California Takes Another Look at Offshore Oil Drilling
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Lakers fans filled the Los Angeles Coliseum today. We hear about an enormous celebration. And, it's rare since the oil spill of 1969, but there's serious debate about drilling for oil off the coast of California. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, as Congress debates a new energy bill, the Obama White House releases dramatic new warnings about the increased impact of global warming. We'll hear about the latest report and the prospects for legislation.
Banner image: Night comes to oil and gas platforms near the Federal Ecological Reserve in the Santa Barbara Channel, February 15, 2001, near Santa Barbara, California. Photo: David McNew/Newsmakers
Global Warming and the Energy Bill ()
Federal law requires comprehensive reports on global warming every four years. Last year a lawsuit forced the Bush Administration to issue its first such document since it took office in 2001. Yesterday, the Obama White House updated that draft report with stronger language and ten "key findings."
- Evan Mills: Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Dave Hamilton: Director of Global Warming and Energy Programs, Sierra Club
- Ronald Bailey: Science Correspondent, Reason magazine
- Steven Mufson: Energy Correspondent, Washington Post, @StevenMufson
Los Angeles Celebrates the Lakers ()
The world champion Los Angeles Lakers paraded down Figueroa today from Staples Center to the Coliseum. The crowd was estimated to be 150,000. Mayor Villaraigosa provided a welcome, but the big cheers were for the players, especially Kobe Bryant, the MVP of the final series that earned the team their championship rings. Ari Bloomekatz was there for the Los Angeles Times.
- Ari Bloomekatz: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
California Takes Another Look at Offshore Oil Drilling ()
Since the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, offshore drilling has been anathema to most Californians, including the environmentally-minded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. But now the Governor is behind a proposal to allow a Texas company to slant drill from a platform in federal waters to a field inside California’s three-mile limit.
- David Baker: Business Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
- Linda Krop: Chief Counsel, Environmental Defense Center
- John Garamendi: Lieutenant Governor of California, @RepGaramendi
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