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LOST Becomes a Lost Cause

Recorded on July 18, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Even before an official vote, the Law of the Sea Treaty – the 30-year-old LOST treaty – is already sunk. Approval requires two-thirds approval by the U.S. Senate. But now 34 Senators—more than a third—have signed letters saying they will vote no.

The treaty proposed by the United Nations isn't totally bad, but it's dominated by poison pill provisions. Like giving royalty interests to an extension of the UN. That essentially becomes a tax on using the resources of the oceans, a way to get money from America and other nations and redistribute wealth through a UN bureaucracy.

The environmental provisions of the LOST treaty would also guarantee a never-ending series of lawsuits against the USA.

Democrats who run the Senate may go through the motions of a vote on the LOST treaty, but obviously that vote will be a lost cause.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.