As we like to say, elections matter. Whoever wins in November decides what ocean policies will be in place for the next two years. That's why we help elect good ocean champions to Congress. Enforcing accountability on ocean issues requires more than that, however. We also have to defeat the bad guys who attack our oceans.
As you’re well aware, we’ve got plenty of bad guys to choose from in the Congress, so we’d like your help. Tell us which of these two ocean enemies you’d like us to campaign against:
Congressman Steve Southerland (R-FL, Second District)
Congressman Southerland narrowly defeated former ocean champion Alan Boyd in 2010, and has since shown up on the wrong side of almost every important ocean health issue:
- He loves offshore oil drilling! He voted to exempt Big Oil from using pollution control systems on their offshore drilling platforms, and weaken offshore drilling safety standards to levels lower than those in place before Deepwater Horizon!
- He loves big polluters. He just introduced a bill to neuter the EPA’s ability to regulate water quality in Florida where toxic algal blooms already wreak havoc on coastal habitats, fish, tourism and human health.
- He’s not too fond of clean water, generally. Congressman Southerland voted to rush President Obama’s decision on the dirty Keystone XL pipeline.
- The thought of federal agencies managing natural resources responsibly makes him angry (and confused). The Congressman rails against the sensible National Ocean Policy, suggesting it would rob him of all his rights as a citizen.
- He's anti-fish. Congressman Southerland has repeatedly attacked good sustainable fishing policies.
Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ, Third District)
As a freshman member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Runyan has shown that his main goal is to use natural resources not conserve them. Of note, he:
- He’s another “drill baby, drill” guy. He voted to rush President Obama’s decision to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and doubled down by voting to minimize the EPA’s ability to designate bare minimums for states’ water quality standards.
- Like we said, he likes to drill… He voted for two bad bills that would have increased offshore oil drilling, reduced oversight and safety regulations, and exempted oil companies from having to use available pollution control technologies.
- He likes fish, just not in the ocean. He introduced a bill that guts the conservation standards in current U.S. fisheries law, allowing rampant overfishing to occur again.
Tell us who you’d like to make Ocean Enemy #1 by voting here today!
Cast your vote on Ocean Enemy #1
For the Oceans,
David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder