Thursday, December 10, 2009

435 rotten things in Denmark?

So apparently Congressional Republicans, opposed to halting climate change, feel they should all get to go to Denmark to negotiate America's part in the Copenhagen treaty. They claim that the Constitution gives them the right, which is true, except for the part in the Constitution where it says that "He [The president] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur." That means that the president negotiates the treaty and then brings it before Congress, who can approve or reject it. This is how it's been done only for the past 222 years or so.

Now America's Congressional climate change supporters feel that the only way to negotiate our position in international treaties is to fly all of Congress around the world to give their own two cents each time. Honestly: doesn't the proscribed way to change the Constitution involve submitting amendments or something like that?

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