Coastal Commission on Trump's offshore drilling plan: Ain't gonna happen

New offshore drilling in California is economically infeasible, legally questionable and politically a nonstarter, but if there's any doubt the state's coastal waters could still be opened up to oil and gas interests, the Coastal Commission this week flexed its own authority and said no way.

In a packed meeting room in Cambria, the commission on Wednesday signed off on a letter urging the Trump administration to back away from some of the nation's most pristine coastlines.

"California depends on the international draw of its iconic beaches and ocean waters, and it is the Coastal Commission's mandate to protect this fragile and precious natural resource," the letter said. "We were outraged to learn that BOEM [Bureau of Ocean Energy Management] had recklessly threatened the health of California's coastal environment... by proposing to expand drilling off the coast."

More than $2 trillion of California's $2.35-trillion gross domestic product — the sixth largest economy in the world, the agency added — comes from coastal counties.

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