Clinton: Future drilling can't risk billions in clean-up
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the Gulf oil spill Friday, saying that any future offshore drilling "can't be done at the risk of having to spend billions of dollars cleaning up these spills."
In an interview with David Gregory set to air on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, she said, "the president has ordered the departments that deal with this -- Homeland Security, Interior, Environmental Protection, Defense -- to all immediately not only do everything possible to mitigate the effects of this spill, but to try to come up with recommendations going forward."
But, she continued: "The first order of business ... is to try to get this spill under control -- which has been, as you, know very difficult -- and to prevent further damage to the coastline along Louisiana, to the fishing waters, to the wildlife."
"I think it does raise questions which the president has said have to be answered," she said, describing offshore oil drilling as a matter of "national security" for its potential to lessen dependence on foreign oil.
"It has to be done safely. It can't be done at the risk of having to spend billions of dollars cleaning up these spills," she said.
April 30, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
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