Joint Ocean Commission Initiative calls on U.S. to promote offshore wind development

Report focuses on the significant stresses on the ocean ecosystem by pollution, climate change
Co-Chaired by William Ruckelshaus, former EPA Administrator in the Reagan Administration, and Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation in the George W. Bush Administration and former Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration.

Commission urges Obama Administration, Congress to make a "national investment" in offshore wind

The bipartisan Joint Ocean Commission Initiative is calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to make a "national investment" in offshore wind "through adequate and stable financial and tax incentives" to "position us as leaders in an emerging global industry".

Their new report, 'Charting The Course, Securing the Future of America's Oceans', states: "The Administration's principles guiding domestic energy development include creating clean energy jobs and technologies, making America more energy independent, and reducing carbon emissions. Renewable energy -- particularly offshore wind energy -- has great potential for pursuing expansion."

The context for this policy recommendation the report focuses on is the significant stresses now placed on the ocean ecosystem by pollution, especially climate change, and the urgent need to mitigate those threats.

The commission states in part, "Our nation must also promote renewable energy development and return more of the revenues generated by activities on the Outer Continental Shelf to ocean science and management activities."

Recommendations of great impact for Cape Cod

The initiative offers a series of recommendations, the first of which is of great importance to Cape Cod: "The Administration and Congress should boost funding and support for programs that protect and restore critical coastal features, such as wetlands, dune systems, mangroves, salt marshes, seagrass beds, and coral reefs, all of which provide valuable services, including buffering against storm surges, purifying water, providing habitat for important species, and offering recreational opportunities."

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