Throughout his presidency, Barack Hussein Obama has been acting like a king by bypassing congress every chance he gets. Now, he is reportedly preparing to bypass the Senate once again by entering into the Paris climate accord as early as this week.
The South China Morning Post reported that Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are “set to jointly announce their ratification” of the ambitious international climate-change pact on Friday despite the fact that Republicans have insisted that the pact must be ratified by the Senate. According to The Washington Times, this is set to happen two days before the start of the 11th G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
“There are still some uncertainties from the U.S. side due to the complicated U.S. system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by Sept. 2,” an unnamed source told the English-language Chinese newspaper.
The article added that “[s]enior climate officials from both countries worked late into the night in Beijing on Tuesday to finalise [sic] details,” citing “sources familiar with the issue.”
Myron Ebell, director of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, said the report was “curious because ratifying treaties in the United States requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate.”
“In China’s Communist Party dictatorship, ratification merely requires their Maximum Leader to say, ‘So be it,’ ” said Ebbell. “Lo and behold, the president of the United States can ratify a treaty in the same way as China’s Maximum Leader. He merely has to say the magic words, ‘So be it.’”
Sen. James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke out to warn other nations that without ratification from the Senate, the agreement will “soon become another stack of empty promises on global warming.”
“I want to make sure international participants are warned now that the president’s commitment lacks the support of his own government and will fail,” Mr. Inhofe said in an April 12 statement.
Inhofe said this just before Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a United Nations ceremony on Earth Day to sign what he described as the “historic” Paris agreement.
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