According to its advocates, we need the U.S. Convention on the Law of the Sea (which often goes by the acronym LOST) for a variety of reasons. One of them concerns the oil and gas resources located in the outer limits of our continental shelf. LOST’s proponents say we can obtain legal title to it only by signing on to the treaty. But under international law and long-standing U.S. policy, we already have access to these areas.
Environmental activists are high on the treaty, too. That’s because they anticipate suing the United States if it joins LOST — to force America to adopt the radical climate-change agenda they’ve been unsuccessful at imposing so far, at least. Groups such as Greenpeace would love a chance to make the U.S. pay in international court. That’s just what we’d do under LOST — pay.
This treaty amounts to little more than an expensive power grab by America’s detractors worldwide. President Reagan was right to reject it 30 years ago. The U.S. Senate should do the same thing today.
An election is a time to choose our leaders, and Americans have done so. Now we need to hold those leaders responsible as we try to solve the big problems our country faces.
Ed Feulner is the president of the Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).