The House Science and Technology Committee is an important incubator for healthy ocean policy, and today we're proud to endorse three members who use their position on this Committee to move and pass great ocean bills. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Donna Edwards (D-MD) have been able to pass good ocean bills even in this difficult political environment.
Congressman McNerney literally wrote the book on transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. As a former wind power engineer and entrepreneur, the Congressman’s work contributed to saving the equivalent of approximately 30 million barrels of oil, or 8.3 million tons of carbon dioxide. Today, he’s using that expertise to boost the renewable energy sector as the best way to stop ocean acidification while growing our economy, and recently passed a bill to enable development of a major solar power project in California.
Congresswoman Bonamici is also a strong advocate for renewable energy technology. She sees great potential in for clean energy generation in Oregon’s First Congressional District, which boasts natural solar, wind and wave resources. To catalyze this industry, Bonamici advocates redirecting oil and gas subsidies toward alternative energy. The Congresswoman is also working to clean up our oceans by fighting marine debris. She cosponsored the recently passed House Marine Debris Act, and is working to help Oregon cope with Tsunami debris.
With the Chesapeake Bay plagued by toxic algae and a growing dead zone, Congresswoman Edwards has worked to provide solutions by advocating for the strongest possible Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Act. She has also pushed hard to address threats posed by offshore oil drilling, and has established a strong record on sustainable management of our fisheries.
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