posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 05:06 PM
reply to post by kalunom
According to your first quote: President Barack Obama is doing all of this himself. Not so. According to your source article, which reads more like
an op-ed (opinion editorial) instead of real news... he is not alone.
"...which includes a 27-member national ocean council; an 18-member governance coordinating committee; 10 national policies; nine regional
planning bodies—each involving as many as 27 federal agencies as well as states and tribes; nine national priority objectives; nine strategic action
plans; seven national goals for coastal marine spatial planning; and 12 guiding principles for coastal marine spatial planning.”
This is NOT President Obama acting alone and without multifaceted assistance. And, given his track record, he probably has included a broad spectrum
of experts, regardless of political affiliation. Unlike the majority of the right wing these days, the President works with a variety of people, most
often encouraging input from all sides.
Our oceans are more precious than most of us care to admit or even take time to think about and consider. We learned (or did we) a valuable lesson
during the Gulf oil spill incident a couple of years ago. Our oceans are fragile and an essential part of this planet, more delicate than we care to
believe. The last century has transformed vast, pristine reaches into polluted regions of filthy water. Did you know there is an area in the Pacific
the size of Texas comprised of broken-down particles of plastic and filth? In fact, scientists have predicted the existence of about seven of these
kinds of dead zones. Our oceans have been mismanaged. They really have not been managed at all. Overfishing, over-polluting...
Environmental groups that support the president’s efforts include the Pew Charitable Trusts, which says that the fragile health of the oceans
is being threatened by the increasing industrialization of the seas.
“If poorly planned or managed, drilling for oil and natural gas in federal waters, developing aquaculture and building wind, wave and tidal energy
facilities all have the potential to damage America’s marine environment,” Pew said in a statement supporting the president’s policy.
It is insanity not to govern our oceans. To have no oversight (or too little) has led us to where we are. The majority of scientists concur: our
oceans are in danger. Naturally, the right wing will attack *anything* the President does or does not do. If he takes action, then he's taken too
much action; if he takes little or no action, then he's not done enough. For anyone not wanting us to take responsibility for our oceans and
waterways, why not plan your vacation along the Gulf Coast and go for a swim, catch some fish and dine on oil and corexit (the chemical sprayed to
disperse the oil). Or, why not take a swim at the mouth of the Mississippi River? Or the Hudson? That is where we are now. The President's
initiative is only trying to make our water and oceans safer, cleaner --before it is too late.