Repeal "Clean Water Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation
Proposed by: BURNINATI0N
Description: WA General Assembly Resolution #107: Clean Water Act (Category: Social Justice; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
Argument: The World Assembly
APPLAUDS the noble intent behind the Clean Water Act
CONCURS with the basic principles underlying the Clean Water Act
DISMAYED that the Clean Water Act did not address the organization of international efforts to relieve poor, drought-ridden nations, or even attempt to require other nations to recognize the plight of these nations
RECOGNIZES with dismay the many shortcomings of the resolution:
1) The resolution is disappointingly vague on important points including, but not limited to:
A) It's first clause, which states without further elaboration, "The intentional contamination of any water supply that may conceivably serve civilians is prohibited, for purposes military or otherwise, without exception."
- Further elaboration as to the meaning of 'contamination,' or 'conceivably serve civilians' is absent from the legislation, leaving in doubt what water supplies are affected by the resolution, and what is considered 'contamination' with regards to a water supply.
- The use of nuclear weapons is clearly prohibited by this act, which is completely apart from the intent of the resolution.
B) Its statement that the clause applies 'without exception' seems absurd considering its vague nature.
C) The use of the word 'civilian' in clause 1 seems misplaced, as the rest of the resolution deals with mandates concerning only 'citizens' of member nations, rather than civilians in general.
- The use of the word 'civilian' is further misplaced, as the third line of the resolution reads, "SHOCKED that contamination of water supplies may be used as a military tactic."
2) Its section labeled '3', clause 'iv', which states: "Nations may charge reasonable amounts for water usage, provided such does not impede access."
A) The clause seems to be contradictory, as any price charged for water usage would impede access.
B) By preventing nations from impeding access to water, the resolution greatly reduces the ability of nations to conserve water in times of sustained drought.
3) Its section labeled '3', clause 'v,' which requires nations to provide aid to those lacking clean water.
A) The legislation does not address the fact that many nations do not have the power to ensure that the aid provided is actually used to obtain clean water.
HEREBY renders GA Resolution #105, "Clean Water Act" null and void.
Votes For: 367
Votes Against: 1,534
Voting Ends: in 3 days, 8 hours
Your Regional WA Delegate, Krioval, has not voted on this resolution.
Since I was against the original, I'm for this one.
For....repeals of bad legislation are our friends.
I don't think the reasons cited are enough. Too much nitpicking. Plus Enn's foreign minister is still suspicious of the entire concept of repeals - she was after all one of the UN ambassadors when repeals were introduced.
A repeal is a repeal in my book, I could care less about the argument behind. Sure having it there helps tell people why they should repeal, but if you know you want it removed does it really matter?
Well, I wasn't completely opposed to the resolution in question. Plus BURN's been annoying me a bit lately.