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Republicans prefer naming things after Reagan to signing U.N. ocean treaties

Republicans prefer naming things after Reagan to signing U.N. ocean treaties

Senate Republicans have spent most of the summer so far being mad about a United Nations treaty that was first released for ratification in 1982. Which, amazingly, you probably don’t find all that surprising. Click to embiggen. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia.) The hilariously retro-sounding “Law of the Sea ” treaty (LOST) went into effect in 1994, without the U.S. on board. Its intent is to establish more stringent standards around nations’ oceanic jurisdiction: how far out into the sea counts as a nation’s territory, for example, or the limits to a country’s exclusive economic zone. The most controversial aspect from the United States’ perspective is a proposal that would subject the mining of the seabed outside of a country’s exclusive control to distribution of royalties. That’s part of why the right takes issue with it — the gotfersaken Yoo-nited Nations tryin’ to tell u...

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