Center for the Blue Economy: Raising Media Profile
The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) made a splash this fall on several fronts—most notably in the national media.
On November 29, Director of the National Ocean Economics Program Judith Kildow and CBE Director Jason Scorse co-authored a New York Times op-ed piece (“End Federal Flood Insurance”) advocating radical reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and rethinking of coastal development in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Their essay sparked a lively debate running over 475 comments, addressing issues that were discussed widely once again when additional funding for the NFIP became a point of contention in the U.S. House of Representatives in early January.
Just a week later on December 6, Fortune magazine was the platform for a provocative opinion piece authored by Professor Scorse (“Cheap Gas Hurts the Middle Class”). His essay argues that the relatively low gas tax in the U.S. actually hurts the middle class, by reducing federal revenue available to support social safety net programs that are common in Europe, such as universal healthcare, low-cost daycare, and free or low-cost university education. In between, on November 30, Professor Scorse was a guest on CBS news radio WPHT in Philadelphia, discussing coastal management.
November also saw publication of a highly-anticipated report on ocean management in New Zealand authored by Professor Michael McGinnis of the International Environmental Policy program. Professor McGinnis’ report, “Ocean Governance: The New Zealand Dimension Full Report,” was funded by the Emerging Issues Programme overseen by the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Its primary goal was to provide the public and policymakers with an overview and description of the types of principles, planning tools and policy instruments that can be used to strengthen and improve marine governance in New Zealand. The summary report released in May received wide media attention in New Zealand.