Panetta: Trump’s Arctic drilling executive order hurts national security

With our nation entangled in conflicts across the globe and facing down threats — both foreign and domestic — it is essential that we identify and seize opportunities to make smart decisions to protect our national security. President Trump’s recent executive order reopening sensitive Arctic waters to oil and gas drilling will not only have an impact … Continued

Marine monuments protect ocean, honor war sacrifices

This piece originally appeared in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on May 21, 2017.   Waves crash on the shores of Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in World War II’s Pacific theater. But the remote atoll where thousands died is now a delicate sanctuary for millions … Continued

News Articles: 2009 – 2016

01-29-2016. Protecting our oceans must be priority for president, Congress. The Seattle Times. William D. Ruckelshaus, Jane Lubchenco, and Leon Panetta. 10-05-2015. Obama just announced the first new marine sanctuaries in 15 years. The Washington Post.  Chelsea Harvey. 06-17-2015. Joint Initiative Hosts East Coast Leadership Roundtable in New York. PR Newswire. 04-30-2015. Oceans-Policy Group Visits to Hear UAF, … Continued

Gov. Whitman: Health of N.J.’s coast must be a bipartisan effort

This opinion piece originally appeared in the Star-Ledger here.   My home state of New Jersey has 127 miles of beaches that support vibrant coastal communities and an important regional economy. Visitors from across the country and around the world come to our state to enjoy the ocean and its natural beauty. As someone who developed … Continued