Protecting Our Oceans and Sea Animals
Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Aquarium to discuss why it’s so important to protect our oceans. The Aquarium uses water from the Puget Sound and helps rehabilitate animals affected by oil spills, which are a significant threat to sea otter populations.
Climate change is a serious threat to our way of life, our economy and our children – not to mention these wonderful animals. We should not risk the habitats and the environment along the West Coast by drilling offshore. Drilling along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts – the home of so many creatures – makes little economic or environmental sense.
That’s why I helped introduce the West Coast Ocean Protection Act (H.R. 3927), which would explicitly prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing leases for the exploration, development or production of oil or natural gas on the outer continental shelf along the West Coast.
As we near Earth Day, I invite you to share your photos with me from around #WA01 to remind us of the beautiful nature we’re fighting to protect for future generations. Feel free to tag me in your photos (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) or email them to me, and I’ll share them on social media leading up to April 22.
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