US Congress honors Captain Cousteau.

9 January 2010

The US House of Representatives agreed 354-0 to Resolution 518 “honoring the life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, explorer, researcher, and pioneer in the field of marine conservation,” on June 8, 2010. The Resolution was introduced by Representative Ilena Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, with 13 cosponsors, in time for the 100th anniversary of Captain Cousteau’s birth.

Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society, stated: “This resolution touches us deeply, particularly since it was introduced by the Representative from Florida, a state that is being directly exposed to the consequences of the terrible oil spill that resulted from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling. My thoughts are certainly with all those who are suffering through this situation right now and with the American people who so loved Jacques Cousteau. Your Representatives are showing us today that this affection for Captain Cousteau is intact.”

In the spirit of this Resolution, the Cousteau Society supports all those elected officials in America and elsewhere who help make possible the emergence of clean and safe energies.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau wrote back in 1973, “Following multiple disastrous spills of the late 1960s, the oil industry has tried to prevent some of the possible consequences of ocean drilling. But they are ineffective! An industry that spends hundreds and hundreds of millions ... to intensify its exploitation of the sea should further efforts to protect life.