The resources that are found beneath the surface are numerous. Animals, plants, and minerals can all be found in the deep ocean.
The ocean presents itself to be financially beneficial because of the guaranteed resources. The United States easily has access to the open water which is already used for trade and fishing industries.
While fishing industries are an important source of income from the sea, beneath the surface are more food opportunities, such as plant matter and microorganisms that have not yet been discovered.
Because of this financial waste, exploring the oceans is often overlooked and under funded. Since we have not discovered a majority of the oceans, we have not fully reaped what this planet has for us.
That is why Congress needs to redistribute the current funding for space and rely more on what is not only right in front of us, but also easily attainable if we applied our resources.
The earth can provide us as much as we are willing to explore. It would not only help us financially, but it would help us in our search for life and satiate the hope humanity has of not being alone in the world.