A Global Tax? UN Debates Requiring Members to Report 'GHG' Emissions

The NGOs also refuse to acknowledge that energy sources like wind and solar are wholly inadequate replacements for fossil fuels that create abundant, clean energy so that all people can attain a healthy standard of living.

Americans started down this road in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. President George H.W. Bush signed both the “soft law” document called Agenda 21 and the UNFCCC treaty that was ratified by the Senate the same year.

It may be deja vu in Paris if the UN produces not only a new treaty, but also a “soft law” document. The danger of “soft law” documents is that they do not require congressional approval. Agenda 21 was implemented by Clinton’s 1993 executive order that created the “President’s Council on Sustainable Development”; today it continues to wreak havoc on communities across America.

Stern explained: “Some agreements do and some agreements don’t [require congressional approval]. ... So it’s going to depend entirely on how this agreement is written, how it is framed, what is or isn’t legally binding and so on. … We don’t know yet.”

As the UNFCCC concludes its work in Lima on December 12, we will learn whether the Obama administration commits to measuring and reporting GHG emissions, the necessary measurements to create a carbon-taxing scheme. At next year’s meeting in Paris, we will learn whether the UNFCCC will produce either a treaty or a “soft law” document, or both, and we will understand the immeasurable impact of both on our liberties.