Please, please, please, before this becomes a political thread, let's drop it here before it's too late! I can see where this is going and am curbing my instinct to add my 2 cents. Just my humble wishes before we discover things we don't want to know about each other! Hurray there is a great new marine sanctuary!!!
And in this MSN news report, there is a video in which you can see Sylvia Earle standing beside President Bush and receiving an embrace from him just after he signed the document making the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands a National Monument. How neat!
I'm particularly pleased he used the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiquities_Act">1906 National Antiquities Act</a> which I didn't know existed until yesterday. No haggling in congress by big business. It's done.