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Bush’s surprising legacy: Saving the oceans, helping the earth

January 12th, 2009

By Shermakaye Bass
Green Right Now

When President George W. Bush announced plans recently to protect more than 195,000 square nautical miles of Pacific Ocean that are part of the United States’ official waters – a combined area the size of California – some eco-activists were surprised, even shocked.

The outgoing American president hasn’t exactly earned a reputation for environmental stewardship over the past eight years. And most in the eco-community agree that his on-land legacy has been a total failure. “Truly dismal,” says Dennis Heinemann, Vice President for Climate Change Programs at the Ocean Conservancy.

Except, he adds…when it comes to marine conservation.

Heinemann and others (the primary non-governmental players in the recent designations are the Marine Conservation Biology Institute, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Pew Environmental Fund) have been lobbying the White House and Capitol Hill to protect America’s coastal waters for years, even decades.

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Conservationists applaud as President Bush creates three marine monuments

January 6th, 2009

President George W. Bush smiles after delivering his remarks on U.S. Ocean Action Plan Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The U.S. Ocean Action Plan established a coordinated ocean governance structure to enhance leadership and coordination among the Federal agencies with ocean-related responsibilities and activities. White House photo by Eric Draper
White House photo by Eric Draper

President George W. Bush smiles after delivering his remarks on U.S. Ocean Action Plan last September at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. President Bush has now protected more of the ocean than any other president.

Green Right Now reports

President George W. Bush today announced the establishment of three underwater monuments that will protect a vast area of the central Pacific Ocean that spans nine tropical coral islands and their surrounding waters.

The action was cheered by conservationists and environmental groups, including the Marine Conservation Biology Institute and Environmental Defense Fund, which each worked with the administration to establish the protections.

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