Tony Cárdenas drafts bill to protect California coast

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EDITOR’S NOTE: On Friday President Trump signed an executive order to allow oil exploration and drilling in the coastal waters on both the east and west coasts as well as the Arctic Ocean. This could lead to more drilling off California’s coastline so Rep. Tony Cárdenas drafted a bill to stop the executive order. This is his press release.

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Cárdenas Slams Trump Order on Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order aimed at renewing offshore drilling.

“Drilling off our coasts puts California and our neighbors at risk. It’s both reckless and unnecessary — it threatens our economy, our beaches, and our wildlife. As a country, we are more energy independent than ever before. Our future depends on investments in clean renewable energy technologies, not drilling. Through renewable energy, we can address the challenges of climate change, protect our natural resources, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. What’s more these technologies will improve U.S. competitiveness and create jobs for Californians. Even today, more Americans are working in renewable energy jobs than in oil and gas extraction. Expanding drilling in our backyard is the wrong move for the country.”

Congressman Cárdenas has co-sponsored H.R. 169, the West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2017 to permanently prohibit offshore drilling off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.

Top photo by Tim Forkes