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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Obama plans to Create World's Largest Ocean Preserve

President Obama announced today that he will use his executive authority to set aside up to 780,000 square miles of ocean as a preserve.  No fishing or drilling will be permitted in these waters.  Obama is basing this action on maritime law, which states that a country has economic control of all waters extending 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The President's action will expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which President George W. Bush designated to protect unique species and rare geological formations.  These waters are considered U.S. territory since they surround a lot of mostly uninhabited American-controlled islands between Hawaii and American Samoa.

President Obama stated:

“If we ignore these problems, if we drain our oceans of their resources, we won't just be squandering one of humanity's greatest treasures.  We'll be cutting off one of the world's major sources of food and economic growth, including for the United States. We cannot afford to let that happen.”

Obama also plans to create a government program to crack down on black market fishing and seafood fraud, i.e. when seafood products are falsely labeled in order to hide their origin.  About twenty percent of the fish caught each year are part of the black market, which costs the legitimate fishing industry $23 billion.  A spokesperson from the conservation group Oceana said:

“President Obama's announcement is a historic step forward in the fight against seafood fraud and illegal fishing worldwide.  This initiative is a practical solution to an ugly problem and will forever change the way we think about our seafood.”

Undoubtedly, conservatives will flip into Outrage Mode over our power-crazed president exceeding his authority by making a detour around that giant blob of shit in the middle of the road (formerly known as Congress).

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Anonymous Jess said...

Freeperland is full of poutrage about this. How dare he go around congress blah blah, forgetting that commander cuckoo bananas did the exact same thing because he could do it without in out from congress. Anything POTUS does they are against it, no matter what is is or how good.bad it may be they just want to be contrarians. Not to worry I welcome the tears of impotent rage.

June 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Poutrage, LOL. That definitely sums up the rightwing demagogues and their useful idiots.

June 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because it's near Indonesia where he was really born and he's just trying to protect his home country


June 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: You mean, he was born in Indonesia AND Kenya? Oh my God, it's worse than I thought :)

June 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM  

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