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What The Trump Administration Doesn’t Understand About Ocean Conservation: ‘We Need to Fully Protect at Least 30% of It’

Source: Los Angeles Times/Ayana Elizabeth Johnson/Jeff Orlowski - January 12, 2018 in Politics

What The Trump Administration Doesn’t Understand About Ocean Conservation: ‘We Need to Fully Protect at Least 30% of It’
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The Trump administration announced last week that it would open 90% of our coastal waters to oil and gas drilling. It declared last month that it would shrink or eliminate several national monuments — both terrestrial and marine. Last year, it rolled back safety requirements that prevent spills like the Deepwater Horizon, and it stated it would reconsider protections of national marine sanctuaries. The reigning principle here, to the extent that there is one, is to put short-term economic gains first, way ahead of the environment.

Apparently lost on the administration are two simple facts: If we want to keep fishing, we need places where there is no fishing. If we want to maintain coastal tourism economies, we need places without drilling.

This is not about hugging whales and waxing sentimental about coral reefs. We need to use the ocean — food security and jobs depend on it. But we must be careful not to use it up. And right now, despite its vastness, we are indeed in danger of using it up.

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