Watching Government: Making US ocean policy

As the Obama administration's efforts to stop, contain, and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended their third month, a White House task force issued a report with broader US ocean policy implications.Obama's ocean policy task force issued their final recommendations on July 19. Their centerpiece was creation of a National Ocean Council, which would strengthen ocean governance and coordination."With a growing number of recreational, scientific, energy, and security activities, we need a national policy that sets the [US] on a new path for the conservation and sustainable use of these critical natural resources," said Nancy H. Sutley, who chairs the White Hous...

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