June 9, 2010 was not a good day for the world's oceans.
Word came from government scientists that BP had vastly understated the amount of toxic fossil fuels gushing out of the wreck site of the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Sea ice covering the Arctic Sea was at four standard deviations below the mean for the previous generation.
Then, to top it all off, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to stop the passage of a resolution, H. Res. 989, urging the support of research and international cooperation in order to deal with ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is a scientifically verified present and growing problem that is already causing serious biological stress for corals, shellfish, and other animals that depend upon the extraction of minerals from ocean water.
19 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote in favor of the resolution. 20 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote against the resolution. Their names are listed below:Republicans who voted for the resolution:
Mary Bono Mack
Democrats who voted against the resolution:
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin