Bob Menendez

Save Our Seas 2.0 tackles global marine debris crisis
To save our oceans, there’s no time to waste

OPINION — We may have plenty of political differences, but we come from coastal states. That means we have a front-row seat to the peril of plastic waste and marine debris flowing into our oceans at the rate of around 8 million metric tons per year. We understand what it will mean for our fishing and tourism industries when the weight of plastic in our oceans equals the weight of fish in the sea — something projected to happen by mid-century. We don’t have a moment to lose in confronting this problem.

That’s why we built a coalition in Congress and gathered input from environmental and industry stakeholders alike. Despite a divided Washington, that work resulted in a bill that won broad, bipartisan support. When the Save Our Seas Act became law last October, it was a moment of bipartisan progress on a vital issue — one to be celebrated.

Menendez: Lift the Liability Cap on Oil Firms

For three months, we all watched in disgust as oil gushed freely into the Gulf of Mexico — and many families became motivated to change our energy ways.

Three months from now, will that feeling of disgust be a distant memory? Will the push for oil company accountability be placed on the back burner? Will the motivation to change the way we produce energy have subsided?