State and Local Political Behavior
Since 1988 when oil drilling was halted in California, the issue of offshore oil drilling has not left the state political scene. Resumption of oil drilling has been politicized for more than two decades now and the issue has resurfaced again in the recent energy political battle between Democrats who are opposed to the offshore exploration of oil and gases and the Republican who have been calling for the immediate resumption of offshore oil drilling as a way of shifting American reliance on the important oil resource. Offshore drilling was stopped in the California offshore pervious carried out on 1.1 million acre lease.
California has for long taken measures to protect its environment with a higher rate of environment pollution compared to other states in the country. The current issue on whether to resume offshore drilling or not has also taken the same environmental turn. With President Bush having put in place efforts to widen the country source of energy, drilling in California forest and parks has also turned to a controversial issue. The public which had been opposed to the increased drilling activities is slowly shifting its alliance in wake of increased fuel and gas prices. With the state having put in place environmental regulations which are aimed at reducing the level of emission, it is likely that offshore drilling will turn out to be another heated political battle.