Schwarzenegger Ends Support For California Oil Drilling

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is withdrawing his support of a plan to expand oil drilling off the California coast, citing the environmental tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking during a news conference Monday, Schwarzenegger said television images of the oil spill in the Gulf have changed his mind about the safety of ocean-based oil platforms.

The Republican governor had proposed expanding oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara to help close the state's $20 billion budget deficit, so withdrawing his support essentially kills the idea since he would have to include it in his May budget revision.

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  • by sherry Location: charlotte on May 5, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    knee-jerk reaction there will always be accidents the earth will recover just as it does with volcanoes and other natural catastrophes however BP should have been better prepared
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    Obama will change his mind if it will get him votes. 3500 oil platforms in the Gulf and one accident should not change it. We are years away from an alternate to oil, if we dont keep drilling it will hurt everyone. Alot of people thought voting for Obama was a good CHANGE but have changed their mind since then. It is obvious now that Obama cannot control the economy, unemployment or national security.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on May 4, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    Yea, I did thing drilling off shore wouldn't be a good idea A WEEK AGO. Things CHANGE. Its obvious now (which it wasn't a week ago) that the oil companies can't control their spills. I think you will see Obama change his toon just as Scharzenegger did. Hopefully others will folow. Some people can learn from experience, some people can't.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Barlow, werent you praising Obamas decision to explore for oil off the coast a few weeks ago?
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Barlow, do you drive a vehicle? do you use electricity? do you use electronics that use batteries? If so you are contributing to pollution. There are over 3500 oil platforms in the Gulf, one of them having an accident does not mean we need to scrap them all. Did Obama have anything to do with those CHANGES? No, we no longer hunt with clubs and spears but we still do use oil and until we find an alternate source (which is years down the road) we need these oil platforms.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    Did unemployment actually drop or did the benifits run out for them?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on May 4, 2010 at 04:43 AM
    Yea, lets not change. Lets keep drilling and polluting until we can't breathe the air or drink the water. Sometimes you have to believe your own eyes. LA and Pittsburg in the 70s were so polluted there were days you could barely see down the street. Lake Erie used to be pretty much a dead lake because of pollution. But things were CHANGED and now they are better. CHANGE, Repugs. CHANGE. Its why you are still not hunting animals with a spear or club. Or are you?
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2010 at 04:23 AM
    I'm really not suggesting this accident was something other than an accident, but the timing certainly was a little suspect.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on May 3, 2010 at 08:58 PM
    AMD-We recoverd from Valdese? The Exxon Valdese happened in 1989. It was not finally settle until 2008, by which time 6,000 of the original 38,000 litigants had died. They were originally ordered to pay 5.3 billion in punitive damages, appeal reduced it to 2.5 billion, appeal to supreme court reduced it to 507.5 million-of which they "agreed" to pay 75% (spread over 32,000 people). It took 19 years to receive the oil company's "offer". What makes me so angry is it is obvious that BP had no plan to cover this accident. Yes, I believe it was an accident, but they should have had a specific plan to handle this and they didn't and don't. BTW, unemployment dropped in all 100 NC counties last month! Awestruck-Do you have any idea how much of our sea food is supplied by La.? Their ships have been gounded! Have you noticed that the gulf stream runs right by our state and could bring this oil up the east coast? Your flippant attitude is, frankly, sickening.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 07:32 PM
    My package from UPS hasn't arrived yet. I guess the delivery will take a little longer, now that they use horses. Food Lion has been out of stock on several items, too. They say the delivery wagon busted a wheel.
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