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house Bill H.R. 988

Should the Feds Fund a Two-Year Study on Ocean Acidification?

Argument in favor

Ocean acidification is a major threat to estuaries in both the U.S. and worldwide. Understanding this phenomenon is urgent, as its impacts are already being seen in numerous places. The federal government should fund a long-term study to understand this threat to America’s waterways, fisheries, and coastal communities.

Leslie's Opinion
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06/05/2019
As long as the studies are done by actual scientists
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Isaac's Opinion
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06/05/2019
Only government has the resources to put towards a mega project like addressing climate change
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IllWill's Opinion
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06/05/2019
We should certainly study it. However, if our politicians find out that the culprit is the polluting corporations that fund their campaigns, they’ll probably end up pushing the findings under the rug.
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Argument opposed

The federal government already funds ocean acidification research through the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act (FORAM). Additionally, there are numerous research efforts on ocean acidification underway by industry, universities and other organizations. Given this, there’s no need for the federal government to spend money on its own new study.

AmericaIsARepublic's Opinion
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06/05/2019
There is no constitutional authority for the federal government bureaucrats to be involved in this in any way at all. The federal government can only legally do the few things that the constitution explicitly authorizes. End. Of. Story.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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06/05/2019
I would prefer H.R. 1237: COAST Research Act of 2019 - to amend the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 to establish an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board, to expand and improve the research on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Acidification, to establish and maintain a data archive system for Ocean Acidification data and Coastal Acidification data, and for other purposes- to NEAR 2019 HR 1237 bill is more goal directed and builds on the previous success from the Obama years, whereas the NEAR 2019 legislation does not. Besides, I have no trust in the Republican party to respect truth, facts, or even science anymore. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1237
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Colleen's Opinion
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06/05/2019
I love how you democrats think that Trump comes up with these polls. People, it’s the lobbyists asking for money. Since, according to why vote nay, the government has a program stet up that studies this, why should we pay for a second one. It’s time to stop justifying spending money on something that the taxpayers are already paying for
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    As long as the studies are done by actual scientists
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    No just no. Cut spending.
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    Only government has the resources to put towards a mega project like addressing climate change
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    Fund the research.
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    We should certainly study it. However, if our politicians find out that the culprit is the polluting corporations that fund their campaigns, they’ll probably end up pushing the findings under the rug.
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    Although it may seem unimportant, its crucial to understand the environment around us to make informed decisions when critical moments arise
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    Learning more about and thus saving the oceans is critical to human survival.
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    Things are changing. The more we know about the changes, the better we can know how to fix things.
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    There is no constitutional authority for the federal government bureaucrats to be involved in this in any way at all. The federal government can only legally do the few things that the constitution explicitly authorizes. End. Of. Story.
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    We need to be on the frontlines of know changes occurring due to climate change if we want to preserve the earth as we know it.
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    Yes, only after Robert Mueller pays back the $25 million he wasted on the fake Trump investigation!
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    I would prefer H.R. 1237: COAST Research Act of 2019 - to amend the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 to establish an Ocean Acidification Advisory Board, to expand and improve the research on Ocean Acidification and Coastal Acidification, to establish and maintain a data archive system for Ocean Acidification data and Coastal Acidification data, and for other purposes- to NEAR 2019 HR 1237 bill is more goal directed and builds on the previous success from the Obama years, whereas the NEAR 2019 legislation does not. Besides, I have no trust in the Republican party to respect truth, facts, or even science anymore. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr1237
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    I just got back from Mahahual, Mexico, several hours south of Cancun on the Caribbean Ocean. They are experiencing 60 tons/day of black seaweed (“sargasso”) coming onshore, turning all those pristine white beaches into stinky rotting compost piles. It’s having a major impact on local businesses. Most of the Caribbean is dealing with the same problem. This is an early result of the ocean being out of balance—acidification combined with fertilizer pollution from agricultural. This is just one side small effect of climate change. Let’s study this issue, yes!
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    Our environment is changing rapidly and it is not good. Our oceans are some of the most important environments out there which must be researched and investigated on in order to protect them along with their wildlife. Carbon emissions are on the rise which caused not only global warming, but adds carbon into the ocean. I support this bill as we need to protect these bodies of water and stop them from being harmed!
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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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    Stop pretending this isn’t a thing that we should’ve already done because we acknowledge science, and our increasingly tenuous position.
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    This deals with estuaries only if you read the actual bill and does not study Ocean acidification as a whole, only in the limited scope of how it affects estuaries. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, it’s just this bill is very limited in scope and there is little money attached to it. I feel it might be more useful to combine this bill with the other bill out of Oregon regarding Ocean Acidification as what affects the Oceans will affect the estuaries but I understand that the Florida Senator must be under tremendous pressure to do something for his constituents and I’ll take something to deal with Climate Crisis and save a few manatees as opposed to nothing. Now David, I’ve never claimed to be a whizz at the new math but when an investigation costs 25 million and it brings in 48 million in taxes and asset forfeiture that’s a -23 million owed.
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    Environmental organizations should fund this.
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    I love how you democrats think that Trump comes up with these polls. People, it’s the lobbyists asking for money. Since, according to why vote nay, the government has a program stet up that studies this, why should we pay for a second one. It’s time to stop justifying spending money on something that the taxpayers are already paying for
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    I know it’s inconvenient but the actions of humans are changing our environment. Let’s be adults and deal with it.
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