Today, we are proud to announce our endorsement of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for reelection!
"I'm honored to receive the support of Ocean Champions," said Senator Boxer. "The Gulf oil spill underscores the need to protect our coast and the hundreds of thousands of California jobs that depend on our coastal economy. I will work to protect our oceans for today and for future generations."
Healthy oceans have always been important to Senator Boxer. She introduced the National Oceans Protection Act to implement the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy's important recommendations, which included establishing an ocean policy for our nation while reforming ocean governance, establishing a trust fund to support ocean management, research and education, and codifying NOAA. Senator Boxer has also promoted restoration of marine sanctuaries to provide critical habitat for threatened fisheries.
Today, she is a leading voice in the effort to hold BP accountable for their oil spill in the Gulf, and to protect our coasts and oceans from further drilling. As Chairwoman of the powerful Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Boxer led two hearings to investigate the causes of and responses to the Gulf spill. She has called for DOJ Criminal and Civil investigations, and recently joined other West Coast Senators to introduce legislation permanently banning offshore drilling in California, Washington and Oregon. Carly Fiorina, Senator Boxer's challenger, continues to support expanded offshore drilling, despite revelations from the BP Gulf oil spill.
Senator Boxer champions clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. She knows this is important not only for addressing climate change, but also for the economy. Many times we've heard her talk about how putting a price on carbon will drive investment in clean energy technology, creating jobs and driving economic growth for years.
Senator Boxer is the proven leader we need in Washington D.C. Ocean Champions will be working hard to ensure she wins.
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
P.S. As the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico shows, it has never been more important to elect strong ocean advocates to U.S. Congress. Help us support champions like Senator Boxer by donating to Ocean Champions today!