Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal authority on issues regarding the environment.So many questions.
The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year.
But the court would also fine countries or companies that fail to protect endangered species or degrade the natural environment and enforce the "right to a healthy environment".
- Who will control the money?
- What will they do with that money?
- Who will be responsible for financial audits of this "court"?
- What will this "court" do when they run across a country that tells them to pound sand? You know, like China.
The election of Barack Obama as U.S. president may, however, help the mood at the Dec. 1-12 meeting of 9,000 delegates in the industrial city of Poznan since he has promised more action to slow warming than President George W. Bush.Let me step out on a limb and say bullcrap. There is a reason why not a single Democrat voted for the Kyoto Treaty 11 years ago. Kyoto was a scam concocted by Europeans to damage America's economy and everyone, including Dems, knew it. Obama will not agree to it either. Kyoto may play well in San Francisco, but it doesn't play well in the suffering blue-collar union-organizing industrial and mining belt.