The Senate is considering legislation to reauthorize the Economic Development Administration. The House is in recess for the week.
American Prosperity and Global Security: Ocean Solutions for the 21st Century, June 7-9. Capitol Hill Ocean Week is coordinated by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Today, there will be a panel discussion on Ocean Science, Policy and Communications in the 21st Century. On June 8th, there will be a discussion on "Opportunity and Risk in a Changing Arctic: American Prosperity and Security on the Next Frontier." Senator Begich is expected to be a panelist. On June 9th, Senator Murkowski is scheduled to speak in a session titled "Looking Ahead to Secure American Energy Supply Chain."
The Arctic in new National Ocean Policy
"Changing Conditions in the Arctic" is the focus of a strategic action plan that's being developed under the "National Ocean Policy" signed by President Obama in July 2010. A 10-page draft outline of this plan is now available at a White House website for review and comment (and please do comment...). This plan is one of nine national priority objectives, and it's the only one focusing on a specific geographic region. The plan contains long-term themes, and six specific actions, below, to begin in 2012, when the final plan is released. The plan is being drafted by an interagency team co-led by Robert Winokur (Navy) and John Farrell (USARC). Public listening sessions on this effort will begin this week, including two in Alaska (June 9, Barrow, and June 10, Anchorage), and in DC (June 9). Details on the sessions are here.