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Schwarzenegger Pulls Support for Offshore Oil Drilling

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    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses his proposed 2010-11 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. Schwarzenegger unveiled a $82.9 billion general fund spending plan that makes cuts to health and human services, welfare, prisons, transportation and environmental programs. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is withdrawing his support of a plan to expand oil drilling off the California coast, citing the environmental tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Speaking during a news conference Monday, Schwarzenegger said television images of the oil spill in the Gulf have changed his mind about the safety of ocean-based oil platforms.

    The Republican governor had proposed expanding oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara to help close the state's $20 billion budget deficit.