by Jane Lubchenco, Guest opinion
Friday November 14, 2008
In the twilight of President George W. Bush's final term, opportunities to strengthen his mark on history diminish by the hour. As attention shifts to executive actions that will not be undone by the next president, Bush has a golden opportunity to strengthen his environmental record and create lasting benefits for oceans and for generations of people from all nations. A decision to protect two remote regions under U.S. jurisdiction in the Pacific Ocean could leave a unique legacy of distinction.
The president is expected to decide next week whether to create the world's largest fully protected marine reserve. He's considering places in the western and central Pacific that together would total more than 750,000 square miles, an area more than twice the size of all the land conserved by another Republican president, Theodore Roosevelt.