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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/01/2018 09:39 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/01/2018 09:39 AM
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Attorney General Becerra Demands Trump Administration Must Immediately Withdraw Proposal to Open California's Coast to Offshore Drilling

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today called on the Trump Administration to immediately withdraw its proposal to open California’s coast to new offshore drilling. In a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Attorney General Becerra underscores that the Administration’s proposal – known formally as the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program – would severely damage California’s economy and pose a dire threat to its environment. The letter is signed by a coalition of 12 Attorneys General, each of whom outlines the many harms that offshore drilling would inflict upon their respective states.

“Today, we send a clear message to the Trump Administration: drilling off of our shores is a non-starter,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Secretary Zinke exempted Florida from offshore drilling, and we demand nothing less than the same treatment – immediately. In California, we have 800 miles of pristine coastline. There should be no doubt that we are prepared to do what is necessary to defend every single one of those 800 miles, including going to court.”

In the letter, which follows an op-ed that he recently published in the New York Times, Attorney General Becerra makes clear that the stakes are high for California. He highlights that:

California’s coastal economies annually generate hundreds of billions of dollars in wages nationally and nearly $2 trillion in GDP.

California is the sixth largest economy in the world and home to the largest port complex in the nation—the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports, which are a gateway for the entire United States.

California’s coastline supports commerce, tourism, recreation, fishing, navigation, marine transportation, public access, and abundant marine life. It is home to dozens of endangered or threatened species that would be put at risk from increased offshore oil and gas development, including the Coho Salmon, Southern Steelhead, Black Abalone, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Guadalupe Fur Seal, Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, Western Snowy Plover, and Marbled Murrelet.

California is well acquainted with the dire impacts of an oil spill from a federal lease. The 1969 spill off the shores of Santa Barbara killed thousands of birds and marine mammals, suspended commercial fishing and severely harmed tourism. With many of California’s economic drivers concentrated along California’s coastline, another oil spill from an off-shore platform, pipeline, or barge would have a catastrophic impact on both the economies and natural resources of California and the Nation.

In issuing the letter to Secretary Zinke, Attorney General Becerra joins the states of North Carolina, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

Since taking office, Attorney General Becerra has taken swift and broad action to protect the environment. He has filed several lawsuits against the Trump Administration's Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and Department of Interior, including the most recent lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's decision to repeal critical hydraulic fracturing (fracking) regulations. Additionally, Attorney General Becerra opposed the Administration’s illegal attempt to suspend for two years the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which would protect California’s lakes, rivers, and streams from pollutants. He also joined, through an amicus brief, the City of Oakland’s efforts to prohibit for health and safety reasons the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke at one of its port terminals.

A copy of the letter is attached to the electronic version of this release at

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Posted on: 2018-02-01 10:17:28   By: Anonymous
Becerra shut the hell up and let the Trumpster make America great again.

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Posted on: 2018-02-01 10:17:54   By: Anonymous
OK, limit California's oil and gas consumption to only the oil and gas produced in California, and without fracking.

Reminds me of when self-righteous Bay Area type were driving around in electric cars powered by electricity produced in a coal-fired plant on an Indian reservation, all in the name of protecting the environment - their environment, not the other guy's.

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    Posted on: 2018-02-01 10:52:39   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2018-02-01 11:15:00   By: Anonymous
      CA is going broke ,we can use any revenue available !

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        Posted on: 2018-02-01 14:42:10   By: Anonymous
        CA is AWASH in collected tax revenue.
        Greedy Democrats will hoard your money for their cookie jar.
        Benevolent Republicans like President Trump give money BACK to Americans.

        From The Sacto Bee-
        California is collecting so much of your money it can’t save it all
        February 01, 2018

        California’s swelling budget reserves are approaching a point where the state by law can’t save any more money ‑ but don’t expect a tax rebate.

        The state is quickly filling up its so-called rainy day fund, the budget stabilization account voters created in 2014 when they passed an initiative that forced lawmakers to save money in flush years. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal puts the state on pace to fill it with $13.5 billion by July 1, 2019, but the milestone could come even sooner.

        By law, the fund can only hold 10 percent of the state’s projected general fund revenue as a hedge against the cuts that would come in a recession. Any additional revenue has to be spent on infrastructure.

        If the revenue keeps pouring in, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor told senators earlier this month they’ll have a lot of options. The money “will be there for you do whatever you want to do with it, build reserves, tax cut, whatever you want to do.”

        Give it back
        Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, remembers the one “glorious time” in the 1980s when California saw a spike in state tax revenue and delivered rebates to taxpayers.

        Technically, that could happen again, but don’t hold your breath.

        A 1979 ballot initiative that became known as the Gann limit compels state government to return money to taxpayers if state spending exceeds certain thresholds.

        Last year, the Legislative Analyst’s Office warned that rising revenue put the Gann limit within reach for the first time in decades. Brown’s office disagreed, and you didn’t get that check.

        Nielsen, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said he’d advocate for some kind of rebate even though he knows it’s unlikely.

        “Am I confident about the prospect? No, the temptation to spend money is vastly too great.”

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          Posted on: 2018-02-02 11:10:22   By: Anonymous
          How about rescinding and refunding the illegal fire tax since Sactown has our money coming out of their ears. Dammed crooks.

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Posted on: 2018-02-01 11:51:37   By: Anonymous
Drill, baby, drill

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    Posted on: 2018-02-02 05:28:06   By: Anonymous
    Well I voted for Trump, Hillary was to dishonest for me.
    The President wants to drill off the Ca. coast line, but forbids it in Florida.....where he has 10's if not 100's of millions of dollars invested.
    What's good for the Goose is good for the gander I say.
    If you drill one coast line, the other is fair game too.

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      Posted on: 2018-02-02 06:51:02   By: Anonymous
      Same with offshore windpower. Remember that blowhard Kennedy who was against it in the Martha's vineyard area?

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        Posted on: 2018-02-03 08:49:44   By: Anonymous
        Deport this illegal beaner !

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