Illegal immigration, border security, Iraq, Veterans Affairs, the IRS… all of these pressing issues (and more) are awaiting legislative action of some sort, and what is Barack Obama concerning himself with?
The New York Times has reported that Obama is seeking to make a climate change deal that would allow him to bypass the Senate and go straight to the United Nations. Via The Hill:
Obama’s climate team is putting together a “politically binding” deal to “name and shame” nations to cut their emissions, according to The New York Times.
The administration’s hope is to get the deal signed by a United Nations summit next year in Paris.
Because the Senate would be unlikely to ratify a treaty on global warming, the administration is seeking to mix fresh voluntary pledges with legally binding 1992 treaty conditions.
Such a deal, according to officials quoted by the Times, would represent an updated version of an existing deal, and would not require ratification by the Senate.
Delegates will discuss the proposal next month at a UN meeting in New York and would hope to draft the agreement in December at a meeting in Lima, Peru.
Is it really a good idea to be plotting how to tackle climate change just before the midterm elections?
Such a deal is still likely to be very controversial in the United States, and talk of the unusual agreement comes months before a midterm election where the Senate majority is in play.
“Unfortunately, this would be just another of many examples of the Obama administration’s tendency to abide by laws that it likes and to disregard laws it doesn’t like — and to ignore the elected representatives of the people when they don’t agree,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Times in a statement.
No, it’s not a good idea. But if Obama wants to make that mistake, by all means — go right ahead.