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Healthy Oceans and Healthy Economies: The State of Our Oceans in the 21st Century

February 7, 2019

The worlds use of fossil fuels benefits people and does not pose a threat to the health of our oceans.

Attempts to  “decarbonize” the American economy will do nothing to protect Ocean health but will raise the cost of energy, thus resulting in devastating economic impacts, harming real people, especially the poorest in society. These policies "are predicated on faulty models that are prone to user-selected manipulation.  On the other hand, policies that are aimed at taking advantage of fossil-based fuels have tremendous potential to grow the economy.  And moreover, either policy – regulatory or de-regulatory – will have negligible impact on the climate."
Kevin D. Dayaratna is Senior Statistician and Research Programmer in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis (CDA) and a Policy Advisor with the Heartland Institute.