With a vehemently anti-ocean Chairman, the current House Natural Resources Committee has been a tough place for conservation policies to say the least. However, the “Fantastic Four” has fought tirelessly to repel many ocean attacks, and gives us hope for a strong Committee in the future. So today, we’re proud to endorse Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ), Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU).
As Ranking Member on the Committee, Congressman Markey has called out House leadership for their attempts to gut clean air and clean water laws. He’s held Big Oil and other polluters accountable for their actions while opposing expanded offshore drilling. He is a consistent supporter for sustainable energy, and led the House passage of the landmark Waxman-Markey Clean Energy and Security Act (111th Congress) to address global warming and ocean acidification. He has worked to protect sustainable fishing policy and is a tireless defender of the National Ocean Policy.
Congressman Holt, a Ph.D. Physicist, trusts science to inform his opinions and has established a strong record on ocean conservation. As the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources he has fought for the National Ocean Policy and has worked for clean coastal water by blocking efforts to expand offshore drilling, cosponsoring legislation to address ocean garbage and toxic algal blooms. He also champions sustainable fishing policies.
As a fourth generation islander, Congresswoman Hanabusa knows that healthy oceans are vital to Hawaii’s culture and livelihood. She led and passed an amendment to restore $1.6 million to NOAA’s 2012 marine debris budget, and has cosponsored important Coral Reef Conservation and Marine Debris bills. She has supported innovative fisheries management programs, defended the National Ocean Policy, and strongly supports renewable energy.
Congresswoman Bordallo has authored many bills to protect marine life and habitat. In the 111th Congress, she introduced and led the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 to passage. This important bill strengthened laws against shark finning in U.S. waters. In the 112th Congress, she’s introduced legislation to address coral reef conservation and enhanced regulation of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing.
By helping to elect the fantastic four, the ocean community can ensure a good defense is in place against attacks from anti-ocean Committee members. By helping to elect even more ocean champions, we can change the future of ocean policy for the good! As we say…
P.S. We have also endorsed Natural Resource Committee Members Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM, running for NM Senate).