At Ocean Champions, we look for Members of Congress who are passionate about ocean issues. When these Members represent districts with strong ties to the ocean, we know they’re likely to be active. When these Members are leaders on Committees with ocean jurisdiction, we know they’re in position to produce results. When you get all three, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Today, Ocean Champions is proud to endorse Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D CA-6), and Congressman David Wu (D OR-1). They represent west coast districts with a true appreciation for nature, and a historical reliance on the sea. Both carry weight on the important House Science and Technology Committee, with Mr. Wu the Chairman of the Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, and Ms. Woolsey a senior member of the Energy Subcommittee.
Congresswoman Woolsey is a clear voice for sustainable environmental and ocean policies. She consistently supports legislation to extend tax credits for renewable energy, and was at the forefront of conservation technology when her green building amendment became law in the 2005 energy bill. More recently, she sponsored and passed a bill to expand the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Banks Marine Sanctuaries off the Sonoma and Mendocino County coasts. In addition to rebuilding threatened fisheries, this bill would prevent offshore drilling throughout the larger sanctuary.
Congressman Wu supports policies that drive conservation and develop alternative, clean energies. He understands that greenhouse gasses are causing climate change and ocean acidification, and believes that addressing these issues is critically important for our future. As the Chairman of the Technology and Innovation Subcommittee, Mr. Wu knows that developing clean energy can drive economic growth as well as improve ocean health.
In the 111th Congress, these champions have been on the same side of many important ocean votes. Both cosponsored the West Coast Ocean Protection Act, which would permanently ban oil drilling along the entire U.S. west coast. In addition, each supported the House-passed CLEAR Act, which would establish the nation’s first ever ocean conservation fund, and both cosponsored the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Act to address the growing ocean and human health problem of toxic algae outbreaks. They helped pass laws to protect sea otters and marine turtles, and cosponsored the Pacific Salmon Conservation Act.
When we talk about building political power for the oceans, this is what it means. Helping to elect Members like Congresswoman Woolsey and Congressman Wu who value healthy oceans, serve on Committees where they can take action, and consistently do the right thing.
The Ocean Champions Team
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