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President Bush Makes “Blue” Move as Term Comes to End

January 6, 2009

Phoenix, AZ - President Clinton did it for Arizona. Now, President Bush goes even further. Clinton declared large chunks of pristine Arizona deserts as national monuments. Bush has ventured further west to create a trio of offshore marine monuments in the Pacific, covering portions of three remote island chains.

The new marine monuments cover 195,000 square miles, an area larger than the states of Washington and Oregon combined. Just as President Clinton protected parts of Arizona's desert from development, Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, says President Bush has made sure the island areas will remain healthy and intact long after he has left office. According to Reichert, the time to protect these areas is now - before they are threatened.

"If you go back 100 or 150 years, a lot of the places that one would never have thought would be subject to industrial activity are now being mined. They're being drilled for oil and gas."

The marine monuments will be protected from commercial fishing and mining, while shipping and military activities will continue. That commercial fishing ban has foes, who are convinced it will hurt the area's economy. In Reichert's view, however, today's action "opens a new era of national and local ocean conservation."

"This administration has protected about 355,000 square miles of ocean, which makes George Bush the person in history who has protected more of the unique parts of the world's marine environment than anybody else."

The largest of the marine monuments includes the Northern Mariana Islands.

"It's the sole place on Earth that has the huge mud volcanoes underneath the water's surface. One of them is more than 31 miles wide. And some of these places are thought to harbor some of the oldest known life on the planet."

That life includes a bird that incubates its eggs in the heat of the area's underwater volcanoes.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ