California coastal legislators condemn Trump offshore oil expansion

Posted by Steve Lee, EditorAround the Nation, Online Only, Top HighlightsMonday, January 8th, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Countering the Trump administration’s proposal to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) will join Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) to introduce an Assembly Joint Resolution condemning that action.

Californias precious coastline is not for sale. We will not sit idly by and let the President put our environment and residents in jeopardy, said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. This is just another terrible idea from the Trump Administration and I hope every member of Californias congressional delegation will join us in this fight.

Californians know the cost of oil. A 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara dumped close to 100,000 barrels of crude oil into the Central California coastlinethe biggest oil spill in California history. My community paid the price with their safety, with their health and with their lost businesses. That catastrophe jump started the modern environmental movement, said Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). Californians are proud of their commitment to clean and renewable energy. This decision by the President and his administration to expand offshore oil drilling is an affront to our values.

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