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Apr 30, 2010 12:24 PM

Environmentalists call oil spill a "game changer"

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is raising questions about the risks of offshore drilling. And environmentalists are mobilizing around the issue, calling the disaster "a game changer."

It's too early to know the full impact of the spill, but a consultant to Defenders of Wildlife says he believes it will be "long-lasting ecologically and politically and will be
irreversible."  Presidential adviser David Axelrod says no new drilling will be authorized until officials know what happened in last week's oil rig explosion and the resulting spill.  President Barack Obama recently lifted a drilling moratorium for many offshore areas, including the Atlantic and Gulf areas.

A charter captain in Florida says this spill has changed his mind about drilling. One beachgoer, however, says offshore drilling is better than being dependent on foreign oil.

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