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house Bill H.R. 1881

Does The U.S. Need To Stop Using Taxpayer Dollars To Fund UN Climate Change Initiatives?

Argument in favor

The President should not be wasting taxpayer money on initiatives that are founded in controversial science. Why should we spend our tax money to advance the United Nations’ global warming agenda?

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05/25/2019
Not just yes but hell yes the sooner the better. #MAGA
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05/26/2019
Global Warming Is Nothing More Than An Environmentalists Scare Tactic. The President and the USA should not be wasting our taxpayer money on initiatives that are founded in controversial science. Why should we spend our tax money to advance the United Nations’ global warming agenda? SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻GlobalWarming👎🏻👎🏻. 5.25.19.....
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Bwana's Opinion
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05/25/2019
The U.N. has proven repeatedly that they are an ineffective corrupt organization. America should completely withdraw from the United Nations.
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Argument opposed

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone on the planet. U.S. contributions to the UN’s climate change initiatives benefit everyone, and the generations to come.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/25/2019
Since Trump decided he will not cooperate with the Democrats until they stop investigating him, I thought I’d do the same with him and the GOP until they stop acting like fascists and Donnie’s narcissism is cured. Sound childish? Yeah that’s what I thought when he said it. The sad part is he actually means it. Naturally we should help but if it doesn’t line DJT’s pockets it won’t happen. There’s one in every crowd. John, you know which one you are.. I will be more than happy to get my head out of the sand if you will remove yours from your ass but as you don’t seem to know it’s there...Look, if you’re going to come at me do so with facts or solutions..I’m an Independent. I might change my mind. Here’s a solution for you which won’t raise the taxes. Stop subsidizing fossil fuels and use that money towards climate initiatives. I mean this is supposed to be a free market. Let the product stand or fall on its own.
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Thelma's Opinion
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05/25/2019
Climate change must be addressed immediately and with everything we’ve got.
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Lori's Opinion
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05/25/2019
Good lord, Blaine. You’re an idiot. Science is science. Wake up and realize your inaction is detrimental to your grandchildren’s (and mine) very lives! Climate change is REAL. we must find ways to slow climate change not ignore it. Wake up!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 26th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1881?

This bill would prohibit all U.S. federal departments and agencies from making financial contributions to two major United Nations (UN) entities that address global climate change:

The Obama administration had nearly doubled the funding received by these agencies from what they were given by the Bush administration to a level of more than $10 million per year.

Impact

Taxpayers, the United Nations, climate change activists and climate change skeptics, federal agencies and departments that might contribute to UN climate change entities.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1881

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) reintroduced this bill from the 114th and 115th Congresses to prohibit any U.S. contributions to fund the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Green Climate Fund (GCF)

“A nice name doesn’t camouflage the fact that these entities are fraught with waste and fraud, and engaged in dubious science. My bill will stop this egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars and prevent American taxpayers from footing the bill for these programs.”

When he introduced this bill in the 114th Congress in response to President Obama's $3 billion dollar pledge to the UN's Green Climate Fund, Rep. Luetkemeyer argued this bill was needed to bar the use of taxpayer dollars for "the U.N.’s global warming schemes":

“For far too long, American tax dollars have been sent to the United Nations to produce controversial science and feel-good conferences. Now the president is pledging to pony up billions more to implement these ill-gotten policies. American taxpayers should not foot the bill for an unelected organization that is fraught with waste.”

In 2017, Marlo Lewis Jr., a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, argued that the GCF should never have been funded because the U.S. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which established the GCF, accepted the "State of Palestine" as a signatory to the treaty. U.S. law forbids any taxpayer dollars being sent to international organizations that recognize Palestine as a sovereign state — therefore, Lewis argues: 

"[D]efunding the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is something current law actually requires because the U.N. framework convention is not just a treaty but the organization that administers that treaty, and under U.S. law, any U.N. agency that recognizes Palestine as a state or grants statehood status to any non-state actor is barred from receiving any money from federal agencies. The United States did this with [the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization], for example, when [UNESCO] admitted the Palestinian Authority as a state, and so the United States no longer makes contributions to UNESCO. This law is not in any way referenced in this bill, and since the bill doesn’t really explain its rationale, it’s hard to know whether that entered into [Luetkemeyer’s] thinking at all.”

The World Resources Institute's Joe Thwaites argues that U.S. support of international climate finance is necessary. He argues: 

"International climate finance brings clear benefits, not just by helping recipient countries pursue sustainable development, but also closer to home, by boosting demand for U.S. clean tech exports and expertise and addressing root causes of national security threats."

This bill doesn't have any cosponsors in the 116th Congress. In the 115th Congress, it had 16 Republican cosponsors and didn't receive a committee vote. When it was first introduced in the 114th Congress, it had 19 Republican cosponsors and also didn't receive a committee vote.


Of Note: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established with the aim of channeling funds to aid developing countries in implementing greener climate policies. The money raised will go towards helping developing countries curb their carbon emissions and develop better infrastructure to deal with the effects of climate change.

The U.S. is already behind in its contributions to the GCF. President Obama pledged $3 billion to the fund in 2014 but was only able to deliver $1 billion before leaving office. Trump has opposed further funding, and the 2019 fiscal year budget doesn't have any funding for the GCF. Likewise, the FY 2019 budget also doesn't have dedicated money for the IPCC and UNFCCC — instead, there's a $10 million budget line for a variety of UN Environmental Programs, from which the UNFCCC and IPCC will likely receive some funding.

Other major contributors to the fund include Japan, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, and Belgium.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user John Gillespie

AKA

To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Green Climate Fund.

Official Title

To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Green Climate Fund.

    Not just yes but hell yes the sooner the better. #MAGA
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    Since Trump decided he will not cooperate with the Democrats until they stop investigating him, I thought I’d do the same with him and the GOP until they stop acting like fascists and Donnie’s narcissism is cured. Sound childish? Yeah that’s what I thought when he said it. The sad part is he actually means it. Naturally we should help but if it doesn’t line DJT’s pockets it won’t happen. There’s one in every crowd. John, you know which one you are.. I will be more than happy to get my head out of the sand if you will remove yours from your ass but as you don’t seem to know it’s there...Look, if you’re going to come at me do so with facts or solutions..I’m an Independent. I might change my mind. Here’s a solution for you which won’t raise the taxes. Stop subsidizing fossil fuels and use that money towards climate initiatives. I mean this is supposed to be a free market. Let the product stand or fall on its own.
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    Climate change must be addressed immediately and with everything we’ve got.
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    Good lord, Blaine. You’re an idiot. Science is science. Wake up and realize your inaction is detrimental to your grandchildren’s (and mine) very lives! Climate change is REAL. we must find ways to slow climate change not ignore it. Wake up!
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    The U.S. needs to stop all fossil fuel subsidies! No more tax dollars spent on corporations whose business model is to destroy entire ecosystems and eventually the planet just so a very small percentage of people can rake in obscene profits. Before any fossil fuel companies are allowed to fike bankruptcy lets first see if they are avoiding liabilities environmental or pensions etc and make sure that all of their messes are cleaned up before any thoughts of ceo golden parachutes.
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    We need MORE climate initiatives not less!
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    Please don’t listen to the narrow minded people. Let’s listen to the science not make believe.
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    Are you friggin crazy! Anyone that supports not funding climate change should immediately move to some nice beachfront property on an island. Let’s help Darwin sooner than later.
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    Of course taxpayer dollars should be used to fund the efforts against climate change. This is a very real issue that will have very bad and very real results. Everyone that can needs to help save our planet from this threat.
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    The science on global warming is not controversial, it is clear and established. Only those whose greed won’t allow them to see beyond the end of their nose hair consider it controversial. The United States has been a major contributor to global warming and needs to be directly and deeply involved in its mitigation.
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    The US needs to do whatever it can to help mitigate the effects of climate change as our country is one of the biggest consumers of fossil fuel.
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    Global Warming Is Nothing More Than An Environmentalists Scare Tactic. The President and the USA should not be wasting our taxpayer money on initiatives that are founded in controversial science. Why should we spend our tax money to advance the United Nations’ global warming agenda? SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻GlobalWarming👎🏻👎🏻. 5.25.19.....
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    The U.N. has proven repeatedly that they are an ineffective corrupt organization. America should completely withdraw from the United Nations.
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    Whoever put this bill up is an idiot. # 1 CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. WE HAVE TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE IF WE ARE GOING TO SURVIVE. #2. The U N is a group WE STARTED. THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS. STOP TRUMP!!!!
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    Yeah, that sounds good if we want to make it known that the U.S. thinks it’s okay that large parts of the world will be uninhabitable in the next few decades and we’re okay with storms becoming more intense and more frequent. This has to be one of the most irresponsible pieces of legislation from the far right GOP! The United States needs to be a global leader in the fight against climate change!
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    USA needs to continue to support climate change- - support UN efforts and world efforts to ameliorate harm from climate change.
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    The only controversial aspect of this science is that some of y’all don’t like the findings and choose to act in your own selfish interests. This, like evolution, is settled science.
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    Climate change is an issue that affects not just every American but every living species on the planet. If the United Stars doesn’t take multilateral actions with the UN and other countries we are dooming our future generations as we near the point of no return.
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    Climate change is established science. Anyone who says otherwise is Faux News. We need to stop acting like toddlers, accept reality and try to mitigate the damage we're doing to the only planet we have.
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    The science is solid. Humans have influenced negatively the climate of our world. It is a world-wide problem that we can only solve together. These foolish deniers should be given no quarter.
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