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Gov. Jerry Brown: Trump's plan to expand offshore drilling is 'reckless, short-sighted'

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

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday criticized plans by President Trump’s administration to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

“For more than 30 years, our shared coastline has been protected from further federal drilling and we’ll do whatever it takes to stop this reckless, short-sighted action,” Brown said in a joint statement with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

The three Democratic governors said the president’s proposal, which would open up federal lease sales off the California coast for the first time since 1984, ignores prior harm from offshore spills and the need to reduce fossil fuel dependence in the face of climate change.

“We won’t forget history or ignore science,” the statement said.

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