If other nations could punish us over what they perceive to be "environmental sins," would that be a a serious blow to America's sovereignty as a self-determining nation?
That's a question that could come up next month at an international summit in Paris.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, a United Nations document reveals plans for the UN to create an International Tribunal of Climate Justice that would become, essentially, a global court for dealing with countries that don't comply with their environmental standards.
A draft of the document "address cases of non-compliance of the commitments of developed country Parties on mitigation, adaptation, provision of finance, technology development and transfer and, capacity-building, and transparency of action and support, including through the development of an indicative list of consequences, taking into account the cause, type, degree and frequency of non-compliance," establishing the UN's ability to punish nations.
Plans of this nature have been criticized by the U.S. in the past.
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow co-founder Craig Rucker commented, "Whatever they call it, countries who sign onto this agreement will be voting to expand the reach of the UN climate bureaucracy, cede national sovereignty, and create a one-way street along which billions will be redistributed from developed to poor nations. Developed nations would be expected to slash their emissions while the 'poor' [developing] countries expand theirs."
But a large group of developing nations say they will demand this plan be established at the Paris summit next month.
South African diplomat Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko made clear that "Whether Paris succeeds or not will be dependent on what we have as part of the core agreement on finance."
Do you see this plan as a major violation of American sovereignty?