Mike Arcuri Praises Cousteau, Then Trashes His Legacy
“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: We are all in the same boat.” – Jacques Cousteau, 1981
Today, our Congressman, right wing Blue Dog Mike Arcuri, voted along with every other member of the U.S. House of Representatives to commemorate the 100th birthday of Jacques Cousteau, which will take place three days from now. However, Representative Arcuri has consistently voted against Cousteau’s fundamental values of environmental stewardship over the Earth and its oceans.
Last year, Arcuri voted against legislation to confront climate change. We’ve just lived through the warmest 12-month period ever recorded, but Arcuri decided the time was not right to act. This spring, we’ve seen two weeks of record-low Arctic sea ice, but Arcuri seems more interested in protecting the income of fossil fuel giants than confronting our planet’s dangerous shift in temperature.
Michael Arcuri is now refusing to take strong action to confront the dangers exposed by the enormous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Simple legislation exists to reduce the risk to American coastlines: H.R. 5248, the No New Drilling Act, would take the sensible precaution of restoring the moratorium on expanded offshore drilling that protected this nation’s waters for an entire generation without negative effect. Arcuri won’t sign his name to the bill. He’s content to let it die.
The Cousteau Society promotes the idea of a Bill of Rights for Future Generations. That document asserts that every generation has duty to pass legislation “to prevent irreversible and irreparable harm to life on Earth”.
That duty seems alien to our representative in Washington. Through both active opposition and passive enabling of Big Oil’s agenda of pollution for profit, Congressman Arcuri has ensured that Jacques Cousteau’s vision of a clean planet protected for future generations has not come to pass. Voting in favor of a toothless resolution marking Cousteau’s birthday doesn’t begin to compensate for Arcuri’s record of environmental neglect.