Obama Defies Supreme Court, Constitution To Sign Paris Treaty

Reuters reports:

The United States will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change this year regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision to put a chunk of President Barack Obama’s environmental action on hold, the U.S. climate envoy said on Tuesday.

PROBLEM…. Obama signing a treaty does NOT equate to “The United States” signing a treaty. As a matter of fact, it’s not even close.

Obama signing a treaty doesn’t make it binding upon the people of the United States.

First, a treaty is not even considered the Supreme Law of the Land UNLESS it is approved by 2/3 of the Senate.

Second, a treaty is not the Supreme Law of the Land, even if it is approved by 2/3 of the Senate, if it is not consistent with the Constitution. Read Article 6, section 2 of the Constitution:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

Treaties are only valid if they are made “under the authority of the United States.” That means that unless the treaty involves a power that is specifically delegated to the federal government, it is NOT a valid treaty. Listen to Thomas Jefferson:

By the general power to make treaties, the constitution must have intended to comprehend only those subjects which are usually regulated by treaty, and cannot be otherwise regulated… It must have meant to except out of these the rights reserved to the states; for surely the President and Senate cannot do by treaty what the whole government is interdicted from doing in any way.

Since there is no specific delegation in the Constitution for the federal government to have power over the environment, that power is reserved to the States, consistent with the 10th Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

With these facts in mind, even if the president signs the Paris Treaty, and even if the Senate approves, the treaty is NOT binding on the people or the States because it is a violation of the Constitution and the powers reserved to the States.

The States and the People must say, “We Will Not Comply!”

Campaign 2016: Nobody Cares About Climate Change (And That’s Good!)

On February 11, Politico released survey results from “a bipartisan panel of respondents” who it claims are “Republican and Democratic insiders”…“activists, strategists and operatives in the four early nominating states” who answered the questions anonymously. The results? As one Republican respondent from South Carolina (SC) put it: “Climate change is simply not a front burner issue to most people.” A Nevada Democrat agreed: “I don’t believe this is a critical issue for many voters when compared to the economy and national security.”

One SC Republican said that no “blue-collar swing voter” ever said: “I really like their jobs plan, but, boy, I don’t know about their position on climate change.” Overall, the Republicans don’t think that opposing public policy to address the perceived threats of climate change will hurt their candidates. The topic never came up in the recent SC Republican debate.

Democrat billionaire Tom Steyer, one of the country’s biggest individual political donors, sees that on the issue of climate change, “the two parties could not be further apart.” However, the “insider” survey found that Democrats were split on the issue. When asked if “disputing the notion of manmade climate change would be damaging in the general election,” some thought it would, but others “thought climate change isn’t a major issue for voters.”

While we are far from the days of “drill, baby drill,” when asked about increasing production, Republicans see that their pro-development policies are unaffected by “price fluctuations.” A SC Republican stated: “Most Republicans view this issue through a national security lens. Low prices might diminish the intensity, but GOP voters will still want America to be energy independent regardless of oil prices.”

On February 12, Politico held a gathering called “Caucus Energy South Carolina” that featured several of the SC “insiders” among whom the host said are “influential voices,” who offer “keen insight into what’s going on on the ground.”

There, Mike McKenna, who has consulted a wide variety of political clients and who has served as an external relations specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, declared: “Energy is a second tier issue. Climate change is fifth tier. Nobody cares about it. It is always at the bottom.”

The climate change agenda has been the most expensive and extensive public relations campaign in the history of the world. Gallup has been polling on this issue for 25 years. Despite the herculean effort, fewer people are worried about climate change today than 25 years ago. Pew Research Center has repeatedly found that when given a list of concerns regarding the public’s policy priorities, respondents put jobs and the economy at the top of the list, with climate change at the bottom. Polling done just before the UN climate conference in Paris found that only 3% of Americans believe that climate change is the most important issue facing America.

Even Democrat Jane Kleeb, an outspoken opponent of the Keystone pipeline, acknowledged that climate change, as an issue, doesn’t move people to act.

David Wilkins, a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada who has worked on issues such as energy, national security, and the environment, said that voters are “not going to let the environment trump the economy.” He believes there will be a reapplication for the Keystone pipeline and that eventually, it will be built. Another insider, Democrat Inez Tenenbaum, disagreed, saying: “people don’t want to be energy dependent.” To which Wilkins quipped: “All the more reason to get oil from our friends.”

When it comes to energy, there are clearly differences between the parties; but strangely, both agree that climate change isn’t “a major issue for voters.”

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc., and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

Breaking: Supreme Court Just Brought Obama’s Big Plan To A Halt, He’s Going To Be Livid…

President Barack Obama’s plan to impose strict new regulations on U.S. power plants hit a significant legal snag on Tuesday with a split decision by the nation’s highest court. According to news reports, the 5 to 4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling put up an immediate roadblock, blocking the implementation of carbon emission caps favored by the Obama administration.

As Fox News reported this week, Obama has defended his plan to slash power plant emissions by insisting it would help stave off the effects of global warming. Under his proposal, each state would be required to submit a proposal by this September to the Environmental Protection Agency, detailing how power plants located within its borders would cut carbon dioxide emissions by roughly 33 percent before 2030.

While the plan has received support from environmental activists, many state leaders, energy industry representatives and other critics have cited the high compliance costs as a primary point of contention. Obama has faced opposition throughout his presidency from those concerned about the repercussions of his environmental policies — specifically, those relating to the coal industry.

Did The GOP Congress Change Energy Policy?

Last year, when Republicans gained a decisive edge in both houses of Congress, I made predictions as to the six energy-policy changes we could expect. Here’s where American energy policy stands today.

Keystone Pipeline

As predicted, the GOP got right to work backing the Keystone pipeline. With strong bipartisan support, on February 11, Congress passed the bill approving construction. Though many Democrats crossed the aisle and voted with the Republicans, it fell a handful of votes short of making it veto-proof. As expected, two weeks later, President Obama vetoed the bill. Late night arm twisting failed to bring the needed Democrats on board for the March 4 veto-override vote.

Oil Exports

A bill to lift the decades-old oil export ban was introduced in February and gained momentum throughout the year. On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to send the legislation to the full House for final passage—which took place on October 9.

The White House threatened a veto.

The Senate didn’t take up the bill. Lifting the ban, however, was included in the omnibus-spending package that Obama quickly signed on December 18.

With the ban now officially overturned, the first shipment of U.S. crude will be heading overseas in a matter of days—to Switzerland.

Climate Change

Days before the U.N. conference on climate change took place in Paris, the Senate held a hearing and passed resolutions designed to let the world know that Obama did not have the support of the U.S. Senate—which would be needed for any legally binding treaty. The New York Times reported: “proponents believe their defiance will have diplomatic repercussions.”

It is believed that the Republican drumbeat prompted the European Union to back off of its insistence that any carbon goals in the final agreement need to be legally binding. The agreement that was ultimately reached in Paris is, according to the New York Times, “essentially voluntary.”

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

In the December 18 spending bill, the EPA didn’t get a budget increase while many other departments did. It is considered a “loser.” Funding levels for the EPA in 2016 are at a level lower than 2010, but on par with 2015.

Additionally, the agency has received several smack downs in 2015 from federal courts—including putting its onerous Waters of the U.S. Rule on hold. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the focus of the Senate’s resolutions, is facing numerous lawsuits and may also be awarded a stay. This is surely an issue to watch in 2016.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA)

One of the big concerns for anyone in the West who earns a living from the land—ranching, farming, mining and mineral extraction—has been the potential listing of the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. While it did not get listed, and the omnibus deal blocks the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from putting it on the Endangered Species list, the Bureau of Land Management has enacted land use plans that will likely have many of the same effects of listing under the Act. It is time for ESA reform.

Federal Lands

This final issue saw little action in 2015; but with the anti-fossil fuel movement’s aggressive plans to keep resources in the ground, especially on federal lands, this one is ripe for attention.

For 2016, Congress will need to stay on top of Obama’s rules, regulations, and executive orders aimed at burnishing his legacy on climate change. It should also rein in the EPA, reform the ESA, and work to reduce the amount of land owned by the federal government.


The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column. Follow her @EnergyRabbit.

Apparently Americans Cause Climate Change And The Result…Terrorism

Radical progressives have come up with a new theory on the cause of global terrorism…climate change. You heard me correctly: climate change causes global terrorism.

International leaders, the Pope, the United States Chief Executive and other lawmaking members of Congress are taking this issue very seriously and are wasting no time. These oracles are empirically certain that Americans (the world’s alleged second largest climate polluter) are causing terrorism–but aren’t able to determine if the world is warming or cooling, hence the dumbed down “common core” term of “climate change”.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told CBC News, “When we do not address climate change properly it may also affect many people who are frustrated and who are impacted, then there is some possibility that these young people who [are] jobless and frustrated may join these foreign terrorist fighters.”

“You can make a very reasonable argument that climate change is not that indirectly related to terrorism,” scientist Bill Nye said. “This is just the start of things. The more we let [climate change] go on, the more trouble there’s going to be.”

Obama told “CBS This Morning” in an interview earlier this month: “What we know is that — as human beings are placed under strain (from the changes in the climate), then bad things happen.  And, you know, if you look at world history, whenever people are desperate, when people start lacking food, when people — are not able to make a living or take care of their families — that’s when ideologies arise that are dangerous.”

I think most Americans believe the ideology of Jihadists who have declared war against America, her Constitution, and her people are the real danger. Unlike the warming of the globe, this is a tangible threat. I am so disheartened to say that President Obama and countless other oath breakers are blaming you the American for the global calamities, the existence of the Jihadist, and the terror war.  

It is rumored that when George Washington was sworn into office, he reverently placed his hand on the Holy Bible while it was opened to Deuteronomy 28. This would be very fitting because as a church elder, Washington would have been very familiar with this chapter’s declaration of blessings to a nation that obeys and honors the one true God while affirming to an unlawful, disobedient people: “thou shalt not prosper in thy ways; and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee…and thou shalt become an astonishment a proverb, and a byword, among all nations…”  

As a Christian minister, I appeal to everyone reading: cast off your confidence in man and a political system; turn your mind, soul, and body to your Creator, who gave you life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Then with His grace, vote, act, and live according to the mandates of our blessed religion that have, and will, preserve our liberty and prosperity in America.


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