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house Bill H.R. 383

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?

ScottWalker's Opinion
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08/12/2015
"It is time to rein in the @EPA’s out-of-control power and return it firmly to the states." -twitter.com/ScottWalker
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/19/2015
This is the same UN who said that we should eat insects because they are nutritious. All climate change predictions made in past decades have come and gone without a single one coming to fruition.
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Elinor's Opinion
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04/12/2015
The U. S. needs to stop funding the U.N. And move it out of this country.
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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.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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08/12/2015
"Climate change is a planetary crisis." [twitter.com/SenSanders]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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03/03/2015
"We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgement of science — and act before it's too late." [whitehouse.gov]
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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08/12/2015
"The science is unmistakable: Earth’s climate is changing and human activities are contributing to climate change. Climate change endangers our health and national security, it threatens agricultural production and access to clean water, and it risks floods and droughts." [theguardian.com]
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 383?

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. 383

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

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.":

“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.”


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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(Photo Credit: Flickr user John Gillespie

AKA

No Tax Dollars for the United Nations' Climate Agenda Act

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.

    "It is time to rein in the @EPA’s out-of-control power and return it firmly to the states." -twitter.com/ScottWalker
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    "Climate change is a planetary crisis." [twitter.com/SenSanders]
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    "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgement of science — and act before it's too late." [whitehouse.gov]
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    "The science is unmistakable: Earth’s climate is changing and human activities are contributing to climate change. Climate change endangers our health and national security, it threatens agricultural production and access to clean water, and it risks floods and droughts." [theguardian.com]
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    We contribute to the problem; we need to contribute to the solution.
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    "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice." [twitter.com/DonaldTrump]
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    "Ignoring the scientific evidence is 'almost like denying gravity now.'” [washingtontimes.com]
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    The human race is going to end if we do not do something SOON about climate change.
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    This is the same UN who said that we should eat insects because they are nutritious. All climate change predictions made in past decades have come and gone without a single one coming to fruition.
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    "Join us in telling these guys that climate change is a serious threat we should not ignore" [twitter.com]
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    The U. S. needs to stop funding the U.N. And move it out of this country.
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    Because the American tax payer is getting pounded bad enough, we don't even take care of our vets, eledery
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    Climate change is a national concern, we need to work with other countries around the world to protect our planet so it remains habitable for as long as possible. It is negligent to think otherwise.
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    As a major player in the international community, it is vital that the United States take initiative in combating climate change as we have the financial resources to do so; not to mention the fact that this issue will eventually affect the U.S. at some point.
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    "What the IRS, EPA, and entire bureaucracy have done with overregulation, we can undo by act of Congress and order of the president." -twitter.com/JebBush
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    Enough of limiting scientific studies to further political agendas
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    I completely disagree. Climate change is an issue facing planet Earth. It this point in time the UN is the closest thing to a organization responding to the issues of planet Earth. If you expect large multinational corporation to be responsible without regulation, it is time to reflect upon the examples from history.
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    YES! Stop sending US dollars to the United Nations - starting with this wasteful spending.
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    The facts all point to global warming as an active problem. Whether it is the fault of man or not we have the power and responsibility to do something. Any claim that we don't is irresponsible and wreckless.
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    Climate change is a national security problem. Many parts of the US will become unlivable in the coming years. However, I do not believe that the UN should have direct control over internal US legislation, but should set standards that we should aim for through methods which we decide for ourselves. Personally, I believe that we should move government infrastructure to solar energy, establish an air pollution tax on businesses, remove environmental regulations, but increase transparency within the private sector so that people can boycott businesses which they don't agree with (enable market self-regulation), create a voluntary partnership with the private sector and the government to transition from fossil fuels to green energy, and research ways for communities to adapt to the effects of climate change, which would create new products that businesses can develop.
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