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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/09/2018 03:05 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/09/2018 03:05 PM
Expires: 01/01/2023 12:00 AM
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Attorney General Becerra Threatens Trump Administration if they Open California’s Coast to Offshore Drilling

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today submitted a 22-page comment letter to the Trump Administration, detailing the plethora of reasons why opening California’s coasts to new offshore drilling would be unjustified, unprecedented, and ill-advised. California is home to approximately 1,100 miles of world-renowned coastline, and Attorney General Becerra underscores that he is prepared to do what is necessary to protect every single one of those 1,100 miles, including going to court.






“California has banned offshore drilling for two simple reasons: we don’t need it and we know what happens when it goes wrong,” said Attorney General Becerra. “That’s why we are proudly leading the way on reducing dependence on fossil fuels – and we’re not turning back. If the Trump Administration ultimately tries to open our coasts to new offshore drilling, we will see them in court.”

In today’s letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Attorney General Becerra lodges formal objections to leasing off California’s coast. Specifically, he stresses that:

California is familiar with the environmental and economic consequences of oil spills. The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, for instance, resulted in an 11-day spill with as much as 4.2 million gallons of crude oil gushing from the well and ocean floor;

California’s thriving coastal economy—which represents over 10 percent of the national economy and generates $1.7 trillion of GDP (a figure greater than all but 11 nations)—should not be put at risk by increased oil drilling in federal waters off our coast;

Any benefit of increased oil production to California is insignificant;

Regional and national energy markets do not need oil production in federal waters off California;

The lack of industry interest in developing in federal waters off of California weighs heavily against new oil drilling;

California’s laws, goals, and policies are contrary to new oil drilling off our coast;

BOEM’s analysis needs to take into account current and foreseeable lack of onshore infrastructure, and BOEM needs to consider the potential damage and costs from increased greenhouse gas emissions the oil drilling would cause;
BOEM’s consideration of environmental factors and concerns does not accurately account for the sensitivity of California’s marine environment; and

Fairly balancing the potential for environmental damage, the potential for the discovery of oil and gas, and the potential for adverse impact on the coastal zone would exclude California’s planning areas from leasing.

Attorney General Becerra has expressed his opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposal to open California’s coast to new offshore drilling on numerous occasions. He quickly responded to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling on January 9, penned a New York Times op-ed titled “Florida Isn’t the Only State That Will Be Hurt by Offshore Drilling” on January 16, and sent a multi-state letter to Secretary Zinke on February 1.

A copy of today’s comment letter is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:29:26   By: Anonymous
 
Just turn off the spigot to California.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:31:21   By: Anonymous
     
    He's afraid Trump will find out his parents are wetbacks.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:36:24   By: Anonymous
       
      Another ignorant racist Trumptard remark
      What a bunch of lowlife pieces of sh-t he has for followers
      He has brought this country back 100 years
      This is America you racist hillbilly, and as you obviously dont know is proud of its diversity, as it should be
      Go back to Charlottesville with the rest of your inbred white supremists

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2018-03-09 20:13:25   By: Anonymous
         
        Spoken by a true libtard

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2018-03-10 09:05:16   By: Anonymous
           
          And proud of it!!!!!!
          this country will not not stand for your racists taunt
          My real question is WHY do the inbreds follow a Russian supported President?
          They are the most ignorant people on this planet

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          Posted on: 2018-03-10 19:10:58   By: Anonymous
           
          Wrong. Spoken by an intelligent person,. But it ovbviosly offends a BMBFCK that only knows how to post libtard.

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        Posted on: 2018-03-10 05:41:45   By: Anonymous
         
        hehehehehe listen to the welfare leech called a democrat, the leech off of the working class, the little ewe, who bobs his head because the system gives him freebies and lordy knows what else this piece of trash would do for some more food stamps. Your kind might come to an end, then where will you go, what will you do, lazy little she-male? People are getting tired of illegals, and sissy's who leech off of them, who commit crimes for their drug use, pray on our elderly and are useless to the people as a whole.
        You better come up with a plan loser, your days are coming to an end, you better bum some Midol off someone, your period might start sooner then usual with the stress of your leeching off us might end sooner then later.

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          Posted on: 2018-03-10 18:30:55   By: Anonymous
           
          The working. Lass has been getting screwed for decades by big business and the super rixh investment class, and only a DMBFCK would not recognize it.

          The Republicans and trump are only into greed. The very top 2% own 80% of the wealth and productivity of this nation. What the working class gets is trickle down pennies.

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      Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:07:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Another DMBFK

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:07:04   By: Anonymous
     
    2 DM FCKS

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PLEASE DO!!
Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:40:51   By: Anonymous
 
GO Xavier Beccerra!! We need all the help we can get to keep some sanity in our lives and for our future generations. We are seeing a total lack of common sense coming from Washington.

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    Re: PLEASE DO!!
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 19:01:42   By: Anonymous
     
    You wouldn't know sense if some fell out of your pocket.
    How much common sense flows from Moonbeam and Sacto? Huh?
    Try justifying the law breaking crimes of refusing to enforce ICE and Immigration Laws.
    Moonbeam trying secession tactics reminiscent of slaveholder southerners.
    How about a bazillion $$$ train to nowhere?
    Ooooh, twin drain pipes from the north to the south denying farmers water necessary to produce food.


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      Re: PLEASE DO!!
      Posted on: 2018-03-09 19:57:27   By: Anonymous
       
      well said!

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    Re: PLEASE DO!!
    Posted on: 2018-03-10 05:47:11   By: Anonymous
     
    a total lack of common sense coming from Washington? Try Sacramento, and I'm a democrat.
    This state is so phucked up it's disgusting. Thank God I have another place out of state. In a few more years the most responsible will get this home, and she said she'd sell it and leave too.
    This state is too over populated now, that if we have ONE dry Winter it's drought talk, it's called over population.


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      Re: PLEASE DO!!
      Posted on: 2018-03-10 18:20:39   By: Anonymous
       
      Why wait . Haul ass now and quit yer bitchin.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:47:46   By: Anonymous
 
He wont be suing anyone from prison. F-ing traitor.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:08:41   By: Anonymous
     
    Wow. Another DMBFCK

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:58:17   By: Anonymous
 
Even the Alaskans that I know are questioning why they allowed so much of their pristine land to be developed. It is quickly looking like the Central Valley. And most do not want more opened up to the ravages of oil drilling and spills.

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    Re: Truth Prevails
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 18:52:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Really, how many Alaskans do you actually know?
    Because of the petroleum industry Alaskans don't pay state taxes and get a return check every year.
    If you aren't looking for them, the oil producers are literally invisible, out of sight.
    Alaskans are also happy to see ANWR open now for oil production, a much better and more viable source of jobs and revenue than growing pot.

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      Re: Truth Prevails
      Posted on: 2018-03-10 18:21:45   By: Anonymous
       
      BS

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:59:02   By: Anonymous
 
We need more people to stand up to Trump. He's bat shat crazy and has no idea what he is doing just like his mouth breathing followers.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 19:03:27   By: Anonymous
     
    Obviously you are not reading the news.
    America is Made Great Again, in just the first of Trump's eight years.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-03-09 19:58:46   By: Anonymous
       
      Woo Hoo!!

      Trump 2020

      Trump 2020

      Trump 2020

      Melt those snowflakes!

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-03-10 09:49:13   By: Anonymous
       
      People that believe in FACTS dont watch FAKE Fox and Fiends

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 21:17:50   By: Anonymous
     
    Obviously you are absolutely correct.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-09 15:59:14   By: Anonymous
 
Environmental issues aside, it makes no economic sense to push for more drilling anywhere. Oil is at an all time low.

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Shameful
Posted on: 2018-03-09 16:24:06   By: Anonymous
 
With ALL the issues there are to deal with we have to constantly spend time trying to survive this occupant of the White House and his unbelievable, nonsensical ideas. What a shameful waste of precious time. Go Attorney General!!!

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    Re: Shameful
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:05:25   By: Anonymous
     
    DRILL BABY DRILL!

    And use liberal tears to oil the machines!

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      Re: Shameful
      Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:12:07   By: Anonymous
       
      Dang. The DMBFCKS are really being DMBFCKS

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:40:39   By: Anonymous
 
This is just one dumb libtard, who couldn't make it in law so he jast ran for office for all the other libtards to vote for. DRILL IT !

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    Posted on: 2018-03-09 17:47:01   By: Anonymous
     
    DMBFK

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Thank You Attorney General Becerra
Posted on: 2018-03-09 20:59:29   By: Anonymous
 
I fought for those 1,100 miles of coastline in the 60's & 70's !
In am too old to fight for it again.
Thank you for making sure the potus knows we won't slip silently into the night.

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    Re: Thank You Attorney General Becerra
    Posted on: 2018-03-09 21:09:49   By: Anonymous
     
    Smelly hippie.

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      Re: Thank You Attorney General Becerra
      Posted on: 2018-03-09 23:15:40   By: Anonymous
       
      I'll bet you had a beanbag chair, and 2 macramé owls on the wall near the fireplace.

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