"Unfortunately with the stroke of his pen, President Obama ignored a viable alternative developed with stakeholders and unnecessarily cordoned off vital acreage for fishing communities off the coast of Cape Cod.
In his written testimony, Mayor Mitchell pointed out inherently flawed issues in the monument designation process: “It lacks sufficient amounts of all the ingredients that good policy-making requires: scientific rigor, direct industry input, transparency, and a deliberate pace that allows adequate time and space for review,” Mitchell wrote."
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"Seventeen congressional Republicans signed a resolution on Wednesday vowing to seek "economically viable" ways to stave off global warming, challenging the stated views of President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax."
"On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 10:00 am in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee will hold a one-panel oversight hearing on “Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries.”"
"Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa) sent a letter to President Trump today requesting removal of all marine monument fishing prohibitions and reinstatement of fisheries management under federal law.
“Access to several of the nation’s key fisheries is in jeopardy—through the establishment and expansion of marine national monuments. […] The commercial fishing prohibitions of marine national monuments impact shore-side businesses and local economies of the U.S.,” the letter states."
Via Ars Technica
"Last week, newly appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt made some comments about climate change that were clearly at odds with a basic scientific understanding of the climate. Since then, various groups of scientists have pointed out just how wrong he was and have offered to help out if he decides to come to grips with reality."
"The order, which could be signed this week, goes far beyond a targeted assault on Obama-era measures blocking coal leasing and throttling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that has been discussed for weeks. Some of the changes could happen immediately; others could take years to implement."
Via Seafood Source
"Elected representatives in Congress and industry groups are appealing to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to investigate the potential of removing marine monument designations made by Trump’s predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush."