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Apr 29, 2010 1:55 PM by Letitia Walker

Spill's Effect on Climate Bill

Obama administration officials say the Gulf

Coast oil rig spill will be considered in the expansion of offshore

drilling and will become part of the debate on climate change in

Congress.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the

cause, still not determined, could impact what areas the government

would open for future drilling.

But he also said that President Barack Obama remains committed

to a process that could open drilling in areas now off limits.

White House adviser Carol Browner said "obviously this will

become part of the debate" on climate change. The administration

has proposed expanded offshore oil and gas development, and hopes

it will attract some GOP votes on a climate bill.

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