Oil isn’t the only pollutant pouring into the oceans these days. There’s another big one, only it’s much more insidious and widespread: carbon dioxide.
Today Oceana board member and actor Sam Waterston will be on Capitol Hill urging Congress to take action to stop ocean acidification.
Last year, Congress passed the Federal Oceans Acidification Research and Monitoring Act, which created an ocean acidification program in the federal government. Waterston will call on Congress to fully fund and implement the program.
And since the only way to stop ocean acidification is to curb the amount of carbon dioxide entering the oceans, Waterston will urge Congress to preserve the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide.
Finally, he will call for an end to all new offshore drilling, in light of the oil spill that continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.
Stay tuned for more after Waterston’s testimony.