Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was greeted by protesters as he arrived to speak in Santa Barbara on Monday.
An environmentalist group was protesting Zinke’s support of oil and gas drilling, but supporters say they want America to be energy independent.
"We want to stop depending on people like Saudi Arabia for our energy Iraq and Iran. These people are not friends of ours," Steve Thomas said.
They were outnumbered by a crowd that included the founder of the group Get Oil Out (GOO).
Zinke spoke to guests at private Reagan Ranch Center event, discussing his visit to the Channel Islands
"He went to Santa Cruz. He talked about his visit to Santa Cruz and parks in general,” Bobbi McGinnis said.
Zinke also discussed oil and gas during his visit.
"There will be drilling -- drilling on federal land, but it will be based on sound science if we manage our resources right,” Mike Stoker said.
The Sierra Club released a statement that says they are surprised he would then hold this event a block from the beach that was the site of the first major offshore oil spill in the U.S.