Obama Slaps Senate Will Personally Ratify Paris Climate Accord + more

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2016/08/30/obama-slaps-senate-will-personally-ratify-paris-climate-accord/

Original article by 9-1-2016 9-33-41 AM9-1-2016 9-34-14 AMWritten By: Valerie Richardson

With the utmost contempt for Congress and the Constitution, Obama will ‘ratify’ the Paris Climate accord by ‘unilateral executive action.’ Increasingly, Obama is acting like a dictator and yet, Congress has done nothing to push back against such actions. ⁃ TN Editor

The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China.

Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required for treaties. He said the pact negotiated by 195 countries in December is merely an “executive agreement.”

“The president will use his authority that has been used in dozens of executive agreements in the past to join and formally deposit our instrument of acceptance, and therefore put our country as a party to the Paris Agreement,” Mr. Deese said at a White House press conference.

He noted that both presidents announced in March that they “would seek to formally join the Paris Agreement in 2016.”

“That’s a process that is quite well-established in our existing legal system and in the context of international agreements and international arrangements,” Mr. Deese said. “There is a category of them that are treaties that require advice and consent from the Senate, but there’s a broad category of executive agreements where the executive can enter into those agreements without that advice and consent.”

Republicans have insisted that the accord requires Senate ratification and warned the Obama administration as well as international leaders that Congress will not be bound by an agreement ratified by unilateral executive action.

Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, predicted Monday that Mr. Obama will “pretend to ratify the treaty in China.”

“What could be more insulting to our Constitution than ‘ratifying’ it in the presence of the Chinese president-dictator?” asked Mr. Ebell, who opposes the deal. “And what could be more appropriate, since, like Xi, Obama is unaccountable?”

Speculation about the ratification soared after the South China Morning Post reported that two leaders are “set to jointly announce their ratification” as early as Friday. The report cited sources who said that “senior climate officials from both countries worked late into the night in Beijing on Tuesday to finalize details.”

Mr. Deese confirmed that he traveled to China last week to meet with officials on the Paris Agreement, which calls for nations to adopt emissions limits with the aim of holding increases in global temperatures “well below” 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

“I anticipate when the presidents meet, they will discuss topics that will include this issue of trying to get the Paris Agreement to enter into force as quickly as possible,” Mr. Deese said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a plea last month for world leaders to accelerate the ratification process, which lost steam after the agreement was announced in December.

To take effect, the accord must be signed and ratified by 55 nations responsible for at least 55 percent of global emissions. So far, 23 nations emitting about 1 percent of greenhouse gases have completed the ratification process, according to Climate Analytics’ ratification tracker.

“Together, the U.S. and China represent just under 40 percent of global emissions,” said Mr. Deese. “So the act of our two countries joining and when that happens will help move us closer to that goal.”

Climate change skeptics dismissed the anticipated executive ratification as a sham designed to prop up Mr. Obama’s legacy.

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano predicted that “Obama will surely do his best play-acting and pretend the ‘ratification’ has actual meaning, but as a former constitutional law professor, even he knows better.”

“What they need right now is a game-changer, and if they can’t get it then, true to form, they will manufacture the illusion of it,” Australian science writer Joanne Nova said on her JoNova blog.

Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman, has repeatedly said that the Paris Agreement will change nothing. He issued a white paper in April that said the pact amounts to “empty promises that will have no meaningful impact on the climate.”

“The problem with international climate change agreements is that they ignore basic economic and political realities and therefore are doomed to failure,” said Mr. Inhofe. “When the hype over the signing fades, the reality will set in that the policies President Obama is promising will not last.”

Critics fear that the executive branch will use the Paris Agreement, while not legally binding, to enact sweeping climate policies without Congress.

Mr. Obama has argued that urgent action is needed. “No challenge poses a great threat to future generations than climate change,” he said last year.

Mr. Deese credited the president with reaching out to China to reset the international malaise on climate change that followed the failed 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2009 Copenhagen Summit, which resulted in a weak accord that was not adopted.

“I think the second significant thing about president’s approach to climate change is seen in his engagement with China,” Mr. Deese said. “The president recognized early on in the administration that if we were going to have an effective global response to climate change, we were going to have to write a new playbook. That the old approaches had not succeeded.”

The Paris Agreement was the result of “a very consistent and steady diplomatic effort that the president prioritized year after year, working to restore U.S. credibility on climate issues through our Climate Action Plan, demonstrating that we actually could make progress in reducing emissions,” he said.

Mr. Obama is scheduled to embark Wednesday on a Pacific Rim trip that includes a stop in Honolulu for the World Conservation Congress, the G-20 Summit in China and a visit to Laos for the first such presidential visit in history.

G20 Summit To Focus On Rising Anti- Globalization Sentiment

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2016/08/30/g20-summit-focus-rising-anti-globalization-sentiment/

9-1-2016 9-35-18 AM

Written By: Han Peng

The backlash against globalization around the world is shaking the global elite to the core. They cannot understand why people are not thrilled with how they are transforming the world. But basically, they think dissenters are just a bunch of uneducated, ignorant peasants who are too childlike to know any better. ⁃ TN Editor

The G20 Summit is to take place amid weak economic recovery and the lowest rate of global trade growth in three decades. China would like to see G20 leaders resist protectionism and instead, seek economic growth through innovation and reform. CCTV’s reporter spoke to some of China’s brightest business leaders to hear their proposals to G20 leaders.

“Globalization is nothing wrong. But we need to perfect it,” said Jack Ma, Alibaba founder & CEO.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is deeply concerned about the rising anti-globalization sentiment around the world.

After Brexit in the UK, the US Presidential candidate Donald Trump said his country might withdraw from the WTO if he’s elected.

People don’t like globalization, not because globalization is bad. If globalization can really benefit everybody, and enable every individual and small business to take part, it will be a great stuff. So we give our proposal, and I’m honored it’s been written into B20 policy recommendation report,” said Jack Ma.

The proposal: launching an electronic World Trade Platform, or e-WTP. The aim is to enable small businesses to trade globally through e-commerce.

“OK, now some guy in Brazil wants to sell something to Argentina, how can he find his customers? Online. How can he transact money for payment? How can he solve the logistic problem? How can he solve the data problems? How can he go through customs office in an efficient way? You need a platform to help to and enable them to do this,” said Jack Ma.

Reporter asked, “Some people call it an online version of WTO, because they share similar goals of promoting global trade and fighting protectionism. What’s the difference between an organization and a platform?”

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Reporter: Han Peng

G20 Hangzhou Summit

The G20 Summit is to take place amid weak economic recovery and the lowest rate of global trade growth in three decades. China would like to see G20 leaders resist protectionism and instead, seek economic growth through innovation and reform. CCTV’s reporter spoke to some of China’s brightest business leaders to hear their proposals to G20 leaders.

“Globalization is nothing wrong. But we need to perfect it,” said Jack Ma, Alibaba founder & CEO.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is deeply concerned about the rising anti-globalization sentiment around the world.

After Brexit in the UK, the US Presidential candidate Donald Trump said his country might withdraw from the WTO if he’s elected.

People don’t like globalization, not because globalization is bad. If globalization can really benefit everybody, and enable every individual and small business to take part, it will be a great stuff. So we give our proposal, and I’m honored it’s been written into B20 policy recommendation report,” said Jack Ma.

The proposal: launching an electronic World Trade Platform, or e-WTP. The aim is to enable small businesses to trade globally through e-commerce.

“OK, now some guy in Brazil wants to sell something to Argentina, how can he find his customers? Online. How can he transact money for payment? How can he solve the logistic problem? How can he solve the data problems? How can he go through customs office in an efficient way? You need a platform to help to and enable them to do this,” said Jack Ma.

Reporter asked, “Some people call it an online version of WTO, because they share similar goals of promoting global trade and fighting protectionism. What’s the difference between an organization and a platform?”

“Organization is like a treaty or agreement among the governments, so rules and laws. Platform is an enabler. We should set up a more feasible way for small business to do it,” said Jack Ma.

As the e-commerce tycoon is trying to fight anti-globalization through innovation, other leading business figures are directly urging policy changes from G20 leaders.

“We need to reduce all these protectionism measures, rolling back the old ones, and reducing all these kinds of small and regional trading agreements, which turn out to be complicated,” said Ning Gaoning, Sinochem chairman, B20 Trade & Investment Taskforce Chair.

Ning says monetary stimulus and protectionist policies have proven ineffective in the past few years. He says the global business community hopes the G20 Summit will focus on structural reforms and address the root cause.

“I think China has made an extremely important step in changing the course of G20 Presidency, away from mainly financial issues and macro-economic stabilization in the promotion of growth towards a much more inclusive approach to human well-being,” said  Prof. Dennis J. Snower, president of Kiel Institute for World Economy.

With 20 of the world’s most powerful decision-makers gathering in Hangzhou, the world is watching closely to see whether the summit will make a difference after years of weak global economy.

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There is only one way to save our freedom, we must all as a Unified Nation remove our selves from their control. Tell them to go piss up a rope and refuse to comply with all their laws.

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