The news this weekend is that we have the year's first endorsement of US accession to the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea from inside the Executive Office of the President. CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley
, joined by NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco
and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen
published an article in the Seattle times on the topic of stewardship of the Oceans in which they had this to say:
We strongly support ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. The oceans have been called, "the last global commons," and their sustained global health can best be maintained by a stable, universally accepted convention that promotes the key interests of the United States, its allies and its trading partners. Ratification would ensure our ability to participate in interpreting and applying the convention to the changing realities of the global maritime environment and preserves our ability to protect our domestic interests, including our extended continental shelf claims.
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