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house Bill H.R. 1237

Should the Feds Resume Funding for Interagency Collaboration to Address Ocean Acidification?

Argument in favor

Ocean acidification poses a major threat to communities, industries and the environment. Resuming federal funding for interagency collaboration to address this challenge is critical, as ocean acidification’s impact on fisheries and the environment is already being felt.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Danny, the money hasn’t been allocated, we’re talking millions not trillions and you won’t need your Social Security if we don’t get to work on the Climate Crisis. You’ll note this is as of much concern to industry as it is to environmentalists. Nothing, is more important than taking care of this planet. FracturedGhast7 I believe you misunderstand the other bill. It runs 2019-2029 and deals with estuarine environments exclusively, so no surprise it’s sponsored by a Floridian up for re-election. They are extremely concerned with how to deal with red tide and brackish water problems. It has nothing to do with the ocean as a whole. Drew the US once had a successful rare earth mineral mining program in the north. Right off the top of my head I can’t recall the state. We sold the company to a Chinese corporation. All other attempts at rare earth mining in the US have gone belly up with Mollycon filing for backruptcy in 2015. Really all China would need to do is stop all trade to the US in rare earth metals to end all trade wars. We’d be dead in the water.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Like seafood or at least the money it brings in? Do the work to protect it.
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John's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Ocean acidification leads to bleaching and death of coral reefs. Without coral reefs we lose entire ocean ecosystems that populate the seas with fish, crustaceans, and other multitudes of marine life. We rely on science to fix problems, many of which seem to be manmade these days. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Science can hopefully tell us what NOT to do, as well as interventions to put in place.
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Argument opposed

There are already numerous research efforts on ocean acidification underway by industry, universities and other organizations. Rather than wasting the federal government’s money on yet more interagency working groups, it’d be better to directly fund those existing efforts.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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06/05/2019
A Waste Of Money 💰 ...... Many Duplicating Programs On Going. There are already numerous research efforts on ocean acidification underway by industry, universities and other organizations. Rather than wasting the federal government’s money on yet more interagency working groups, it’d be better to directly fund those existing efforts. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 Nope 👎🏻👎🏻. 6.5.19.....
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JTJ's Opinion
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06/06/2019
No, the US can do nothing about the jerks on the other side of the world who are polluting the ocean. Cut spending.
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FracturedGhast7's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Although it’s very important to study these things, there is already another bill similar to this called the National Estuaries and Acidification Research (NEAR) Act of 2019, which will allow for research to continue on ocean acidification for two years. This bill would be a waste if the other one passes, but this is really the only reason I am voting nay for this bill, as it isn’t needed.
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    Danny, the money hasn’t been allocated, we’re talking millions not trillions and you won’t need your Social Security if we don’t get to work on the Climate Crisis. You’ll note this is as of much concern to industry as it is to environmentalists. Nothing, is more important than taking care of this planet. FracturedGhast7 I believe you misunderstand the other bill. It runs 2019-2029 and deals with estuarine environments exclusively, so no surprise it’s sponsored by a Floridian up for re-election. They are extremely concerned with how to deal with red tide and brackish water problems. It has nothing to do with the ocean as a whole. Drew the US once had a successful rare earth mineral mining program in the north. Right off the top of my head I can’t recall the state. We sold the company to a Chinese corporation. All other attempts at rare earth mining in the US have gone belly up with Mollycon filing for backruptcy in 2015. Really all China would need to do is stop all trade to the US in rare earth metals to end all trade wars. We’d be dead in the water.
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    A Waste Of Money 💰 ...... Many Duplicating Programs On Going. There are already numerous research efforts on ocean acidification underway by industry, universities and other organizations. Rather than wasting the federal government’s money on yet more interagency working groups, it’d be better to directly fund those existing efforts. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻 Nope 👎🏻👎🏻. 6.5.19.....
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    Like seafood or at least the money it brings in? Do the work to protect it.
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    Ocean acidification leads to bleaching and death of coral reefs. Without coral reefs we lose entire ocean ecosystems that populate the seas with fish, crustaceans, and other multitudes of marine life. We rely on science to fix problems, many of which seem to be manmade these days. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Science can hopefully tell us what NOT to do, as well as interventions to put in place.
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    The Coastal and Ocean Acidification Stressors and Threats (COAST) Research Act, the funding was let lapse by the Republican Party to appeasements of corporate America. Just like the republicans administration proposal to rollback America’s Clean Car Standards, which help cause acidification. Get rid of the tax cut the republicans president have put in place, pass and present, and put back the write off for truckers and the middle class!
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    Climate change and the underlying science is real. Oceans are the life blood of our finite fragile planet and the major factor driving climate change which effects global watershed resources, food supplies as well as all human, animal and plant life. Sure there are other studies. Gathering these and new studies in a Congressionally sponsored program will help to focus resources on those areas where we take actions to protect food supplies and the planet’s biosphere; Hopefully to begin recovery from the damage already done.
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    And clean up the plastics they find.
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    Yes I fully support and what most people do not realize is that plankton produce up to 70 percent of the oxygen we breath and if the reef and plankton are unable to produce the calcium shell and body structure due to high acidity levels in ocean water
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    It’s good business
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    We humans has done so much damage to the planet, if we don’t do something, we leave destruction and despair to the children.
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    We have to protect our oceans
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    If the ocean dies then so does everything else.
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    No, the US can do nothing about the jerks on the other side of the world who are polluting the ocean. Cut spending.
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    You are finally going to address this issue? It's about freaking time. Stop, stopping ANY & ALL Programs that are Environmentally Friendly!
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    We ignore changes in Earth at our children’s peril
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    Absolutely, why was it stopped to begin with? If something happened to our oceans we wouldn't be able to survive!
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    Yes absolutely!!!!!
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    Ocean acidification is the direct result of Carbon gas build up in our atmosphere. Acidification is an enormous threat to the entire oceanic food chain. It kills phytoplankton (the source of 50% of our Oxygen) and the primary food of krill, which are also being killed as their shells are dissolved by acidity. Soon clams, oysters, crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans could become extremely rare as acidity dissolved their shells as well. There are already huge areas of our oceans which a growing dead zones, void of life. Ocean acidification is not a matter of opinion, it is a matter of the direst consequences. It is an ontological threat to all oceanic life forms and to our own continued survival as well.
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    Although it’s very important to study these things, there is already another bill similar to this called the National Estuaries and Acidification Research (NEAR) Act of 2019, which will allow for research to continue on ocean acidification for two years. This bill would be a waste if the other one passes, but this is really the only reason I am voting nay for this bill, as it isn’t needed.
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    WE NEED TO FIND OUT HOW OUR COAST IS BEING ERODED BY RISING SEA WATERS FROM THE MELTING OF THE ICE CAPS, AND ALSO FIND OUT HOW TO CURB THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF FISH FARMS AND THEIR POLLUTION OF OUR OCEANS THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY A DEMOCRAT, SO I TRUST IT!
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