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STATEMENT: The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act Recognizes the Critical Importance of the Ocean to All Americans

Washington, D.C. — Today, World Ocean Day, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, a comprehensive and ambitious piece of legislation to take on the climate crisis in creative new ways. In response, Center for American Progress Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss released the following statement:

We cannot overlook the power of the ocean in helping avert our climate crisis—or the damage that a changing climate can do to this ecosystem that feeds 3.1 billion people around the world. Chairman Grijalva’s bill acknowledges the ocean’s potential to store carbon, generate clean energy, and shield people who live on the coast from the impacts of an increasingly unpredictable climate. The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act recognizes the critical importance of the ocean to all Americans and the need to take action as we watch the waters become hotter, more acidic, and stormier. It’s time for Congress to lead the way to a future with a safe and stable climate.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Ari Drennen at adrennen@americanprogress.org.