Ocean Champions is proud to endorse Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) for reelection in California's 10th District.
Congressman Garamendi is a California native, having grown up in the foothills. As a child, he spent a lot of time playing along the beaches of the Monterey Bay, and that coastline is still a big part of his family's life. His passion for ocean conservation starts with this deep personal connection and is evident in his words and actions.
As a new Congressman, it didn't take Mr. Garamendi long to establish his leadership credentials. Months ago, he began voicing his opposition to expanded offshore drilling. When the BP Gulf oil spill started flowing, Mr. Garamendi wasted no time introducing a bill to permanently ban drilling off the West Coast. His bill quickly attracted a large number of co-sponsors (37), a testament to the respect he has already earned on the Hill.
In addition to his work opposing drilling, Congressman Garamendi has been a strong supporter of renewable energy development. He pulls no punches in stating that climate change is being driven by human causes and that we must significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Showing his knowledge of natural systems and the value he places on oceans, Congressman Garamendi told us that he views global warming as inherently an ocean issue.
Congressman Garamendi was pleased to be recognized for his efforts, saying, "I am honored and delighted to receive the endorsement of Ocean Champions. Like Ocean Champions, I am committed to protecting our oceans. As Lt. Governor of California and Chairman of the State Lands Commission, I led the fights to stop the development of an LNG terminal off the Malibu coast and a new oil drilling lease in Santa Barbara County. The Ocean Protection Council was created with my help to force reductions in the plastic wastes that foul the beaches and oceans. My determination to protect oceans continues in Congress with my introduction of the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2010 - a bill that will stop all new federal oil and gas leases off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. I look forward to continue working with Ocean Champions to protect our oceans."
In his short tenure in the House, Congressman Garamendi has already shown himself to be a leader on ocean issues, and we're confident that his record here will continue to grow. This commitment to healthy oceans, along with his ability, breadth of knowledge and true understanding of his constituents make him the best choice for California's 10th District.
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team
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