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BP Oil Disaster: Hooray for Hollywood?

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Posted on June 18 2010 10:00 am

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President Obama’s address this week only continued to prove our government’s lack of interest in actually cleaning up the BP oil spill. Due to absence of government action, BP has had turned its attention to Hollywood (of all places) for answers. Luckily, there is someone with both the resources and the brains to do something about this environmental disaster.

I recently wrote a piece about how Kevin Costner has helped design a machine that will be able to clean oil out of water in a state of the art – as well as extremely effective – way. While Obama continues to fantasize about clean energy, while ignoring an actually existing problem, BP sought to solve the problem by purchasing 32 of Costner’s machines. Hopefully this will prove to our (often willfully) blind political leaders that you can only clean up such a big mess by taking bold action. 

Costner shared his concerns about the government’s abysmal response to the oil disaster when he testified before congress, saying:

It may seem like an unlikely scenario that I am the one delivering this technology at this moment in time, but from where I’m sitting, it is equally inconceivable that these machines are not already in place.

This is exactly what our government needs to hear. Where have innovations like this been in the last couple of years? We were aware of the dangers that accompany offshore drilling long before last April. This man-made disaster was avoidable, or its size could at least have been reduced. While the government controls offshore drilling, it shouldn’t surprise us that it is the private sector that pushes the hardest for a quick cleanup. Both BP and the U.S. Government should have been fighting over who could buy the most machines from Costner’s company months ago.

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