Schwarzenegger ends backing for offshore drilling project following Gulf spill

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has prompted California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to yank his support for new oil-and-gas drilling off his state’s southern coast.

Here’s the Sacramento Bee on Monday afternoon:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggerr withdrew his support Monday for a controversial new offshore oil drilling project off the Santa Barbara coast in the wake of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Republican governor for two straight years has pushed the Tranquillon Ridge project as a way to raise money for California's strapped budget. In his January plan, Schwarzenegger sought to raise $119 million in 2010-11 and $1.8 billion over 14 years by allowing a company to drill into California waters from an existing oil platform in federal territory.

"I think that first of all, it's clear that we have to make up that $100 million a year that we (would) make from that," he said. "But if I have a choice between the $100 million and what I see in the Gulf of Mexico, I'd rather just figure out how to make up for that $100 million."