Obama’s proposed Pacific Ocean “national monument” resource grab

by 1389 on June 19, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Barack Hussein Obama, eco-radicals, water transportation

Obama's Pacific Ocean grab
Shown here, center, is a map of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which the Obama administration is looking to significantly expand. NOAA

Fox News: Obama aims to create world’s largest ocean preserve

President Obama on Tuesday announced plans to create what could be the largest marine preserve in the world, an initiative that aims to protect “pristine” Pacific Ocean environments but could run into opposition from the fishing industry and lawmakers worried about the president’s use of executive power.

The president announced his plans via video message at an oceans conference hosted by the State Department, and attended by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

“We can protect our oceans for future generations,” Obama said, vowing to use his “authority as president” to protect “some of our most precious marine landscapes.”

The president did not get into detail in his video message, but officials say Obama is considering a massive expansion to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, to protect it from drilling, fishing and other actions. The protected waters surround a group of mostly uninhabited islands, controlled by the U.S., that sit between Hawaii and American Samoa.

The Washington Post reported that Obama is looking at expanding the preserve, from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles. The monument, created by President George W. Bush just before he left office in 2009, includes seven islands.

The Post reports that the designation is expected to face opposition from the U.S. tuna fleet, which operates in the region. Republicans in Congress have called the proposal another attempt by the administration to test the limits of executive power.

“For years the Obama Administration has threatened to impose ocean zoning to shut down our oceans, and today the president is making good on that threat,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said in a statement on Tuesday. “This is yet another example of how an imperial president is intent on taking unilateral action, behind closed doors, to impose new regulations and layers of restrictive red-tape.”

Hastings said the announcement “will likely make the U.S. tuna fleet even less viable, meaning in the not-too-distant future all of America’s tuna will be caught by foreign vessels.”

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