CORONADO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown wants President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the state.
Brown says in a letter sent Tuesday to the president that allowing new drilling would be inconsistent with goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and combating climate change. A temporary ban in California, Oregon and Washington expires in 2022.READ MORE: 2 Drivers Killed In Head-On Crash Near Patterson
Brown says he doesn’t know if President-elect Donald Trump would have authority to overturn a permanent ban. He plans to ask the governors of Oregon and Washington if they want to join the effort.READ MORE: Detectives: Rental Fraud Suspect Posted Turlock Properties On Facebook Marketplace, Scammed People Out Of $2,000
The governor announced his proposal in Coronado, near San Diego, at an event to launch a new organization to protect oceans. Oregon and Washington also joined the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification.MORE NEWS: California-Grown Cannabis To Be Judged At Next State Fair
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