The Palestinian Authority has been approved to join the climate cluckers on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As such, U.S. law dictates that domestic funding toward enforcing this treaty, via global reductions of greenhouse gases, must be eliminated.

U.S. Code Title 22, Section 287e, is clear, as the Heritage Foundation reports: “No funds … shall be available for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof which accords the Palestinian Liberation Organization the same standing as member states.”

And the law has precedent — namely, the elimination of U.S. funding for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 when Palestinians join it.

The U.N. climate change framework is supposed to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. It was the foundation for the previous Kyoto Protocol and now the equally dubious Paris agreement.

And climate change being Job One for President Obama, he has requested $13 million in fiscal year 2017 for the U.N. framework for all manner of climate escapades. As the 197th party to the climate change convention, the Palestinians pose a significant problem.

Expect Team Obama to double-down in urging Congress to amend U.S. law. Congress, instead, should be no less resolute in abiding by it and yank-ing funding from the U.N. climate change convention.


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