The guv runs away from offshore drilling

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The fallout from the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has Repulicans scurrying for cover, and the latest on the list is Gov. Schwarzenegger, who just announced he no longer supports the Tranquillon Ridge project. (SacBee, from SFist). But Meg Whitman is still hanging tough; her website still says:

“With advances in drilling technology that reduce environmental risks, we need to re-look at offshore drilling. We have to utilize our resources here at home to reduce dependence. I want to look at new technologies such as slant drilling.”

As recently as May 2, her campaign confirmed that she's still open to drilling off the California coast, as long as the cool new technology she talks about can minimize risks:

Whitman opposes new offshore drilling unless technological advances can minimize risks. Pompei defined the threshold as "next to a zero chance of an environmental impact." Whitman has suggested, however, that slant drilling may be safe enough.

Let's remember: the BP oil rig that blew up off the coast of Louisiana was state-of-the-art technology, the latest in drilling hardware:

BP suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant crude oil spill — and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals — was unlikely, or virtually impossible.

Oil Spill Meg is going to have a hard time with this one -- and the way things look now, the issue isn't going away for a long, long time. 

Comments

Whitman said? “With advances in drilling technology that reduce environmental risks, we need to re-look at offshore drilling. We have to utilize our resources here at home to reduce dependence. I want to look at new technologies such as slant drilling.”

Why do republicans want to reduce dependence on oil, by drilling for more oil. Makes no sense when we already have fantastic alternatives like solar and wind power? There has never been an environmental disaster due to solar and wind power.

Posted by www.sunwindproducts.com on May. 04, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

Whitman said? “With advances in drilling technology that reduce environmental risks, we need to re-look at offshore drilling. We have to utilize our resources here at home to reduce dependence. I want to look at new technologies such as slant drilling.”

Why do republicans want to reduce dependence on oil, by drilling for more oil. Makes no sense when we already have fantastic alternatives like solar and wind power? There has never been an environmental disaster due to solar and wind power.

Posted by www.sunwindproducts.com on May. 04, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

Whitman said? “With advances in drilling technology that reduce environmental risks, we need to re-look at offshore drilling. We have to utilize our resources here at home to reduce dependence. I want to look at new technologies such as slant drilling.”

Why do republicans want to reduce dependence on oil, by drilling for more oil. Makes no sense when we already have fantastic alternatives like solar and wind power? There has never been an environmental disaster due to solar and wind power.

Posted by sunwindproducts on May. 04, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

Whitman said? “With advances in drilling technology that reduce environmental risks, we need to re-look at offshore drilling. We have to utilize our resources here at home to reduce dependence. I want to look at new technologies such as slant drilling.”

Why do republicans want to reduce dependence on oil, by drilling for more oil. Makes no sense when we already have fantastic alternatives like solar and wind power? There has never been an environmental disaster due to solar and wind power.

Posted by sunwindproducts on May. 04, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

Whitman said? “With advances in drilling technology that reduce environmental risks, we need to re-look at offshore drilling. We have to utilize our resources here at home to reduce dependence. I want to look at new technologies such as slant drilling.”

Why do republicans want to reduce dependence on oil, by drilling for more oil. Makes no sense when we already have fantastic alternatives like solar and wind power? There has never been an environmental disaster due to solar and wind power.

Posted by sunwindproducts on May. 04, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

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Posted by sunwindproducts on May. 04, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

BG is a crappy joke, that is not funny

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

From the Santa Barbara disaster until a couple of years ago when the price of gasoline began climbing toward its true costs, advocacy of offshore drilling in California was a good way to ensure that you would lose an election. But once gasoline addicted Californians had to pay more for gasoline, they selfishly reversed course, so that advocating offshore drilling is no longer the political suicide it once was. The big enviro groups really need to get off their butts on this issue and start a major campaign against offshore drilling coupled with one promoting much more and better mass transit. Hopefully, constant images of oiled birds and other tortured animals, caused by DRIVING, would change peoples' minds.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on May. 08, 2010 @ 2:02 pm