Ocean Champions: Ocean Champions Endorses Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
September 13, 2012
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Washington, D.C. – September 11, 2012 – Ocean Champions, which works to build political power for the oceans by helping to elect pro-ocean candidates to the U.S. Congress, proudly endorses Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). “Throughout his Congressional career, Senator Cardin has been a leader on ocean, coastal and bay health issues,” said David Wilmot, Ph.D., Ocean Champions’ President and Co-Founder. “He consistently fights to ensure that our nation’s bedrock conservation laws are protected, and emerging threats to clean air and water are addressed.”
As the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, Senator Cardin works to protect essential habitat such as wetlands and estuaries. He has authored laws to address polluted stormwater runoff, passed bills to preserve critical estuaries, and cosponsored a bill to address Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxic dead zones. Chesapeake Bay health is a focal point of the Senator’s environmental leadership, where he has introduced a bill to accelerate Bay restoration by engaging states, counties, municipalities, businesses, sportsmen and environmental groups.
Senator Cardin is also working hard to address climate change by pushing for a clean energy future and preparing for the changing weather conditions that are already impacting our infrastructure. The Senator believes that investing in renewable energy technology will help reduce the impact of global warming while also reviving our economy. He has cosponsored several measures to catalyze clean energy development while opposing expansion of offshore oil drilling. In response to the disruptions caused by recent extreme weather, Senator Cardin has introduced the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, which will enable communities to strengthen their water systems against these new
“Marylanders understand the essential role that water and our oceans have in a healthy economy and healthy environment. I thank Ocean Champions for their great work. I’m proud to be a part of a nationwide effort to prioritize good science-based stewardship of American waters so that they can sustain native fish, wildlife and our coastal economies for generations,” said Senator Cardin. Senator Ben Cardin is one of the most respected members of the U.S. Congress, and a true champion for Maryland, our oceans and coasts.Ocean Champions is the only nonprofit political organization that endorses pro-ocean Congressional candidates and lobbies members of Congress on behalf of the oceans. To learn more about Ocean Champions or any of the candidates endorsed by Ocean Champions, visit www.oceanchampions.org.