Omnibus Spending Bill Quietly Funds UN Climate Programs


Conservatives and liberals have much to complain about today, with the omnibus spending bill’s inevitable passage. The bill, which is more than 2000 pages long, contains a $622 billion tax cut provision, but is packed to the gills with government spending totaling $1.1 trillion. The bill covers everything from visa regulations for foreign workers, to the EPA’s new wetlands regulations, to armor-piercing bullets to exports of domestically drilled crude oil, according to media outlets like USA Today.

The spending bill also includes a massive grant to UN climate programs. And while it misses giving directly to the UN’s Green Climate Fund – we’ve pledged $3 billion, but Congress has yet to approve the expenditure – it does give around $388 million to other global climate change efforts, some of which could funnel the cash directly into the GCF itself.

From the Daily Caller:

Congress’s spending bill gives $170,680,000 to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and another $49,900,000 to the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The bill also hands out $168,263,000 to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

All of these funds are ways the U.N. can finance its plan for $100 billion in green scheme spending every year. The budget bill also has no prohibition on reprogramming any of that funding for the GCF, leaving open the potential that the Obama administration could fund the U.N.’s green redistribution plan.

The GCF relies on pledges from individual countries and international organizations to reach its spending goals. Currently, the fund has gotten $5.9 billion from countries and cities with another $4.3 billion pledged. The U.S. has not given any funds to the GCF.

That’s only a small chunk of what the White House initially requested. Per the budget the President sent to Congress several months ago, the President wanted $1.3 billion for international environmental efforts, $500 million of which would have been our first payment to the GCF. In the eventual compromise bill, Congress cut the number down drastically, though the expenditure is still significant.

There’s also a separate line item for the United Nations Environment Program, which funnels and additional $339 million to UN climate programs, and includes a $10 million grant to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That money will go to pulling together climate policies that directly impact American taxpayers, often costing in the millions to implement and administer. So, essentially, it seems Congress is appropriating funds to send to a body that will help the White House to figure out how to appropriate more funds.

Since 2010, the US has spent nearly $13 billion fighting global climate change, according to the State Department. That’s a lot of money for programs that may or may not work, and may or may not make any impact on the global climate.