California Governor Ends Support For Off-Shore Drilling
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he will no longer support off-shore drilling as a result of the disaster in the Gulf.
“You turn on the television and see this enormous disaster, you say to yourself, ‘Why would we want to take on that kind of risk?'” he said at a news conference near Sacramento.
The Republican governor had proposed expanding oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara County to help plug the state’s budget deficit. Democrats last year blocked a similar proposal, but Schwarzenegger renewed his support, saying it was a reliable way to increase revenue as the state grapples with an ongoing fiscal crisis.
But the governor changed is mind, and says he’ll find another way to reduce the deficit, saying, “If I have a choice to make up $100 million and what I see in Gulf of Mexico, I’d rather find a way to make up that $100 million.” Wouldn’t it be refreshing if more politicians changed their mind when events unfold that make old thinking obsolete.Click here for reuse options!
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