「對大多數的美國人而言，氣候變遷的議題需高度優先處理，然而氣候與海洋間的關係是緊緊相扣的，海洋在氣候變遷的過程中所扮演的關鍵角色卻鮮少被提及，」海洋聯合委員會副主席瓦特金（Admiral James Watkins）表示，「我們未能增加海洋與氣候變遷兩者關係的研究資金，以及其後續影響的控制，這意味著我們在試圖對抗氣候變遷將更為吃力。」
The failure of Congress and the President to commit sufficient funding to oceans protection in 2006 earned the federal government a grade of F on the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative's U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card, issued today.
State government initiatives, federal fisheries reform, and the designation of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument earned the highest marks, with regional and state ocean governance reform getting the highest grade for any of the six subjects measured in the report card, an A-. The United States received an average grade of C- for all six subjects, up slightly from the D+ assigned for 2005 by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative.
"Addressing climate change is a high priority for most Americans, and although the climate and oceans are inexorably intertwined, the critical role oceans play in climate change is seldom addressed," Watkins said. "Our failure to increase ocean science investments to learn more about this link and how to manage its impacts means we are trying to fight climate change with one arm tied behind our back."