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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01)

November 20, 2020

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, advocated for protecting our waters during a virtual committee hearing on Ocean Climate Action. 

The hearing focused on finding solutions to the climate crisis, specifically through H.R. 8632, the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act introduced by Chairman Raul Grijalva. This comprehensive bill includes provisions from other legislation, including Congresswoman Haaland’s 30 by 30 Resolution to Save Nature and her Climate Stewardship Act.

During the hearing, Congresswoman Haaland asked ocean policy experts about how the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act would protect our nation’s waters and oceans. She also entered scientific papers into the hearing record that support Title II of the bill, which establishes a national policy to protect 30 percent of the ocean by 2030, as well as a letter from 180 organizations and businesses urging the committee to protect 30 percent of our ocean areas by 2030.

VIDEO: Haaland Questions Experts On How Best To Protect Our Waters

Last month, Chair Grijalva, Vice Chair Haaland, and House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor led a press conference to unveil the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act. This bill is a landmark effort to address the ocean impacts of climate change and reform federal ocean management to better account for climate mitigation. 

The oceans have absorbed 93 percent of the heat trapped by climate change, making them hotter, and the carbon dioxide they have absorbed has made them more acidic. At the same time, up to 21 percent of the annual greenhouse gas emissions cuts the world needs can come from the oceans. The bill is a first-of-its-kind effort to stop the ongoing damage to our oceans and protect the food, jobs and coastlines on which millions of people depend.