Surfers ride waves in front of an oil rig off Huntington Beach, California on July 31, 2015.

On Thursday, the Trump administration will hold its only California public comment hearing on the proposal to vastly expand offshore oil drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the expansion is needed to cement America’s energy independence. Environmentalists plan to protest at Thursday’s hearing and state officials said Wednesday that they will block transportation of petroleum from any new rigs. We’ll discuss the proposal and California’s reaction.

Information on the Public Comment Period (

Trump’s Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling Gets a California Hearing 8 February,2018Michael Krasny

Steve Jones, spokesperson, Center for Biological Diversity

  • ed

    That is truly a criminal act against the envirnment, the American people and the whole World population, beside the extreme disastrous effect on California shores with millions of tons of toxic chemicals polluting our shores, our sea and ground water, the net effect also will add billions of tons of CO2, methane, and other horrible gases to our atmosphere and it’s disastrous increase in global warming and the resulting effect on human health and millions of death.


    Every gallon of gasoline you burn in your car engine produces on the average 19.6 pounds of CO2, as well as more toxic gases and pollutants, so last year alone the CO2 emission from burning fossil fuel reached it’s highest value in record of 2.4 million ton for each second, that added to 38.2 billion tons CO2 for the year, that is happening while each second of daytime the sunlight supply earth with enough energy to run the whole World need of Solar energy for 100 years……………………If we have not reached the point of no return to save the planet, we need to put an immediate halt of the use of fossil fuel, and replace it with renewable energy, other wise our planet will be doomed, and life on Earth will cease to exist in a matter of a century………Sad, as of that due to human greed and short sight and recklessness actions by those in power.

  • William – SF

    Let’s see… we’re competing with the top 2 oil producers in the world and may already be number one. The DJT administration is making renewable energy more expensive and is attempting to halt renewable energy efforts, and the DJT has at least 3 pro-oil pro-fossil fuel proponents in major cabinet posts (Secretary of State, Interior, EPA, …what’s that third one… the one that stupid ex-governor of Texas Rick Perry wanted to kill but couldn’t remember its name …?), climate change and its disastrous effects aren’t going to suddenly go away.

    This is equivalent to handing $1.5 trillion dollars to the wealthy, corporations with historically high profits, and friends and political donors of DJT and Republicans in Congress … it’s a giveaway to friends of DJT and Republicans in Congress.

    Stop the transfer of U.S. largess to DJT, Republicans in Congress, and their wealthy donors, friends, and corporations.

    • Another Mike

      Exporting oil makes no sense — At one time, at vast cost, we amassed a Strategic Petroleum Reserve, so we would have oil when we needed it. Let us leave the offshore oil in the ground until we really need it, rather that burn it up uselessly now.

      • turquoisewaters

        Could not agree more. Enough with these useless gifts to big business. One cannot help the impression that Trump just wants to stick it to California.

  • chriswinter

    The caller, whose name I didn’t catch (Bob Fulse?) defends the status quo while giving lip service to regulations — which, as Steve Jones pointed out, are being rolled back. Not that they were that stringent before. North Sea wells are required to have working blowout preventers; ours in the Gulf of Mexico are not.

  • Dale Duncan

    The petroleum industry needs to come to to terms with the fact that it’s coming to it’s end. Like the space program, we could unite as a nation and rally behind Alternative Energy. It’s clearly coming.

  • i_witness

    Please ask the WSPA speaker –
    There is a HUGE backlog – more than 3000 – of unfunded cleanups of Underground Storage Tanks and leaks on California’s databases. We can’t even get to those – what say you?

  • RoninNY

    if oil companies are trying really hard to be clean, as your one guest is saying, then why do they fight so hard to get rid of all regulations? as your other guests said, their new slogan is energy dominance. Whenever they’re challenged, they say energy Independence and come up with fake memes like there are lines of tankers from other countries waiting to get here.

    • turquoisewaters

      If I learned one thing it is that the petroleum industry cannot be trusted.
      They don’t care about the environment and just want to drill as cheap as possible.

  • Another Mike

    Why do these offshore resources have to be developed now? Let’s save them till our land-based supplies are closer to exhaustion.

  • Another Mike

    According to the state of Oregon, they get 90% of their gasoline from refineries in Washington state.

  • Diana Parham

    One of the most productive ways to fight oil drilling expansion is to support your city in adopting alternative energy much like San Jose CA did which happens to be the third largest city in California! The second most effective way is to support your local Sierra Club which is very effective political action committee against fighting the Koch bothers and their rampage against the environment.

    • Another Mike

      The Kochs have been in Alberta, Canada, so long they have a grade of crude oil named after them.

      The Alberta bitumen scheduled to come from Alberta to Texas has to be heated in order to flow. But the Texas Coast is where refineries built to handle heavy crudes are. These used to be supplied by tankers from Venezuela and Mexico — I don’t know why these countries have been shut out.

  • De Blo

    As always, conservative Republicans are continuing to oppose personal freedom, local control, and democracy.

    • Curious


  • De Blo

    Instead of driving alone in your own car, pick up an Uber passenger as a driver or ride with a neighbor as an Uber passenger. Reducing the use of gasoline is the best way to end fossil fuel dependency.

    • Curious

      Gore uses more fossil fuels every day than most cities in a month.

    • Another Mike

      This assumes that either you were planning to go where the Uber passenger wants to go, or the neighbor wants to go where you want. What this means is an unnecessary trip home, or time wasted to find another rider.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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