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Podcast On The US Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP)
8 June, 2023
On World Oceans Day, The Capitol Beach explores the Biden Administration’s recently released Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP). Host Derek Brockbank is joined by Scott Doney with the Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Libby Jewett with NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program, who were instrumental in drafting the plan and will be key agency leaders in the plan’s implementation. Building off existing Administration policies together with new proposals, the OCAP sets forth a comprehensive set of actions for how the ocean and coasts can mitigate and adapt to climate change. The OCAP includes proposals for creating a carbon-neutral future, such as offshore wind and marine carbon dioxide removal, accelerate nature-based solutions, such as advancing blue carbon, as well as enhancing community resilience to ocean change and addressing ocean acidification. The OCAP will direct federal agency actions and funding (including new climate and resilience funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act) but takes a “whole of the nation” approach to ocean climate response, attempting to inspire state and private sector actions.