The Intersection

Back To The Hill…

This morning I’m off to Cap City for an Ocean Leadership Public Policy Forum on the Hill. Senator Landrieu is set to deliver the keynote address and speakers include Vice Admiral Lautenbacher (Administrator of NOAA), and Rita Colwell (former Director of the National Science Foundation).

i-7db6fb1d931bd4da6e656ab27e46f9c6-p73851-Washington-Capitol_Building.jpgWhile it’s a little early in season for the cherry blossoms, I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends across agencies and around town. There’s also a certain rumor about oceans and the current administration that I hope to validate so stay tuned…

Regardless of what I learn, I’m glad members are engaging in today’s ocean policy panels and I encourage readers to suggest questions and topics for discussion.


  1. #1 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    February 28, 2008

    Update from the Forum: I asked Senator Landrieu directly about funding priorities citing programs like Sea Grant and support for basic research such as understanding the implications of ocean acidification. I also questioned the disparity between the budgets of NOAA with NASA and DOD and asked what the ocean community can do.

    Details to come.

  2. #2 Southeast Joe
    February 28, 2008

    More specifically, find out how Congress plans to protect us from another Katrina? That’s within NOAA right?

  3. #3 Sheril R. Kirshenbaum
    February 28, 2008

    Southeast Joe,

    Yes. Vice Admiral Lautenbacher is speaking about hurricanes now… Check back soon for what’s discussed.

  4. #4 agnostic
    February 28, 2008

    Do you get to go back there in April? If so, lucky! I haven’t missed the cherry blossom festival for three years, but now here I am in the mountain time zone.

    I’ll have to see what I can do to bribe… er, build amicable relations with Japan.

  5. #5 Philip H.
    February 29, 2008

    Miss Sheril,
    So sad to have missed you in your travels – but glad you can still travel! My most recent work jaunt was to . . . West Virginia! On the Hurricane front, please don’t forget that, while NOAA does both hurricane forecasting and coastal habitat restoration (woefully underfunded), the Army Corps of Engineers has a hand in the issue, as does FEMA/Homeland Security. Sad to say, but NOAA alone can’t protect you. Actually, no one can “protect” you from a hurricane – they have been coming into south Loiusuana for millenia and probably won’t stop now.

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