Obama Pushes International Climate Agreement
August 28, 2014
Reports have emerged that the Obama administration plans to push for an "international climate change agreement" that, unlike a formal treaty, would be entered into without Senate approval.
According to the Washington Times, the goal is to reach a deal by next year. Broadly, the agreement would call for signatories to commit to carbon dioxide emission reduction goals, as well as to send money to poor nations to deal with global warming.
The agreement would be enforced, however, only with pressure and shaming from the other participants, as the group would issue progress reports detailing which parties had not met their goals. The New York Times reported that "President Obama's climate negotiators are devising what they call a 'politically binding' deal that would 'name and shame' countries into cutting their emissions," in order to bypass the requirement that treaties must be ratified.
According to the Washington Times, the negotiators plan to use the United Nations Framework on Climate Change -- a pact passed in 1992 and ratified by the United States -- and add new, "voluntary pledges" to it.
Source: Victor Morton, "Obama seeks to bypass Congress for U.N. climate change deal: report," Washington Times, August 26, 2014.
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