he same United Nations that appointed Cuba, China and Saudi Arabia to its Human Rights Council is now looking to steal something that belongs to us. The same United Nations that includes China and Pakistan as members of its Security Council now wants to make the United States less financially secure. The same United Nations that wants to confiscate your firearms also wants your offshore gas and oil revenues. And it is doing so with the advice and consent of our own government, which is now dusting off a long-forgotten treaty that was rejected 30 years ago to give it another go-around.
The United States, as a sovereign nation, is master of its own domain, including that which extends out at sea. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Proclamation 5928, which officially increased the outer limits of U.S. territorial waters from three to 12 miles. Reagan did this not only to conform to the practice of other countries, but also to deter foreign spy ships from operating too closely to our shores. Extending beyond our territorial waters is an exclusive economic zone, which includes waters within 200 miles of our coastline. This applies to all coastal nations, but because of our country’s unique geography, our economic zone contains a greater area than any other country in the world.