Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) of California has adopted a common-sense, responsible approach to coastal oil drilling in the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: just say no. Reversing his prior support for drilling to help close the state deficit, the governor announced at a news conference that the undertaking is just not worth it.
Schwarzenegger stated, "I see on TV, the birds drenched in oil, the fishermen out of work, the massive oil spill, oil slick destroying our precious ecosystem. That will not happen here in California. ...If I have a choice to make up $100 million and what I see in Gulf of Mexico, I'd rather find a way to make up that $100 million. ...You turn on the television and see this enormous disaster, you say to yourself, 'Why would we want to take on that kind of risk?' "