Can We at Least Keep It in the Pipeline?

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Cartoon: two aging offshore oil drilling rigs, one with a sign that reads, "built circa 1980" as an oil slick spreads across the water. Caption reads, "fossil fuel fossils."

The massive oil spill in Southern California that's expected to keep beaches closed for months is connected to a company that owns offshore oil rigs and a pipeline built more than 40 years ago.

While California has banned new offshore oil drilling, oil rigs connected to the pipeline that leaked are in federal waters over 3 miles offshore.

Before we even factor in the myriad reasons to stop offshore oil exploration, the industry's track record with offshore oil production makes a pretty clear case for putting an end to this dirty and dangerous way of getting fossil fuels out of the ground.