Protecting Vital Waters as Marine Sanctuaries
Earlier today, NOAA announced that it's expanding two existing marine sanctuaries off of California's north-central coast.
The expansion will more than double the current size of the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, ensuring that we are protecting all that the region has to offer -- from its biologically rich habitats primed for fishing and scientific research, to the seascapes and shipwrecks that attract tourists and explorers.
NOAA's action today reflects President Obama's strong commitment to protecting our oceans and coasts.
See more about NOAA's announcement here.
The Promise of Wind Energy
The Department of Energy also released a new report today that shows big potential for wind energy in America. In case you don't feel like reading through the full report, here are some of the key facts you should know:
Wind power could help America combat climate change by avoiding more than 12 billion tons of carbon pollution cumulatively by 2050, equivalent to avoiding one-third of global annual carbon emissions.
The wind energy industry could support more than 600,000 jobs by 2050, including engineers, construction workers, truck drivers, factory workers, utility operators, maintenance technicians, electricians, and other supporting services.
Wind energy could save approximately 260 billion gallons of water by 2050, by side-stepping the water-intensive processes of conventional energy production. At deployment levels examined in the report, the nation’s electric power sector could consume 23% less water.
Wind power can help America save $108 billion in health care costs and economic damages by 2050.
Wind energy continues to be one of our nation's best choices for low-cost, zero-pollution renewable energy, and it's one of our strongest tools to combat climate change. And backed by stable policies including the production tax credit and the EPA's Clean Power Plan, costs will continue to drop as the industry scales up and innovates. To find out more about how we're securing the promise of wind energy Click on the link on the top right of this page.