May 5, 2010 – On Monday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped a plan to allow new offshore drilling off the Santa Barbara coast for the first time since 1969. Schwarzenegger cited the disastrous Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, stating that images from the catastrophe changed his mind.
“I see on TV the birds drenched in oil, the fishermen out of work, the massive oil spill and oil slick destroying our precious ecosystem,” he said at a news conference Monday. “That will not happen here in California, and this is why I am withdrawing my support for the T-Ridge project.”
Environmental groups are coming out in force to applaud the governor’s decision.“This was born of due caution considering the value of California’s coast both economically and aesthetically,” says Wade Crowfoot, West Coast political director for the Environmental Defense Fund. “Schwarzenegger showed compelling leadership in this important time of transition to clean energy,” he said. “California has taken the lead in this and we salute him.”
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