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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra vows to fight any attempt to allow more oil drilling off coast of state

Offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (Los Angeles Times)
Offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (Los Angeles Times)

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday he is prepared to fight any attempt to expand oil drilling off the California coast despite an order signed by President Trump calling for a study of new oil and natural gas exploration.

 “We will vigorously oppose new drilling off the shores of our coast,” Becerra said in a statement. “California is leading the way in clean energy production and policies that preserve our state’s pristine natural resources. Instead of taking us backwards, the federal government should work with us to advance the clean energy economy that’s creating jobs, providing energy and preserving California’s natural beauty.”

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