FReeper Attorneys to give us some specific grounds (page/paragraph) on which to OPPOSE.
Taxation without representation.
Q. Does the Bush Administration support the Law of the Sea Convention?
A. Yes. The Bush Administration strongly supports U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea Convention. The Law of the Sea was one of only five treaties that the Administration placed in its urgent category on their most recent Treaty Priority List. Representatives from the Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Coast Guard testified in support of the Convention at hearings in October before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Administration helped write the resolution of advice and consent accompanying the treaty. Representatives of the State Department, the Office of Secretary of Defense, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Justice Department, the Commerce Department, and the EPA participated in this interagency drafting process.