In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (R-MO) introduced this
legislation (his first in the 114th Congress) in response to President
Obama's $3 billion dollar pledge to the UN's Green Climate Fund. Luetkemeyer and other supporters see the bill as barring the use of taxpayer dollars for "the U.N.’s global warming schemes.":
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.”
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.
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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