Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

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Source: Office of Rep. Carbajal

Today, Rep. Salud Carbajal joined local advocates, environmental and business leaders, and community members at Shoreline Park for a press conference to celebrate Wednesday’s House passage of the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941). This bill bans future offshore oil and gas leasing off the U.S. coasts, and includes Carbajal’s California Clean Coast Act (H.R. 279) within it.

Rep. Carbajal kicked off the press conference and was joined by Linda Krop, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Center; Michael Lyons, President of Get Oil Out!; Dennis Allen, Chairman of Allen Construction; Ben Pitterle, Science and Policy Director of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper; Corley Kenna, Director of Global Communications and Public Relations for Patagonia; and Sigrid Wright, CEO of Community Environmental Council; as well as Central Coast community leaders, and other environmental and business advocates. The participants joined together to speak out against the influence of big oil and celebrate this win.

“This week in the House we said ‘NO’ to offshore oil and gas drilling. Here at home, our community is standing up to say the same: We won’t compromise our values, economy and environment for the perils of offshore oil,” said Rep. Salud Carbajal. “Our Central Coast knows the devastation of oil spills—our wildlife and economy cannot endure another. That’s why I’m so proud to have passed the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act that includes my bill to ban offshore drilling off of California’s coast. We must take bold climate action now, our kids and grandkids are counting on us to preserve this planet.”

“This bill will restore protections for the California Coast that existed for decades before Trump’s proposed offshore leasing plan,”said Linda Krop, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Center. “We need this legislation to ensure that our coast is not threatened with another oil spill like we experienced a few years ago. Offshore oil development is an idea that has passed its time; we must transition to clean, renewable energy.”

“Patagonia was founded along this stretch of California’s iconic coastline almost 45 years ago, and we are still here today because of this area’s natural beauty, wildlife and surf break. It’s worth so much more than the oil beneath us,” said Corley Kenna, Director of Global Communications and Public Relations at Patagonia. “Over 150 million people come annually to visit our beaches, and, in doing so, support restaurants, hotels, grocery stores and countless other businesses. We applaud the passage of the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act and will continue to work to protect our coast and ocean from any new offshore drilling: for the sake of our communities, our economy and our environment.”

"Oil development seeks to rampantly continue as demonstrated by the Federal government's desire to drill off of our coastline,” said Michael Lyons, President of Get Oil Out! “GOO! is hopeful for a more sustainable energy path into the future and is greatly concerned in regards to the potential catastrophic effects of oil spills caused by new drilling off our coastline. GOO! strongly supports the passing of HR 1941."

The passage of  the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act is crucial for Central Coast communities who have seen the devastation of the 1969 Santa Barbara and 2015 Plains All American Pipeline oil spills, and whose economies are directly tied to clean coasts and healthy ecosystems.

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a-1574088954 Sep 14, 2019 01:59 PM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Oh the devastation of oil spills and the effect on our water and wildlife. In the 50 years I have been IB SB there have been two really devastating spills. The worst obviously was the Union blowout. The other the pipeline break near El Capitan. Fifty years two spills of any major significance, obviously no spills are best, but that’s a pretty good record. I’m tired of the same old message from the enviros. Technology has moved forward maybe the enviro message should also. For example when an oil company says it’s going to drill 30-100 new wells,the public envisions all those new derricks. That’s not the case those new wells would be drilled from existing platforms. Yes we need to transfer to clean energy—- guess that’s why we are closing diablo. Diablo supplies something like 35% of California’s electricity and is super clean. Just tired of ten people showing up and pretending to speak for all of us.

PitMix Sep 16, 2019 10:52 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

35%? Care to cite a source for that number? The nuclear industry fact sheet touting super clean nuclear power says nuclear provides 9.2% of California's power, and that is not just Diablo. But making up numbers is a good strategy, if no one has heard of google.

EastBeach Sep 14, 2019 12:27 PM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Those taking the long view (not just your lifetime but those of your kids and their grand-kids) will realize we're in a transition period to diversify our energy portfolio and not have so many eggs in the oil basket - especially when using oil is ruining the planet's climate. Only an idiot would rely on the previous portfolio until the bitter end in hopes of making a sudden change later. It's like managing a retirement portfolio - you have to realize you need to rebalance, then do it. Starting earlier is way better than putting it off.

biguglystick Sep 14, 2019 10:55 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Why are Republicans SO against anything green or environmentally sound? Do they hate the world we live in? Do they CARE about what kind of world thier grandchildren will inherit? If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money! SMH

a-1574088954 Sep 14, 2019 01:14 PM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

BUS: Nothing could be further from the truth, and you are simply projecting. Look what your people are doing to Red Rock, DT SB, all our parks, and nearly every city in the USA. The (D) policies have turned each and every city in (D) run CA into rotten cesspools. You are ignoring the fact that your house is on fire, and focus on the ridiculous..."Hello 911....my house is on fire, but I am not calling about that, the kids at the lemonade stand across the street are using foam cups and plastic straws!" The horror.

Red Creek Sep 14, 2019 10:34 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Texas, the UK and many other countries are now paving their roads with recycled plastic. https://www.icenews.is/2017/04/27/roads-made-from-recycled-plastic-may-be-the-thing-to-come-in-iceland-video/ There is so much solar energy coming into California from Nevada's solar facilities, that the cost is dropping. Electric cars, trains and other vehicles, power by non petroleum sources are effective all over the world. Time to end big oil's grip on our economy, environment and lives.

a-1574088954 Sep 14, 2019 09:39 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

How exactly does one restore protections against a proposed plan? Okay, we get it, you shut down any movement to a proposed plan. Look at you fight the opposition! Thank you, I guess. Yet this happens everyday where administrators say no. So Good for you Salud! You hung with a group of people who said no to something... Again. But when will you ever actually say yes while actually adding value to District 42?

Factotum Sep 14, 2019 09:04 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Everyone on the socialist green team loves what is happening in Norway; while overlooking Norway floats on their North Sea of fossil fuel revenues. What is Norway doing right, since I can't recall any North Sea oil spill disasters.

Factotum Sep 14, 2019 09:01 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Nuclear energy is proving itself to be the cleanest, cheapest and most reliable energy source every day. Odd it has also become the most reviled. Nuclear is truly is the green revolution we demand, so why is it embraced while demanding unicorn tears be used instead?

Alexblue Sep 14, 2019 08:57 AM
Carbajal and Community Leaders Celebrate Offshore Oil Ban

Kohn1, are you saying that there can never be enough viable options for fossil fuels? That once we run out of oil, we just sort of wind it all down? Shut it all off? Is that your answer?

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