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California seeks permanent ban on oil, gas prospecting

California Governor Jerry Brown has urged US President Barack Obama to ban oil and gas drilling off the state's coastCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has urged US President Barack Obama to ban oil and gas drilling off the state’s coast to protect the oceans and fight global warming. Moving swiftly before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Brown asked the government to use its authority to permanently remove federal waters off the coast of California from areas subject to future oil and gas drilling permits. “Clearly, large new oil and gas reserves would be inconsistent with our overriding imperative to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and combat the devastating impacts of climate change,” Brown wrote a letter released by his office.

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