NPR news reports on the Bush Administration's efforts to create large Marine Reserves within the US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This is interesting because Bush is generally not perceived as an environmentalist but he has made previous efforts to protect Ocean resources. As mentioned in WSJ's Environmental Capital, Bush already created the world's largest marine reserve off Hawaii.
This will most definitely have some opposition from oil companies and fishermen. It will be interesting to see how the public responds. Ocean and coastal issues have be under-funded and under-represented by the government for years, but in times of rising gas prices and a lagging economy, will this move be well-received?
Hat tip Environmental Capital