What Came Out of the North American Leaders' Summit?
The annual North American Leaders' Summit, attended by President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, concluded on Monday, August 10.
The three leaders pledged strong commitments to cap and trade of greenhouse gases in keeping with the "global warming" THEORY to be fulfilled during the upcoming United Nations meeting. While the U.S. House has passed a bill that would create massive new taxes and further harm the economy, the Senate has yet to take up the bill.
- President Obama pronounced the strongest commitment to greenhouse gas emission caps stating, "Nations like the United States and Canada will take the lead by reducing emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and we will work with other nations to cut global emissions in half. Indeed, we made progress toward the concrete goals that will be negotiated at the Copenhagen climate change summit in December."
- President Calderon made the strongest statement concerning a carbon trading system calling for "the development of our carbon market in order to have a regional market . . . We coincide that we have to foster the global agreement in Copenhagen and the instrumentation for a green fund," an obvious call for more American cash.
- Prime Minister Harper advocated "the importance of working together on a North American focus against climate change and in order to assure and guarantee a new international covenant that is efficient and truly global."
They rejected protectionism, but each in a different context.
- Mexico disapproves of Canada's requirement of a visa for Mexican visitors.
- Canada does not like the stimulus bill's call to "buy American."
- The U.S. "reaffirmed the need to reject protectionism," but stopped short of reversing Congress' directive to NOT allow Mexican trucks free access to American roads.
- President Obama promised to "continue to work to fix America's broken immigration system in a way that is in keeping with our traditions of being both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants," which is a call for comprehensive immigration reform, a.k.a. amnesty.
- President Calderon said "it is unthinkable to see that the U.S., the main power, the main economic power in the world, without the contribution of the Mexican laborers and workers. This is not only a goodwill statement."
- Prime Minister Harper promised to fix Canada's refugee laws used to stem the tide of Mexicans flooding into Canada, which is why Canada requires Mexicans to obtain visas.
National security was discussed:
- President Obama continued to blame America for Mexican drug violence stating he wanted "to stem the illegal southbound flow of American guns and cash that helps fuel this extraordinary violence." The fact is that 80% of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico are NOT American. The White House also needs to focus more on saying NO to drugs, than coddling drug abusers with needle exchange programs and counseling.
- Prime Minister Harper said, "There is no such thing as a threat to the security of the United States which is not a threat to the security of Canada."
- President Calderon blames the U.S. for their drug war stating, "The struggles we have led in Mexico for the rule of law and the security of our Mexican people forces us to stop the traffic of weapons and of money that go from north to south that strengthen and nourish organized crime gangs." American taxpayers are already footing the bill for Mexicans to be trained to fight the drug war. U.S. aid under the Merida Initiative is a three-year, $1.4 billion counternarcotics package begun by former President George W. Bush in 2007.