Cousteau Praises Bush

When environmentalists are able to work with a conservative president, miracles can happen.

Case in point: President George W. Bush endorsed the largest-ever marine conservation effort when he announced on January 6 the formal protection of nearly 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean in three national marine monuments.

This designation under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which past presidents have used to preserve historic sites on land, calls for the immediate phaseout of oil and gas extraction, commercial fishing, and waste dumping in the specified areas. Jean-Michel Cousteau, founder of the Santa Barbara-based Ocean Futures Society, was invited by Bush to the declaration, but Cousteau, son of sea explorer Jacques Cousteau, was no passive bystander.

His relationship with Bush had begun years earlier and helped spark the administration