Things More Worrisome than AGW: UN seeks to control 70% of Earth’s surface – The Oceans

Source: SPPI

by Dennis Ambler

There are many politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who constantly press for the US to ratify “The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” commonly referred to as LOST, an international agreement that was concluded in 1982, and came into force in 1994. It is an insidious attempt to remove national sovereignty and for national waters to be subsumed under the control of the UN.

Law of the Sea Convention Update –

The National Ocean Council website carries this message, dated March 25th, 2012.

“President Obama has stated that the United States will promote the stewardship and sustainable use of the oceans in several ways including by cooperating and exercising leadership at the international level and pursuing U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea Convention.   On March 21st, the State Department published a Fact Sheet identifying a number of compelling reasons why the United States should join the Law of the Sea Convention now.”

The latest attempt at US ratification, last month,  was defeated by Senator Jim Inhofe and colleagues. This is what he and Senator DeMint wrote in the Washington Times, July 25th, 2012:

“For years, liberals and misguided State Department officials have pushed for the U.S. Senate to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). This treaty would convey ownership of the oceans to a United Nations agency and give international bureaucrats veto authority over U.S. naval operations and could force the United States to comply with international carbon emissions caps.

Last week, we defeated LOST by securing commitments to ensure it cannot gain the 67 votes needed for ratification.”

In exchange for gaining something it already has, then, the United States would, under LOST, surrender billions, possibly trillions, in royalty payments for oil and gas produced from our Outer Continental Shelf. At the same time, the treaty would expose our citizens to frivolous lawsuits in international courts.

LOST would trade in our Constitution for a vague 200-page compact drafted by foreign diplomats. It would trade in our Founding Fathers for the United Nations, and “we the people” for “you the foreign secretaries we’ve never heard of and didn’t elect.”

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Another UN Push on Law of the Sea

UN watchers know that the Liberal-Socialist Leviathan that is the United Nations, never gives up and its permanent bureaucrats always keep coming back to their ongoing themes for UN control of everything we do. Hence we have a new initiative by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, to “Protect the Oceans on the 30th Anniversary of the Law of the Sea“, reported here by Mercopress, Aug. 13th 2012.

“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched on Monday a new initiative to protect the oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it, and called on countries to work together to achieve a more sustainable management of this precious resource and address the threats it is currently facing.

“The seas and oceans host some of the most vulnerable and important ecosystems on Earth, but the diversity of life they host is under ever-increasing strain,” Mr. Ban said at an event in the city of Yeosu in the Republic of Korea (ROK), to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The Convention, also known as the “constitution of the oceans,” governs all aspects of ocean space, from delimitation of maritime boundaries, environmental regulations, scientific research, commerce and the settlement of international disputes involving marine issues.

It was first opened for signature in 1982 and entered into force in 1994; there are 162 parties to it – 161 States and the European Union.

“Among its principles, the Law of the Sea recognizes that all ocean issues are related and that they need to be addressed as a whole,” Mr. Ban said, adding that this is in line with the development framework put forward at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“What we need is to create new momentum for ocean sustainability,” Mr. Ban said. “The Oceans Compact sets out a strategic vision for the UN System to deliver more coherently and effectively on its oceans-related mandates, consistent with the Rio+20 outcome.”

The Compact, Mr. Ban added, will provide a platform to help countries protect the ocean’s natural resources, restore their full food production to help people’s whose livelihoods depend on the sea, and increase awareness and knowledge about the management of the oceans.

To achieve the objectives of the Compact, Mr. Ban proposed a results-oriented Action Plan along with the creation of an Ocean Advisory Group made up of high-level policymakers, scientists and experts, as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society.”

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Agenda 21 in Action

For an in-depth look at the history and politics and implementation of this Treaty, read SPPI paper, UN Agenda 21 Will Rule The US Waves, dated April 2011. It was written in response to the formation of a Governance Coordinating Committee for the National Ocean Council, created by President Obama, in 2010. In conclusion we said,

The work begun all those years ago by Maurice Strong for a world government, still proceeds and still is being driven by Strong and many of his colleagues from that time. The bodies and institutions that he cleverly set up have done their job well, as has his policy of NGO involvement. The major growth of NGO’s funded by the eco-billionaires such as Soros, Sandler, Rockefeller, Rothschild, Packard, Hewlett, Grantham and others, ensures that the UN is in the driving seat of national policy.

The National Ocean Policy is another step along the way and be assured that the push to ratify the UN Law of the Sea Treaty will gain prominence again in the not too distant future.

Just over a year later, we were proved correct, when Preident Obama and John Kerry tried to ratify LOST in a lame-duck session of Congress, described by Senator Inhofe above.

In reality, the Oceans need protection from the United Nations and its minions in government agencies, such as NOAA and EPA. However the bureaucracy is already expanding and in a few years time will be competing with the EPA in size and regulatory impact.

Read the description from NOAA of the new control package, coastal and marine spatial planning. It is classic top-down control and will be binding on states. Whilst couched in seemingly innocuous language, this is Socialist Central Planning writ large and “The Law of the Sea” will be achieved by the back door.

The Ocean Policy Task Force defines coastal and marine spatial planning as a comprehensive, adaptive, integrated, ecosystem-based, and transparent spatial planning process, based on sound science, for analyzing current and anticipated uses of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas. Coastal and marine spatial planning identifies areas most suitable for various types or classes of activities in order to reduce conflicts among uses, reduce environmental impacts, facilitate compatible uses, and preserve critical ecosystem services to meet economic, environmental, security, and social objectives.

Permissions and licences will have to be sought from Regional Ocean Councils, for just about any activity around the US coast and The Great Lakes, including energy development. Just take a look at this one as an example:

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO):

One of the shared MARCO actions that New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia are undertaking that cuts across the four regional priorities of habitat protection, offshore renewable energy, climate change, and water quality, is the development of a regional GIS portal through which Mid-Atlantic data layers can be publicly viewed.

The portal offers 4 base map options (Streets, Aerial, Topo and Charts) and serves regional data in six categories and 31 layers: 1) Administrative Data – 6 layers; 2) Decision Support Data – 2 layers;  3) Human Use Data – 5 layers;  4) Biological Data – 7 layers;  5) Geophysical Data – 9 layers;  6) State Specific Data – 2 layers

New data layers that have been added include wind energy areas, regional ocean council boundaries, submarine cables, ship traffic separation zones, selected marine mammal data from TNC’s ecoregional assessment, and selected data from the New Jersey Offshore Wind Baseline Study. 

Continued development of the portal is part of preparing MARCO to launch a regional coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP) effort in compliance with National Ocean Policy Executive Order and the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force regarding CMSP.

The portal and forthcoming Mid-Atlantic CMSP process will provide the necessary framework for implementing an ecosystem-based management approach that considers all human uses and ecosystem elements in the Mid-Atlantic, including sensitive habitats and species.

This is real and happening now and is being rolled out nationwide. EPA? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

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