There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea – and in Barack Obama’s transitional agenda. Search Barack Obama’s official government site as President Elect, and you won’t find a word about oceans policy.
We found 0 results for “ocean”, says the site’s search engine. Actually, most of the Obama transition agenda has been taken off the web site in the last day or two – for revision or perhaps just to provide political cover.
Oceans policy is no small thing. Most of the world is ocean, and yet marine ecology is falling apart. It’s not just the guitarfish that is in trouble. Once superabundant species like the bluefin tuna are now in danger of disappearing completely.
The Obama presidential campaign made a few small mentions of the importance of the dealing with the growing problems in the oceans, but not much. That small attention needs to expand dramatically, because the disintegration of the Earth’s oceans is accelerating dramatically.
It’s only a matter of time before those of us on land feel the effects of the impoverishment of our oceans. There’s a lot for the Obama Administration to deal with, true, but it’s a responsibility that Barack Obama asked for. 5 or 10 years from now, it may be too late to do anything. It will be President Obama who will be judged as the President who took action, or neglected while a global crisis grew.