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Obama and Leno: Deepening our ports is not the answer

Wednesday night President Obama told Jay Leno that in answer to the widening of the Panama canal we need to deepen our own ports, in order to keep up with the rest of the world. Not only is this incorrect and backwards looking, it is dangerous and the opposite of what protects our nation’s national security and economy. Bigger does not mean better or more efficient. And deepening means carving into the sea floor and literally undermining already unstable ecosystems. Anyone who has seen the upheaval of beach ‘nourishment’ can recognize that if we dig out our key ports, the resulting damage to our beaches alone represents an unacceptable option.
Deepening our ports is not a no-brainer step towards progress as Obama presented. Spread the word and stay tuned.

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