US lawmakers honor French explorer Cousteau

8th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

US lawmakers offered homage Tuesday to French explorer and marine ecologist Jacques Cousteau with a resolution recognizing what would be his 100th birthday this week.

A resolution set for a vote in the House of Representatives hails Cousteau, who died in 1997, as a "pioneer in the field of marine conservation."

The measure was introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, one of the states where Cousteau carried out expeditions that were the subject of popular television programs and documentaries.

The French explorer, who produced hundreds of TV shows, books and films, would have been 100 on June 11.

Cousteau was well known in the United States for his TV programs and his ship called Calypso used for diving and filming the underwater marine habitat.

Cousteau's grandson, Philippe Cousteau Jr., who heads a US-based ecology group called EarthEcho International, said recently his grandfather would have been "horrified" by the devastation being wrought by a huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The younger Cousteau has been diving down into the seas in the Gulf to witness the pollution from the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon disaster.

© 2010 AFP

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