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Press Room:  For Immediate Release 
Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

May 3, 2010

Contacts: Bill Magavern, (916) 557-1100 x102

Kristina Johnson, (415) 977-5619

California Governor Ends Support for Offshore Drilling

Sierra Club Welcomes the Governor’s Changing Position

Washington, D.C. – This afternoon California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ended his support for offshore oil drilling. Gov. Schwarzenegger says he changed his mind after seeing the Gulf Coast oil spill images on television.

Director of Sierra Club California Bill Magavern issued the following statement:

"The Sierra Club is glad to see a high-ranking public official recognizing the danger of our addiction to fossil fuels. It's too bad that it takes a tragedy of this scale to convince drilling supporters to change their ways.

"We call on more public officials to join us in calling for a comprehensive cleanup of the Gulf Coast and full support to the impacted communities, all paid for by BP. This oil disaster requires that we reinstate the offshore drilling moratorium and adopt an aggressive plan to wean our country from oil addiction over the next two decades.

"Enough is enough. It's time to take offshore drilling off the table for good." -

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