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Schwarzenegger pulls support for new off-shore drilling

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/07/30/offshore_oil_platforms.jpgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, citing the damage caused to the environment by the massive oil spill in the Gulf Coast, said Monday he is yanking from his state budget plan any proposed new drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The governor had been a proponent of the Tranquillon Ridge project, which he'd said could generate $140 million for the upcoming budget year to help prevent cutbacks in state parks. Despite the governor's support, the project has stalled amid opposition from lawmakers and the state Lands Commission, which has jurisdiction over such oil leases.

Schwarzenegger said Monday he will not include the project in his revised budget plan, to be unveiled  May 14. He said the environmental risk is too great.  

To read more on Schwarzenegger's decision, check out PolitiCal, the Times' blog on state politics.

Also, for continuing coverage of the gulf oil spill, follow the Times' environmental blog, Greenspace, which also has news on the governor's decision.

Photo: Oil platforms off Huntington Beach coast. Mark Boster / L.A. Times

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Did Arnold just do something right?

Seriously Ahhnold, why don't you just become a Democrat?, you act so much like one. Sorry, but some disasters are going to happen no matter how many precautions we take. We still need crude oil and all the well wishing "green" pie in the sky fuzzy feelings in the world will not accomplish that necessary goal. California has natural resources we can use to our advantage; We can take reasonable steps to prevent spills and still harvest our California Gold.


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