California Asks Bush for Coastal Protection

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As Florida Governor Jeb Bush runs for re-election, his brother President George Bush has agreed to use federal tax money to buy unpopular oil leases off the Florida coast. Bush's intent: to save some "beautiful natural treasures" by stopping future drilling. Californians, who have been fighting for an end to drilling since a devastating oil spill near Santa Barbara in 1969, want the same favor. But Bush says no, at least until a court hearing scheduled for Monday. If it's good for Florida, why not for California? Is President George Bush making good policy, or a campaign contribution with 235-million dollars in federal tax money? We ask the Capital Bureau Chief for the Miami Herald, California's Secretary for Resources, and a US Department of the Interior official to discuss the prospects and politics of oil
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Office of the Secretary--California Resources Agency

Minerals Management Service--US Dept. of the Interior

Adler Public Affairs

City of Long Beach



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton