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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Oil Spill "Act of God"

First Rush Limbaugh says the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was "natural." Now Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling it an "act of God" -- a term usually reserved for such natural disasters as hurricanes and tornados.

Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Perry warned against stopping all off-shore drilling as a result of the oil rig blast and spill.

“We don’t know what the event that has allowed for this massive oil to be released,” Perry said on a panel of governors. “And until we know that, I hope we don’t see a knee-jerk reaction across this country that says we’re going to shut down drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, because the cost to this country will be staggering.”

Many liberal and environmental groups are calling for an immediate halt of all off-shore oil drilling. The Obama administration is not going that far. But it is reconsidering its recent decision to expand off-shore drilling in some areas.

Perry said that would be a mistake. “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented,” Perry said.

Perry and others say more off-shore drilling is necessary to secure the economic future of the nation.


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