Set aside the details of today's unveiling of a revised deal that seeks to swap new, limited offshore oil drilling in exchange for early shutdown of larger drilling operations plus land protection... and here's the bottom line:
Is there anything in the new version of the much talked about project known as Tranquillon Ridge that will appease its critics?
And those critics fall in largely one of three categories: those who dislike the substance of the original proposal, those who worry about the symbolism of the first new oil drilling in state waters since 1969... and those who dislike both.
Few proposals have had as many twists and turns in 2009 as a plan to allow new oil drilling in waters less than three miles off the California coast. But even after serious setbacks, few expect the proposal to fade away anytime soon.
The proposal is known as Tranquillon Ridge, and it's the focus of my lengthy story that aired this morning on The California Report. You can listen by clicking below.