Trump's Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling Gets a California Hearing

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Surfers ride waves in front of an oil rig off Huntington Beach, California on July 31, 2015.  (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

On Thursday, the Trump administration will hold its only California public comment hearing on the proposal to vastly expand offshore oil drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the expansion is needed to cement America's energy independence. Environmentalists plan to protest at Thursday's hearing and state officials said Wednesday that they will block transportation of petroleum from any new rigs. We'll discuss the proposal and California's reaction.

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Steve Jones, spokesperson, Center for Biological Diversity