Does Ocean Monument Signal a Sea-change on Environment?

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The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows presidents to designate national monuments. Carter, Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt used it more than 15 times. Nixon and Bush, Sr. never used it. Until yesterday, George W. Bush had used it just once, to protect an 18th century cemetery for emancipated slaves and blacks. Now, he's created the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, an area almost as large as California and bigger than all the national parks combined. Today, the United Nation's Environment Program says 60% of the world's oceans are at risk, while some fishing interests are saying the President acted too hastily after viewing a PBS documentary. Is there a change of heart for an administration condemned by environmentalists as one of the worst ever? What about parks, monuments and private interests in the continental US?
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Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge Expansion Act of 2005

1906 Antiquities Act

Jean-Michel Cousteau's Voyage to Kure

Pew Charitable Trusts on Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Endangered Species Act of 1973

US Commission on Ocean Policy

Pew Oceans Commission's Report

UN Environment Program report on the oceans

Southern Baptist Convention elects Frank Page as President



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