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The Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 gave a shot in the arm to America’s environmental movement.  Since 1981, there’s been a federal ban on offshore drilling. But there has not been another major spill of that kind in US waters.  Memories are short, gasoline prices are sky high—and technology has improved.  Tonight, does the moratorium have a future? On Reporter’s Notebook, George Carlin remembered by Harry Shearer.

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Is California Ready to Rethink Offshore Oil Drilling? 18 MIN, 58 SEC

Offshore oil drilling is almost an abstract issue in California, except in Long Beach and Santa Barbara, where giant rigs dominate the scenery.  Now the high price of gasoline has John McCain campaigning to end the federal moratorium on offshore drilling—in those states that approve it.  Governor Schwarzenegger is opposed to the idea.  State Democratic leaders today denounced it.  But as many as 5.6 billion barrels of oil might be available off California—along with 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  

Guests:
Eric Smith, Professor of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara
Linda Krop, Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Center
Joe Sparano, President of Western States Petroleum Association

Reporter's Notebook Comedian George Carlin Dies 5 MIN, 33 SEC

George Carlin, who changed the nature of comedy, died yesterday at 71.  We’ll talk about him tonight with another humorist: Harry Shearer. 

Guests:
Harry Shearer, Political satirist (@theharryshearer)

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