Trent Lott explains support for treaty he once said would create ‘UN on steroids’
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott told The Daily Caller on
Monday that he isn’t a hypocrite for lobbying in favor of a treaty he
emphatically denounced as recently as 2007.
Lott said that he no longer believes the United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea — also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty — would
“cede our national sovereignty, both militarily and economically,” as he
said five years ago when the issue was last brought before the Senate.
The treaty would grant the United Nations unprecedented taxing
authority over American companies by transferring permitting and royalty
payments currently made to the U.S. government for offshore drilling to
the International Seabed Authority, a U.N.-created agency that would
have the power to redistribute billions of dollars to other countries.
It would also commit the United States to accept international arbitration of maritime disputes.
For three decades, the United States has declined to sign on.
“Over time, circumstances change,” Lott told TheDC. “The world has
changed from an economic and military standpoint. … Some people say ‘we
have the biggest, baddest navy fleet in the world, we’ll go and do what
we want to,’ [but] we ought to be careful about how we think about
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