On August 28, 2014, Shauna Theel authored an article for Media Matters entitled "Conservative Media's 'Off-the-Rails' Claim About a Climate Deal and the Constitution." The article focuses on the suggestion in some media sources that President Obama is attempting to create an unconstitutional climate deal. Media Matters asked UN Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, John Knox, about the constitutionality of the agreement. Knox stated, "No, it isn't unconstitutional for the president to negotiate political commitments - presidents have done it countless times in the past . . . These political accords aren't legally binding."