Despite the government shutdown, champions in Congress are hard at work protecting our oceans and coasts. Last week, ocean champions joined together to reintroduce important legislation. Led by ocean champion Congressman Jared Huffman, who served as the top Democrat on the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee last Congress, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act and the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act were reintroduced on January 8.
From coast to coast, our ocean champions, Congressman Salud Carbajal in California, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor in Florida joined Congressman Jared Huffman and introduced similar legislation, sending a strong message of opposition to the Trump administration’s attempts to open up new drilling in public waters.
The West Coast Ocean Protection Act would permanently protect the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts by amending the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit new oil or natural gas leases in each state’s outer continental shelves and permanently protect the $44 billion coastal economies of those three states, which support nearly 650,000 jobs.
“The science and wave of public opposition is clear: America’s oceans must be protected from dangerous offshore drilling,” said Rep. Huffman. “Opening our public waters up to oil and gas companies puts fragile ecosystems in jeopardy for environmental catastrophe. We cannot stand idly by while the Trump administration places the short-term profit goals of polluters over the long-term interests of the American people. I’m glad to join today’s nationwide effort to block offshore drilling by introducing my legislation to give the Pacific Coast and Arctic Ocean the protections they deserve, shielding our oceans from reckless exploitation.”
Help Ocean Champions support ocean champions in Congress like Congressmen Jared Huffman, Salud Carbajal and Congresswoman Kathy Castor doing important work for ocean health and protection!
For the Ocean,
|David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder
P.S. I’m sure many of you are following discussions and debate regarding the select committee on climate change chaired by ocean champion Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida and the proposed New Green Deal. Politico published an in-depth article that is a valuable read.