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Bill Clinton: We Just Might Have To Blow Up This Leaking Oil Well (VIDEO)

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To be sure, Clinton didn't advocate nuking the gusher, but he did say that you don't necessarily need a nuke to seal the well with explosives.

"What people want is to fix the leak," Clinton told CNN host Wolf Blitzer at the Fortune Global Forum in South Africa on Sunday. "Unless we send the Navy down deep, to blow up the well, and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris -- which may become necessary -- You don't have to use a nuclear weapon by the way, I've seen all that stuff, just blow it up -- unless we're going to that, we are dependent on the technical expertise of these people from BP."

Clinton said that blowing up the well is the only solution he knows of that's readily available to the government. Barring the use of explosives, Clinton said, the country is relying on BP to plug the leak.

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