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Vehement Loss of Sovereignty

By on 12.16.09 | 10:17AM

News from Copenhagen's climate talks.

From the AP:

In those overnight talks, the American delegation apparently objected to a proposed text it felt might bind the United States prematurely to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, before the U.S. Congress acts on the required legislation. U.S. envoys insisted, for example, on replacing the word "shall" with the conditional "should." (emphasis mine)

Further evidence of the pointlessness of these talks (as if we need more).

Two things:

(1) that the American delegation would only "apparently" and not "vehemently" object to language that could bind us to an international legislation is curious. I hope that "vehemently" was lost in translation from Copenhagen to the Associated Press. There is no permissive legislation that would ever empower "the [unelected] American delegation" (whoever they are) to act on behalf of the United States. Therefore, I vehemently object to even the implication that such an agreement is or was in consideration, absent U.S. Congressional say so. Certainly, the Senate and arguably, the American people might have a little something to say about this.

(2) What shall we do with "should"? This delegation could should itself into another ice age and it wouldn't mean anything. Non-binding, to say the least, "should" makes all the time, effort, and travel associated with creating this vapid conglomerate of delegates nothing more than a carbon footprint to nowhere.

And I'm fine with that under these conditions. It's much ado about nothing but a little more plane, train, and automobile traffic.

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