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Senate Sticks Finger in Obama’s COP21 Plans

Nov. 19, 2015 (EIRNS)—On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed two resolutions which block key sections of the administration’s anti-coal program, which President Obama had planned to showcase at the COP21 "climate change" summit, which opens on Nov. 30 in Paris. The first resolution shot down the Environmental Protection Agency rule imposing a 32% cut in carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants in the U.S.; the second was against the EPA rule stating that no further coal-powered power plants will be constructed on the territory of the United States. Both resolutions passed by a vote of 52 to 46, with the backing of three Democratic Senators—Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, who represent states where coal plays a major role in the economy.

Obama blustered that if the House passes similar resolutions, and they land on his desk, he will veto them.

Republican Senators then delivered the message the next day, that they have no intention of funding the U.S. share of the $100 billion (minimum) "Green Climate Fund" cooked up to bribe developing countries into signing onto "climate change" restrictions that will end their economic development. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy) put it colorfully: "We want to make sure that any of these countries that think they’re going to have a check to cash because of an agreement that the President may make in Paris—they shouldn’t cash the check just yet."

The venue for the message was a hearing of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, chaired by Sen. Jim Inofe (R-Ok). Inhofe had tried repeatedly this Fall to get even one EPA, State Department, or Council of Environmental Quality official to testify before the committee on administration plans for the COP21 meeting, to no avail.

In opening the hearing, Inhofe warned Obama that Congress will not approve new money for the Green Climate Fund without first being able to review any deal struck in Paris:

"If the President wishes to produce something substantive from the Paris negotiations... there is no way around the Senate. However, if the President heeds the advice of other COP 21 participants and wishes to bypass Congress, then he will be limited to making a non-binding, political commitment with no means of enforcement, accountability, or longevity.

"Beyond the process, there is the financing element of these negotiations. Let me be very clear: this congress will not approve a cent of appropriations for the Green Climate Fund,"

Inhofe added.

That’s not a small threat. The Queen’s own population- reductionist Hans Joaquim Schellnhuber told the London Guardian on Nov. 9 that the Queen’s climate hoax genocide could proceed without a binding agreement at Paris, but if the OECD nations refused to fund that Green Climate Fund, it could blow up any agreement at all.