Friday, June 23, 2017

Kerry

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Paris, we have a problem.

Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview on MSNBC on Thursday, that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord “puts America last.”

“It is a shameful moment for the United States, to have unilaterally walked away from an agreement which did not have one other country requiring us to do something,” Kerry said.

“It was a voluntary program … The president was not truthful with the American people today, and the president who talked about putting America first, has now put America last.”

He claimed that Trump “is not helping the forgotten American,” Kerry said. “He is hurting them. Their kids will have worse asthma in the summer. They will have a harder time having economic growth. He’s made us an environmental pariah in the world, and I think it is one of the most self-destructive moves I’ve ever seen by any president in my lifetime.”

However, things seem to be little different, as Daniel Simmons, the vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research stated, “Air quality has been increasing, pollution has been decreasing, things are getting better and asthma’s getting worse,” Simmons said. “You have this disconnect.”

  1. Sterling Burnett, a research fellow in climate and energy issues for The Heartland Institute, noted in a recent article that, “Numerous studies, including a NERA Economic Consulting report cited in Trump’s announcement, showed meeting the carbon-dioxide targets imposed on the United States under the Paris agreement would force the premature closing of many of the nation’s least-expensive power plants. NERA estimated meeting the nation’s obligations under the agreement would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion, and by 2040, the United States would have lost 6.5 million industrial-sector jobs, including 3.1 million manufacturing jobs.”

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UN Gun Treaty

For the past 13 years, the United Nations has been working on a small arms treaty that has been ratified by 55 of their member states, crossing the threshold to take effect.

The treaty will begin on December 24, 2014.

The UN Gun Treaty would focus on imports and exports of conventional weapons and track their use among each nation’s civilian population.

The purpose of the treaty, according to the United Nations, is to ensure weapons don’t cross existing embargoes and do not end up being used for human rights abuses, including terrorism.

However, critics of the treaty feel the resolution goes much further.

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has been fighting the treaty for years.

The NRA-ILA states, “Anti-gun treaty proponents continue to mislead the public, claiming the treaty would have no impact on American gun owners. That’s a bald-faced lie.

“For example, the most recent draft treaty includes export/import controls that would require officials in an importing country to collect information on the ‘end user’ of a firearm, keep the information for 20 years, and provide the information to the country from which the gun was exported.

“In other words, if you bought a Beretta shotgun, you would be an ‘end user’ and the U.S. government would have to keep a record of you and notify the Italian government about your purchase. That is gun registration.

“If the U.S. refuses to implement this data collection on law-abiding American gun owners, other nations might be required to ban the export of firearms to the U.S.”

Advocates of the small arms treaty claim it will reduce risk of use in nations where acts of genocide, organized crime and gender-based violence occur.

Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty on behalf of the United States in September of last year.

While Kerry signed the treaty with the support of President Obama, it must still be ratified in Congress.

However, given Obama’s unilateral action on immigration amnesty, critics of the treaty fear the president will use executive action to ratify the resolution on behalf of the United States.

The organization, Second Amendment Foundation, recently began a campaign to raise awareness of the possibility of President Obama signing an executive order on the UN Gun Treaty.

The group is also threatening a lawsuit on the issue with the organization’s founder, Alan Gottlieb, stating, “”SAF will not allow the Obama administration to attack our constitutional rights without a fight. If Barack Obama takes executive action, we will file a lawsuit to stop him, and hold him accountable.”

In the meantime, the countdown to Christmas Eve continues.

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