Ocean Changes Inspire Bold Climate Push From Oregon’s Bonamici
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) has already observed damaging environmental changes at home—like the change in seawater chemistry that is harming her state’s shellfish industry.
“I represent the amazingly beautiful Oregon north coast,” Bonamici told Bloomberg Environment. “We realized that ocean acidification was affecting that industry, and then really started looking at ocean acidification and realizing we really need to do something about it.”
Bonamici was the main sponsor of the COAST (Coastal and Ocean Acidification Stressors and Threats) Research Act (H.R. 1237), a measure that funds research on the issue. It gained wide bipartisan support, and the House passed it June 5.