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San Diego Public Officials Voice Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling in California

Encinitas, CA - Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear joined other mayors and two county supervisors Monday to speak out against the Trump administration’s plans to expand offshore oil and gas exploration off the California coastline.

Brady Bradshaw, who represents Oceana, said the elected official’s appearance today at a news conference held at the Encinitas Marine Safety Center near Moonlight Beach underscores the “united front” that the opposition has that crosses political and ideological boundaries.

“Our planet is in serious danger from climate change caused in large part by greenhouse gases created from the burning of fossil fuels,” said Mayor Blakespear. “Opening up our coast to offshore drilling is wrong in so many ways – encouraging the further use of fossil fuels, and exposing our delicate shoreline and marine environment to the risk of oil spills and pollution.”

Joining Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear was former San Marcos Mayor and current District 5 County Supervisor Jim Desmond, former Encinitas Mayor and current District 3 County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and Del Mar Mayor David Druker.

Each of the representatives spoke for one to two minutes about what actions their cities are taking to oppose the White House plan and the dangers of new offshore drilling to the region’s coastal economy and environment.