Congress has been on recess for two weeks in April and will reconvene on May 2. However, a government shut-down was averted at the eleventh hour as President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Boehner (R-OH) reached a budget accord.
Under an unprecedented agreement, BP has agreed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the largest agreement of its kind ever reached. These projects will begin to address impacts to natural resources caused by the Deepwater BP oil spill.
On the first anniversary of the BP oil well blowout, regional and national leaders urged Congress to hold BP accountable by passing legislation to dedicate BP’s Clean Water Act (CWA) fines to restoring the Gulf’s damaged environment and economy.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter is asking oil giant BP to put up cash now to help Louisiana with its restoration efforts after last year’s oil spill, rather than wait until a complex tally of what the company will owe is complete.
A strong case can be made that fishing is America’s oldest profession. Europeans were using parts of what is now Atlantic Canada as seasonal fish camps as far back as the early 15th century—even before Columbus confused the Caribbean for the shores of India.
Six months into the fiscal year, Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over the FY11 budget. Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that negotiators had reached a tentative agreement to cut $33 billion in spending from the FY10 levels.
In the wake of Japan’s tsunami disaster, NOAA is urging Americans who live and vacation at the coast to take the threat of tsunamis seriously.
On behalf of the 99 member institutions of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, we respectfully recommend the Committee support the President’s FY12 budget request of $7.7 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF); $1.8 billion for NASA Earth Science; and that you fully fund the extramural research and observation programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
On February 10, 2011, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and four other organizations (American Geophysical Union, Sea Grant Association, Alliance for Earth Observations, and the National Federation of Regional Associations on Coastal and Ocean Observing) hosted an Ocean and Coastal Science Community Welcome Reception for the 112th Congress.
On February 10th, Ocean Leadership and four other co-sponsoring organizations (American Geophysical Union, Sea Grant Association, Alliance for Earth Observations, and the National Federation of Regional Associations for Coastal and Ocean Observing) hosted a welcome reception for the 112th Congress.