In the aptly anagramed Law Of The Sea Treaty, (LOST,) These two, “patriots,” seek to sign away our Navy’s rights to navigate or operate freely within our own territorial waters, let alone on the international seas. It seeks to have us pay a royalty on any oil recovered both within our territorial waters as well as anything found in the international seas. Any activity of free people on any open water, anywhere in the world would be subject to United Nations approval. Those areas considered open waters by the way include our coast lines, which has been considered our territorial waters since even before we were a country.
The entire treaty is nothing more than a world wide wealth redistribution scheme designed to harm the United States and to weaken our ability to defend our sovereign borders should a world wide caliphate wish to intrude itself upon us.
Ronald Reagan refused to sign this treaty in 1982, Once treaties are ratified and signed, then they are even more difficult to get rid of than a newly created federal bureaucracy.
Like its Kyoto cousin, LOST is an attempt at the global redistribution of power and wealth, the embodiment of the progressive dream of the end of the nation state as we know it and the end of political freedom by giving veto over all of mankind’s activities to a global body — in this case something called the International Seabed Authority, located in Kingston, Jamaica.
The ISA would have the power to regulate 70% of the earth’s surface, placing seabed mining, fishing rights, deep-sea oil exploration and even the activities of the U.S. Navy under control of a global bureaucracy. It even provides for a global tax that would be paid directly to the ISA by companies seeking to develop the resources in and under the world’s oceans.
As Heritage Foundation senior fellow Peter Brookes notes, the U.S. government now can collect royalty revenues from oil and gas companies that wish to drill on our extended continental shelf — the undersea areas beyond 200 miles of our coast. But if we ratify LOST, we’d have to fork over as much as 7% of that revenue to the ISA for redistribution to poorer, landlocked countries.
Maritime and jurisdictional disputes would be settled by the ISA, which presumably would tell the U.S. Navy where it could and could not go. Freedom of navigation has been guaranteed by the U.S. Navy and, before it, the British Royal Navy. Now it would be the ISA. This meets perfectly the definition of the “global test” Sen. John Kerry, a backer of LOST, said in 2004 that our actions must meet.