Attempt to sort out ocean policy draws fire
Partisan battles are engulfing the nation’s ocean policy, showing that polarization over environmental issues doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. For years, ocean policy was the preserve of specialists. But President Obama created the first national ocean policy, with a tiny White House staff, and that set off some fierce election-year fights. Conservative Republicans warn that the administration is determined to expand its regulatory reach and curb the extraction of valuable energy resources.