Some important power plays are going to go down at the United Nations’ planned Climate Summit in Paris, including a plan to create an International Tribunal of Climate Justice that would have power to enforce climate agreements and pass judgment on previously sovereign nations.
The proposal is buried in a draft agreement (Page 19) that will be up for adoption at the summit that begins Nov. 30. The paragraph, which hasn’t been finalized, reads:
“[An International Tribunal of Climate Justice as][A] [compliance mechanism] is hereby established to address cases of non-compliance of the commitments of developed country Parties on mitigation, adaptation, [provision of] finance, technology development and transfer [and][,] capacity-building[,] and transparency of action and support, including through the development of an indicative list of consequences, taking into account the cause, type, degree and frequency of non-compliance.”
Critics fear that the Obama Administration is willing to give away U.S. sovereignty and that such a tribunal will completely cut out Congress. Given President Obama’s regular ignoring of Congress, the odds of him bringing them in on any such arrangement seem low.
South Africa, China, India and more than 100 other developing nations have said they will not agree to anything at the Paris summit unless the United Nations begins transferring billions of dollars from more advanced nations like the United States. The proposed tribunal apparently would be the enforcement mechanism.
Such a climate tribunal has been slipped into the language of a U.N. agreement before, but it was removed when some news outlets spilled the beans. This time around, the word “court” has been replaced with “tribunal,” and proponents are promising (cross their hearts) that it would be non-judicial, despite the proposed enforcement powers.
When Obama first ran for the presidency, he vowed to fundamentally alter America. His Administration has racked up failure after foreign policy failure and is desperate for something it can claim as a win, so if John Kerry and the rest of the gang see an opening, expect that they will hand over America’s independence without a second thought.