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Posted on 09/18/2010 11:01:28 AM PDT by goldendays
Executive Order--Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation's transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and resulting environmental crisis is a stark reminder of how vulnerable our marine environments are, and how much communities and the Nation rely on healthy and resilient ocean and coastal ecosystems. America's stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes is intrinsically linked to environmental sustainability, human health and well-being, national prosperity, adaptation to climate and other environmental changes, social justice, international diplomacy, and national and homeland security.
This order adopts the recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, except where otherwise provided in this order, and directs executive agencies to implement those recommendations under the guidance of a National Ocean Council. Based on those recommendations, this order establishes a national policy to ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserve our maritime heritage, support sustainable uses and access, provide for adaptive management to enhance our understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change and ocean acidification, and coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.
This order also provides for the development of coastal and marine spatial plans that build upon and improve existing Federal, State, tribal, local, and regional decisionmaking and planning processes. These regional plans will enable a more integrated, comprehensive, ecosystem-based, flexible, and proactive approach to planning and managing sustainable multiple uses across sectors and improve the conservation of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.
Sec. 2. Policy. (a) To achieve an America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well-being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations, it is the policy of the United States to:
(i) protect, maintain, and restore the health and biological diversity of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources; (ii) improve the resiliency of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems, communities, and economies; (iii) bolster the conservation and sustainable uses of land in ways that will improve the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems; (iv) use the best available science and knowledge to inform decisions affecting the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes, and enhance humanity's capacity to understand, respond, and adapt to a changing global environment; (v) support sustainable, safe, secure, and productive access to, and uses of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes; (vi) respect and preserve our Nation's maritime heritage, including our social, cultural, recreational, and historical values; (vii) exercise rights and jurisdiction and perform duties in accordance with applicable international law, including respect for and preservation of navigational rights and freedoms, which are essential for the global economy and international peace and security; (viii) increase scientific understanding of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems as part of the global interconnected systems of air, land, ice, and water, including their relationships to humans and their activities; (ix) improve our understanding and awareness of changing environmental conditions, trends, and their causes, and of human activities taking place in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters; and (x) foster a public understanding of the value of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes to build a foundation for improved stewardship. (b) The United States shall promote this policy by:
(i) ensuring a comprehensive and collaborative framework for the stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes that facilitates cohesive actions across the Federal Government, as well as participation of State, tribal, and local authorities, regional governance structures, nongovernmental organizations, the public, and the private sector; (ii) cooperating and exercising leadership at the international level; (iii) pursuing the United States' accession to the Law of the Sea Convention; and (iv) supporting ocean stewardship in a fiscally responsible manner. Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this order:
(a) "Final Recommendations" means the Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force that shall be made publicly available and for which a notice of public availability shall be published in the Federal Register.
(b) The term "coastal and marine spatial planning" means a comprehensive, adaptive, integrated, ecosystem-based, and transparent spatial planning process, based on sound science, for analyzing current and anticipated uses of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas. Coastal and marine spatial planning identifies areas most suitable for various types or classes of activities in order to reduce conflicts among uses, reduce environmental impacts, facilitate compatible uses, and preserve critical ecosystem services to meet economic, environmental, security, and social objectives. In practical terms, coastal and marine spatial planning provides a public policy process for society to better determine how the ocean, our coasts, and Great Lakes are sustainably used and protected -- now and for future generations.
(c) The term "coastal and marine spatial plans" means the plans that are certified by the National Ocean Council as developed in accordance with the definition, goals, principles, and process described in the Final Recommendations.
Sec. 4. Establishment of National Ocean Council. (a) There is hereby established the National Ocean Council (Council).
(b) The Council shall consist of the following:
(i) the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, who shall be the Co-Chairs of the Council; (ii) the Secretaries of State, Defense, the Interior, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Commerce, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere (Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the National Science Foundation, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; (iii) the National Security Advisor and the Assistants to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Domestic Policy, Energy and Climate Change, and Economic Policy; (iv) an employee of the Federal Government designated by the Vice President; and (v) such other officers or employees of the Federal Government as the Co-Chairs of the Council may from time to time designate. (c) The Co-Chairs shall invite the participation of the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to the extent consistent with the Commission's statutory authorities and legal obligations, and may invite the participation of such other independent agencies as the Council deems appropriate.
(d) The Co-Chairs of the Council, in consultation with the National Security Advisor and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, shall regularly convene and preside at meetings of the Council, determine its agenda, direct its work, and, as appropriate to address particular subject matters, establish and direct committees of the Council that shall consist exclusively of members of the Council.
(e) A member of the Council may designate, to perform committee functions of the member, any person who is within such member's department, agency, or office and who is (i) an officer of the United States appointed by the President, (ii) a member of the Senior Executive Service or the Senior Intelligence Service, (iii) a general officer or flag officer, or (iv) an employee of the Vice President.
(f) Consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Council on Environmental Quality shall provide the Council with funding, including through the National Science and Technology Council or the Office of Environmental Quality. The Council on Environmental Quality shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, provide administrative support necessary to implement this order.
(g) The day-to-day operations of the Council shall be administered by a Director and a Deputy Director, who shall supervise a full-time staff to assist the Co-Chairs in their implementation of this order.
Sec. 5. Functions of the Council. (a) The Council shall have the structure and function and operate as defined in the Final Recommendations. The Council is authorized, after the Council's first year of operation, to make modifications to its structure, function, and operations to improve its effectiveness and efficiency in furthering the policy set forth in section 2 of this order.
(b) To implement the policy set forth in section 2 of this order, the Council shall provide appropriate direction to ensure that executive departments', agencies', or offices' decisions and actions affecting the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes will be guided by the stewardship principles and national priority objectives set forth in the Final Recommendations, to the extent consistent with applicable law. The Council shall base its decisions on the consensus of its members. With respect to those matters in which consensus cannot be reached, the National Security Advisor shall coordinate with the Co-Chairs and, as appropriate, the Assistants to the President for Energy and Climate Change, and Economic Policy, and the employee of the United States designated by the Vice President, subject to the limitations set forth in section 9 of this order, to present the disputed issue or issues for decision by the President.
Sec. 6. Agency Responsibilities. (a) All executive departments, agencies, and offices that are members of the Council and any other executive department, agency, or office whose actions affect the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes shall, to the fullest extent consistent with applicable law:
(i) take such action as necessary to implement the policy set forth in section 2 of this order and the stewardship principles and national priority objectives as set forth in the Final Recommendations and subsequent guidance from the Council; and (ii) participate in the process for coastal and marine spatial planning and comply with Council certified coastal and marine spatial plans, as described in the Final Recommendations and subsequent guidance from the Council. (b)Each executive department, agency, and office that is required to take actions under this order shall prepare and make publicly available an annual report including a concise description of actions taken by the agency in the previous calendar year to implement the order, a description of written comments by persons or organizations regarding the agency's compliance with this order, and the agency's response to such comments.
(c) Each executive department, agency, and office that is required to take actions under this order shall coordinate and contribute resources, as appropriate, to assist in establishing a common information management system as defined in the Final Recommendations and shall be held accountable for managing its own information assets by keeping them current, easily accessible, and consistent with Federal standards.
(d) To the extent permitted by law, executive departments, agencies, and offices shall provide the Council such information, support, and assistance as the Council, through the Co-Chairs, may request.
Sec. 7. Governance Coordinating Committee. The Council shall establish a Governance Coordinating Committee that shall consist of 18 officials from State, tribal, and local governments in accordance with the Final Recommendations. The Committee may establish subcommittees chaired by representatives of the Governance Coordinating Committee. These subcommittees may include additional representatives from State, tribal, and local governments, as appropriate to provide for greater collaboration and diversity of views.
Sec. 8. Regional Advisory Committees. The lead Federal department, agency, or office for each regional planning body established for the development of regional coastal and marine spatial plans, in consultation with their nonfederal co-lead agencies and membership of their regional planning body, shall establish such advisory committees under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., as they deem necessary to provide information and to advise the regional planning body on the development of regional coastal and marine spatial plans to promote the policy established in section 2 of this order.
Sec. 9. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order, the establishment of the Council, and the Final Recommendations shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) authority granted by law to an executive department or agency or the head thereof; or (ii) functions assigned by the President to the National Security Council or Homeland Security Council (including subordinate bodies) relating to matters affecting foreign affairs, national security, homeland security, or intelligence. (b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) In carrying out the provisions of this order and implementing the Final Recommendations, all actions of the Council and the executive departments, agencies, and offices that constitute it shall be consistent with applicable international law, including customary international law, such as that reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention.
(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Sec. 10. Revocation. Executive Order 13366 of December 17, 2004, is hereby revoked.
THE WHITE HOUSE, July 19, 2010.
with this executive order, it can control all land and coast
Bambi= the great I am
what a transparently ambitious LOSER
Obozo appoints countless mini-Czars and will be the ultimate dictator if he can get away with it
Guess the Feds REALLY want a civil war.
I am really looking forward to all of the indictments and trials once we Americans take our government back.
That's as far as I needed to read.
Here’s the meat of it:
“...(ii) cooperating and exercising leadership at the international level; (iii) pursuing the United States’ accession to the Law of the Sea Convention;...”
The word “congress” does not occur even once in this EO.
This is another structure put in place to eliminate our elected representatives.
(i) ensuring a comprehensive and collaborative framework for the stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes that facilitates cohesive actions across the Federal Government, as well as participation of State, tribal, and local authorities, regional governance structures, nongovernmental organizations, the public, and the private sector; (ii) cooperating and exercising leadership at the international level; (iii) pursuing the United States' accession to the Law of the Sea Convention; and (iv) supporting ocean stewardship in a fiscally responsible manner.
Does this mean that the Russian will still be able to enter the Great Lakes and dump their non-native species into the water?
I am really looking forward to all of the indictments and trials once we Americans take our government back.
That being said, we need to pressure our newly elected to take up the charge to bring this about. These are enemies of the American people!
Executive Orders only apply to the Executive Branch of the federal government. Presidents cannot legally create new law with EOs.
Well ... for now.
I didn’t dig into the details, but on first sight it seems this EO is ordering Executive agencies to enforce a law that hasn’t been created yet.
I hope someone challenges it.
This is why his presidency MUST be declared illegal. All his dictatorship activity must be nullified out of hand. Not a “Natural Born” is crucial.
includes all land next to oceans, chesapeake bay for example any run offs from the land the government can control that land
“Obozo appoints countless mini-Czars and will be the ultimate dictator if he can get away with it”
Just wait until Nov 1. He will declare the elections are over until the country is no longer racist.
wait til you see what this president does this coming week at the United Nations
Ah, you already HAVE seen #15.
look what he’s done in eighteen months he’s got 22 months left he’s just begun. He has given our banking system over to a global financial stability board which can raise all kinds of different fees on the American people.
He is going to use the clean air act and the evironmental regulations
The Army Corp of Engineers already has control over virtually anything that runs or holds water for any part of the year. It is considered a “wetlands” and must be protected. I submitted an application to the ACOE in June of 2007. After countless phone calls and emails we gave up getting a response. The project has been dead for 2 years now. In July 2010, a gentleman called me from the ACOE and asked the status of the project. I had to wait 2 days to cool down before I called him back.
Do I recall correctly that there is a lawsuit that’s been filed against the EPA for its actions in that regard?
I read this was going to happen a month or so back. It’s Obongo’s back door approach to the UN’s Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST). Never could make it through the proper steps to join onto this nightmare of a treaty, so he’ll just proclaim it.
Further words fail me.
Obama Establishes America’s First National Oceans Policy
WASHINGTON, DC, July 20, 2010 (ENS) - President Barack Obama has established a national ocean policy that will for the first time create a coordinated system for managing America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.
In an Executive Order issued Monday, President Obama adopted the final recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force that has been gathering facts and drafting the policy since June 2009.
The order creates a National Ocean Council to implement the new policy.
Marine management under this policy will be “ecosystem-based,” which means that regulation of specific activities, such as oil and gas development, will take into account impacts on the broader ecosystems that could be affected.
The California coast at Santa Barbara (Photo by Paul Rumsey)
For the first time, it provides for the development of coastal and marine spatial plans that build upon and improve existing federal, state, tribal, local, and regional decisionmaking and planning processes.
Marine spatial planning is intended to protect ocean ecosystems and minimize conflicts between new and existing ocean uses through science-based decision making and the involvement of stakeholders and the public.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said, “The new national policy provides a clear road map for all federal agencies to work together, with local partners, to protect our vital waters for future generations.”
The regional plans “will enable a more integrated, comprehensive, ecosystem-based, flexible, and proactive approach to planning and managing sustainable multiple uses across sectors and improve the conservation of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes,” Obama states in the Executive Order.
“President Obama recognized that our uses of the ocean are expanding at a rate that challenges our ability to manage significant and often competing demands,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, who led the task force that included 24 senior-level policy officials from across the federal government.
“With a growing number of recreational, scientific, energy, and security activities,” said Sutley, “we need a national policy that sets the United States on a new path for the conservation and sustainable use of these critical natural resources.”
“As we witness the gut-wrenching devastation in the Gulf of Mexico, this announcement is welcome news for the future health of our oceans,” said Bill Eichbaum, WWF vice president for marine policy. “We commend President Obama for his leadership in convening the task force and heeding its recommendations.”
In 2003 and 2004, reports issued by the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, respectively, warned that poor management and lack of coordination among federal agencies were threatening the health and economic productivity of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.
“This first-of-its kind framework will help our nation plan wisely for the future of our oceans and coastlines, so that we can continue to experience their beauty and bounty for generations to come,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
“Today, possibly more so than any point in our nation’s history, we appreciate that healthy oceans matter,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“The Task Force’s Final Recommendations provide a balance between protecting and preserving the marine environment, and promoting economic progress,” said said Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The framework protects the interests of all users, improves ocean stewardship, and provides the foundation for improving maritime governance at the international, regional, state, and local levels.”
“The Department of the Navy strongly supports the principles and framework laid out in this new Executive Order,” said Donald Schregardus, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for environment. “Strengthening the vital link between our global maritime mission and our responsibility to safeguard the environment is a key component to our environmental strategy. The establishment of the National Ocean Council will be important in advancing this strategic priority.”
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded the move, saying, “The Deepwater Horizon spill has emphasized what a vital role our oceans play in our environment, economy and overall well-being. California has long demonstrated leadership with ocean and coastal protection and we stand ready to continue assisting President Obama at all levels of government to ensure that we safeguard our treasured natural resources.”
The National Ocean Council will plan to hold its first meeting later this summer to begin implementing the national policy.
Click here for the full text of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes.
I agree and we even have his own statements to use against him, i.e., not born in America
Here’s one we’ll never see on TV!
Welcome to Kenya. Have a nice day.
And yet they do.
The next president will overturn all of Obama’s executive orders.
U.S Senate Passing Bills In Secret
The first thing the next President of the United States must do is to rescind all EO’s issued by Obama. Can be done with the stroke of a pen. Could even do it with a single EO:
“This EO hereby rescinds all EOS issued by Barack Hussein Obama.”
Basically, these EO’s should become a campaign issue.
Women and fat minorities hardest hit.
You would have had a bureaucrat on your doorstep the next day.
the people that he but in government will be there for years
At least to anyone without connections
Americans are not going to do anything about all this. They never do. Elections never derail it; only slow it down. We are too back stabbing of each other to make it stop.
Defund this until it can be eliminated. As a matter of fact, if we can get enough Americans to understand what's happening, we can defund everything Oboma has done until 2012. Instead of wasting it on Obomas Marxists policies, they can pass that savings back to the tax payers and businesses who desperately need it to correct the democrats failing economic policies.
Defund Oboma, and save the American free market.
Executive order pertain only to the internal operatons of the Executive Branch of the government. The President cannot make law. No one is obligated to follow them except those in the Executive Branch.
“I deem myself the ultimate steward of the ocean, our coasts, and the great lakes,” sayeth nobama.
This guy needs to go.
He needs to read the Constitution after he takes a reading comprehension class.
So when he gave Chavez 11 oil rigs off of our coast it was really illegal.
Ideally, the next Prez and Congress will find Furher Obama to have been a non-natural born citizen and will overturn all der Furher and his Fascist Party enacted.
Unless we get a RINO like McCain....
There won’t be any trials or hearings. It will be just as it was when Bush took over from X42. Those that should take care of this sort of things will talk of “taking the higher ground”, how it is in the past, and how it causes the media to hate the GOP.
No, EOs like this, motivate agencies to create new regulations that rarely get stopped or changed by congress.