Obama working closely on new UN treaty to control world’s oceans

Obama working closely on new UN treaty to control world’s oceans
Leo and Johnny schmooze at a world oceans conference in 2014. (Image via highlighthollywood.com)

[Ed. – The idea is to take this bad idea and go global with it.  No such treaty would constrain any nation that decided not to be constrained by it — whether China, Russia, Brazil, or any other.  But those nations would be happy to see the U.S., Canada, Japan, the EU, etc. hamstring themselves with treaty compliance.  Stupid, stupid, stupid — like everything the Obami make a priority.]

The United Nations has launched a far-reaching initiative that could give U.N.-sponsored authorities sway over the biological resources of the high seas—all the waters that lie outside national territories and economic zones.

The potential shift in power involves multi-trillion-dollar issues, such as whether large areas—conceivably, as much as 30 percent– of the world’s international waters should be designated as no-go areas to protect biological diversity; whether and how to require elaborate “environmental impact assessments” for future ocean development projects; and how to divide up the economic benefits from the future development of “marine genetic resources.” …

Overall, the hoped-for treaty will cover “two-thirds of the oceans, almost half the planet,” says Lisa Speer, a senior official of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which is in turn a lead member of a squadron of 33 environmentalist groups banded together as the High Seas Alliance to lobby for protectionist measures during the talks. …

One of the biggest backers of the preliminary talks is the Obama Administration. Even though the U.S. has never ratified the 1982 U.N. Law of the Sea Convention—the new talks are aimed at creating an “implementing agreement” under the Law of the Sea umbrella—the Administration is deeply involved in the negotiations, as are some of the world’s most powerful environmental organizations.

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