California vows ‘not a single drop’ of oil from Trump’s offshore drilling plan will come ashore

by Ben Wolfgang
February 8, 2018

California on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration’s massive offshore oil drilling proposal, vowing that “not a single drop” of new fuel will ever come ashore in the state.

The declaration could spark a legal standoff between California and President Trump, who is pushing a plan to open roughly 90 percent of America’s waters to oil drilling. Virtually all areas off the East Coast, with the exception of Florida, will be opened to drilling, as will all waters in the Gulf of Mexico, off the West Coast, and in Alaska.

In a harsh statement Wednesday, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will refuse to allow any of its pipelines or transportation systems to move offshore oil.

“I am resolved that not a single drop from Trump’s new oil plan ever makes landfall in California, where our leadership in reducing emissions and curbing pollution has enabled exceptional economic growth,” Mr. Newsom said. “We will not be complacent in the face of Donald Trump’s deliberate partisan assault on California, its people, and its economy, and we will use every tool available to resist his cynical, regressive agenda.”

The Interior Department removed Florida from the drilling plan after loud objections from Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican. Other East Coast governors, including Republicans in South Carolina, Maryland and Massachusetts, also have said they oppose the proposal.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Most of the oil and gas is for export anyway.

    Failing old oil well fields about to run out. We should save it for our use.
    Deep off shore wells far out to sea. We should save it for our use.
    Fracking the last reserves in the lower 48. We should save it for our use.
    Opened the last untouched arctic national refuge. We should save it for our use.

    …but what did Congress do?

    Oil Export Ban removed by Congress…and for what strategic purpose??, to export most of it??? That is criminal!

    I have an idea, let’s use up our arab enemies oil first, while the world price is low. Let’s save our last domestic reserves of oil and gas in the USA and Canada as a strategic resource for the next 200 years.

    Prices in the US dropped because of self serving Saudi price cuts designed to destroy our domestic tar sand and fracking oil and gas suppliers. World oversupply and lower demand helped also.

    Canadian oil sand and gas reserves that cannot be torpedoed off shore are good to keep for the future of the United States. It should not be sold off now to Communist China.

    But Alas, current greedy short term corporate profits trump patriotism and long term national security concerns once again.

  • Navy Bob says:

    Amazing. A state that is so far in debt is ignoring a new revenue source for political reasons. I can see it now: They will see this new money go to Oregon or Washington, then demand tax revenues from the oil companies for operating off their shores. Let them buy their oil from Mexico, at higher prices, and make their already financially strapped state get further in debt. I wonder if they will blame trump for that, too? (Not really, I KNOW they will blame Trump for it)

  • exoticdoc2 says:

    Good, then deliver it somewhere else and let the loons in CA pay much higher gas prices and get all their oil from the arabs.

  • chw2000 says:

    Trump will win yet another battle. Oil is necessary for the nations security. That in itself will take precedence over the whims and wants of these idiots and the courts will rule in favor of the United States over California.

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