Leadership: As an avid scuba diver, Senator Leahy has a great love for our oceans and the sea life that inhabits them. Once considered a limitless and inexhaustible resource, our oceans are now in jeopardy from the demands of a growing population that has depleted ocean and coastal resources. As Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Senator Leahy has led funding efforts to support the Coral Triangle Initiative, which is focused on preserving coastal, littoral, and reef resources in the world’s richest marine habitats with over 500 species of coral and 3,000 species of fish. Senator Leahy has also supported efforts in the Senate to address the issue of marine invasive species that hitch a ride to new habitats either through the discharge of ballast water that ships carry for stability or by attaching to a ship’s hull.
Senator Leahy has been a true champion for Lake Champlain, directing $80 million to clean up and protect the “sixth Great Lake.” Senator Leahy also took a leadership role in responding to the BP Gulf Oil Spill, urging the Obama administration to greatly expand the amount of information released about the spill and pressing for a comprehensive energy strategy driven by renewable energy.
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