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GOP bill could open up Sonoma coast to oil wells

The House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a Republican bill that seeks to double offshore oil production by 2027. Even if it clears the House, it is expected to stall in Senate, where Democrats are intent on ending tax breaks for profitable oil companies. One critic says the Republican goal is to inject oil drilling into next year’s election campaign. Should oil wells be allowed on the North Coast?

Woolsey tries again to ban oil drilling off North Coast

Rep. Lynn Woolsey renewed her push on Wednesday to expand two marine sanctuaries and permanently ban offshore oil drilling along the North Coast. Woolsey reintroduced her bill, which was thwarted late last year, on the first day of the 112th Congress. Does it have a chance with Republicans firmly in control of the House?

Obama’s offshore gamble

The Press Democrat’s Friday editorial says President Barack Obama is gambling on an offshore oil plan that doesn’t appear to satisfy either side in the debate. Read the editorial here, and let us know what you think.