Washington D.C. – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Conservation Program Director Alex Taurel following the release of the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, introduced by House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and other climate leaders in the House of Representatives.
“A comprehensive plan for ocean-based climate solutions has been a long time coming and we applaud Chairman Grijalva for his determination and leadership to put forward this landmark legislation. Our ocean and our coastal communities are often portrayed as a victim of climate change, and the reality is that it also offers a wealth of powerful solutions to fight the climate crisis.
We’re excited that this bill sets a national goal for offshore wind development, seeks to protect thirty percent of America’s ocean by 2030, and bans harmful new oil and gas drilling off our coasts. We also strongly appreciate that the bill would make solid investments in low-income communities and communities of color. This bill prioritizes climate resiliency projects in frontline communities, including coastal tribal communities, and creates accessibility studies to look at the quantity, quality, and barriers of public beach access for underserved communities. Further, this bill elevates the needs of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, which tend to be overlooked in the national policy discussion of climate mitigation and resiliency. We are excited to see this incredible roadmap for what equitable climate solutions can look like for our ocean and our communities.”