Desperately searching for ways to address his state’s budget woes, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has made an about-face, and is now calling for new offshore drilling along the state’s coastline.

After years of publicly opposing offshore drilling, Schwarzenegger is now seeking to open up the Tranquillon Ridge area off the Santa Barbara coastline for new offshore oil drilling. In January the California’s State Land Commission rejected a plan to open up the area for drilling by a 2 to 1 vote. Undaunted, Schwarzenegger now wants to bypass the Lands Commission and take the matter directly to the state legislature in Sacramento.

Must be nice to make up the rules as you go along…