The California Democratic Party leadership has set the tone for our position on offshore drilling: They’re response :
… to the outrageous news that the Trump administration plans to open up virtually all United States waters to offshore oil drilling:
“California’s big blue wall of resistance doesn’t stop at the Pacific Ocean. We will ferociously protect our waters and coastline from exploitation and destruction by this short-sighted, spiteful regime intent on declaring war on California with an order that primarily targets our state and Florida. We know, better than most, the consequences of oil spills. We know, better than most, the wildfires and droughts and other climate change consequences of burning of fossil fuels unchecked. California Democrats are resolute in opposing any oil drilling, period. We will explore all options available to protect our coast – starting by voting out every California Republican who fails to oppose this asinine scheme.”
What can we do?
1. First of all, let Congressman Knight know we are watching. If enough of us call, he’ll know where we stand. Call and say something like:
Please oppose offshore drilling and make sure the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill doesn’t happen again.
2. Second, read this short, great L.A. Times article, and get up to speed. After reading this article I’m convinced this is a political stunt, but if not checked this policy can cause long term harm. Let’s stop this in its tracks with knowledge. http://www.latimes.com/local/
3. Third, many of you are environmental wonks. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is legally required to take comments and count them. Show them that a lot of Californians are against this federal over reach. https://www.boem.gov/National-