Gov. Brown Seeks Permanent Ban On New Offshore Drilling Leases

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown wants President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters off California.

Brown said in a letter sent Tuesday to the president that allowing new drilling would be inconsistent with goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and combating climate change. A temporary ban in California, Oregon and Washington expires in 2022.

“Clearly, large new oil and gas reserves would be inconsistent with our overriding imperative to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat the devastating impacts of climate change,” Brown wrote in the letter. “Now is the time to make permanent the protection of our ocean waters and beaches from new oil and gas drilling.”

Brown says he doesn’t know if President-elect Donald Trump would have authority to overturn a permanent ban. He plans to ask the governors of Oregon and Washington if they want to join the effort.

The governor announced his proposal in Coronado, at an event to launch a new organization to protect oceans. Oregon and Washington also joined the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification.

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  1. Sure Governor and the sky is falling too. Keep it up and California will become the next Michigan with no jobs and no money and crime rampant all over and Illegals determining how this once great state is operated. We manufacture nothing in this state anymore because of your policy’s. Oil is all we have left. We are truly a state in distress and the ignorant voters don’t know it yet because you and your cronies are cooking the books. By the time they figure it out it will be too late and there we won’t be able to come back.

    1. That’s utterly ridiculous.
      We have tech, and we are divesting from fossil fuels in order to save the planet.
      You can’t drink oil, and you can’t eat money.

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