Even liberal commentator Bob Beckel panned President Obama’s plan to enact a new, “politically binding” global warming treaty without Senate ratification, calling it “clearly a violation of the treaty-making power of the president.”
The rest of the panel on Fox News’ “The Five” — rarely fans of Obama’s policies on anything — had already slammed the proposed treaty, which would not be “legally binding” but would instead work to “name and shame” countries who failed to meet targeted standards for carbon emissions.
But Beckel’s co-hosts were surprised when he (partially) agreed with their criticism. “I wish we could get this climate thing, [but] it will go nowhere in the courts,” he said. “This is clearly a violation of the treaty-making power of the president.”
“That doesn’t mean I don’t support it,” Beckel added. “I’m just saying, there’s no way. When you’ve got a binding treaty, you can’t possibly do that without –“
“So why do it?” Andrea Tantaros asked.
“I don’t know,” Beckel admitted. “I think it’s — maybe, believe it or not, he probably believes it. I mean, I believe it’s a bigger threat than a lot of things.”
But Eric Bolling considered another angle, claiming he believes it’s “all about the money.” Billionaire Tom Steyer has promised millions to American politicians who take concerted steps to tackle climate change.