Congressman Darrell Issa introduces HR 553, which will have the sun setting on the “Ronald Reagan Coastal Waters,” once lovingly known as the “Pacific Ocean.”
By Doug Porter The House Natural Resources Committee approved legislation Wednesday naming 3.4 million square nautical miles of ocean and thousands of miles of coastline after the late President Ronald Reagan.
Introduced by San Diego’s own Rep. Darrell Issa, HR 553 would rename the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) after the GOP icon. Most people haven’t heard of the EEZ, which became codified via a United Nations convention granting countries special rights over the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind in its coastal waters up to 200 miles offshore.
Nations began the ratification process of the international convention generating EEZs during the Reagan administration (1982) and the rules went into force in 1994 following approval by a 60th nation. Although the agreement has been ratified by 162 nations, the United States is not among the signatories.
Follow the link for the full article, “Awash in a Sea of Reagan – Issa Wants Coastal Waters Named After Former President.”
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