Cantwell seeks pledge for more acidification work from NOAA nominee

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Thursday sought a commitment from the Obama administration’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make ocean acidification a significant priority.

But the exchange quickly turned, albeit obliquely, to an issue at the heart of the debate about the U.S. response to ocean acidification: funding.

In response to a Seattle Times’ series examining the current and projected impacts of changing sea chemistry in the Pacific Ocean, Cantwell asked Kathryn Sullivan, acting chief at NOAA, how the agency would respond to acidification’s growing threat to marine resources.

Follow a video of the discussion here beginning at the 2:37 point.

Read more comments from the exchange in this post on the Politics Northwest blog.

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