The first “flaming oil rig” award of 2010 goes to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his oil-for-parks budget scheme that proposes to fund California State Parks via a new lease for offshore drilling in Santa Barbara.

What makes this proposal so offensive is that it holds our state parks for ransom (more on that here), the presumption of approval at the State Lands Commission (despite being denied last year) and willingness to end run the State Land Commission in the event it gets denied there (the first two attempts failed).

Read the Surfrider Foundation’s opposition to the Gov’s oil-for-parks budget scheme here.

Read the strong reaction from others in the media here.

Here’s a rundown of the previous attempts to ram this proposal through:

Thursday, May 21, 2009:


Subverting State Lands Commission is Not The Answer

Friday, May 29, 2009:


Governor’s Oil Actions Threaten California Coastline


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Budget Conference Committee Doesn’t Consider Governor’s Scheme to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger Flip-Flops on Offshore Drilling in California

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sam Blaskeslee makes end run at State Land’s Commission denial of PXP. OPPOSE AB 1536

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AB 1536 FAIL

Stay tuned…