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Seven reasons to sink the UN Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST)

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Here are seven major reasons that no U.S. Senator should ever consider signing the UN LOST treaty (and should consign it to the ash heap of history forever):

1. Loss of our national sovereignty. The treaty was created during the 1970s and according to a report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), “it is a monument to the failed socialist thinking of a bygone era.” The treaty creates a global government that supersedes all national governments and the U.S. Constitution. That’s why President Reagan refused to sign LOST in 1982, and it has been hanging around like a lost soul ever since.

2. International taxation. According to LOST, the oil, minerals, fish and other resources of the ocean are the “common heritage of mankind,” so any nation with the capability to harvest those resources must share the wealth. The U.S. would owe a tax of 7 percent on anything it recovers on or under the deep ocean floor, which would be redistributed according to a new International Seabed Authority, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. According to Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), “This is the first time in history that an international organization…would possess taxing authority over the United States.”

3. Giving away our technology. LOST requires all states to “cooperate in promoting the transfer of technology and scientific knowledge” to explore and recover resources in the ocean. U.S. innovations in robotics, geologic mapping and deep-water drilling would be transferred to hostile nations and corrupt third-world dictators. In 1994, President Clinton signed the treaty. Although the Senate refused to ratify it, CEI reports that his administration insisted on following this provision of LOST and giving American microbathymetry equipment and advanced sonar technology to China, to prospect for minerals in the ocean. Unfortunately, the technology could also be used for anti-submarine warfare.

4. Back door cap and trade. “For ten years now, since the Kyoto treaty [was formed], the U.S. House and Senate have rejected over and over again the idea of cap and trade, that would amount to a tax on the American people somewhere between $300 billion and $400 billion,” Senator Inhofe said in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “They are attempting to do under this LOST treaty what they couldn’t do with legislation.”

5. Environmental lawsuits. Article 194(2) of LOST states that each member nation “shall take all measures necessary to ensure that activities under their jurisdiction or control are so conducted as not to cause damage by pollution to other States and their environment.” By signing the treaty, the U.S. could be liable for environmental damage, such as “ocean acidification” and “human induced climate change,” in places far from our homeland. These regulations could possibly include inland air and water emissions that migrate out to the oceans. According to Senator Inhofe, environmental groups, such as Greenpeace and the Environmental Defense Fund, are already lining up these suits. In one case, CEI reports that Ireland has filed a suit against a land-based nuclear plant in Britain “on the ground that it would indirectly affect marine life in Irish waters by slightly increasing water temperatures.”

6. We’ve already got it covered. For over 200 years, the U.S. has operated its oceangoing vessels under customary international law. It is also a party to a number of conventions, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and bilateral and multilateral agreements, such as protecting fisheries in international waters. With these in place, there is no real reason to add another huge layer of international law.

7. An endless line of treaties. There are more of these over-reaching U.N. treaties lining up right behind LOST, looking to give more and more of our liberties away to globalist bureaucrats: the UN Small Arms Treaty, which would outlaw our second amendment gun rights; the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which would usurp parental rights; and an agreement that would allow Americans to be tried in an international court. Ratifying LOST “would seem to endorse the notion that American rights can only be secured by appealing to new international institutions,” says CEI. “We would not only open ourselves to immediate risks and complications regarding actions on the seas, we would also make it harder to resist more ambitious schemes of global governance in the future.”

Please contact your Senators today and Just Say NO to LOST! Here’s a good place to start:
Right March petition on UN LOST treaty

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