As you’ve seen, leadership in the 112th Congress seems ready to double down on energy policies that exacerbate our addiction to fossil fuels while leaving us ill prepared for a clean energy future. Fortunately, there are visionary leaders like Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) who understand that our future environmental and economic health depend on development of clean, renewable energies and an end to dependence on the “drill, baby drill” policies of the past.
For his passionate defense of our oceans and coasts, and his efforts to create a sustainable energy future, Ocean Champions is proud to endorse Congressman John Garamendi to represent California’s new 3rd District.
As a California native, Congressman Garamendi grew up playing along the beaches of the Monterey Bay. His passion for ocean conservation starts with this deep personal connection and has been clear throughout his career. As Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Interior Department in 1995, he led efforts to protect the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta, coordinated research on global warming, and established habitat conservation plans in California. As California’s Lt. Governor and Chairman of the State Lands Commission, he led the fights to stop the development of an LNG terminal off the Malibu coast and a new offshore drilling lease in Santa Barbara County. He also helped create the Ocean Protection Council to force reductions in the plastic wastes that foul beaches and oceans.
Since being elected to Congress in 2009, he has established himself as a leader in the fight against expanded offshore drilling, and in the fight for a clean energy future. He has introduced legislation to spur development of wind, solar and geothermal energy, knowing that they can deliver sustainable energy and new jobs, and has stood up against attacks on the EPA because he understands that clean air and water save American lives.
"It is an honor to receive the endorsement of Ocean Champions," said Congressman Garamendi. "Our beaches and oceans are valuable treasures which we must protect from harm. My lifelong commitment to policies that help the environment and foster innovative paths toward sustainability has provided me with many opportunities to work alongside Ocean Champions and I look forward to continuing this partnership in the future."
Congressman Garamendi is a true ocean champion, and is the best choice to represent the state’s new 3rd District.
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