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May 25, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 08:02 PM ET

Philippe Cousteau takes us under oil-slicked waters to see what's really happening in the Gulf. He'll share his shocking footage with you.  BP is preparing another attempt at stopping the flow of oil. The question is: What if the “Top Kill” technique doesn’t work?

The White House says this is the worst spill in U.S. History.  Is this environmental disaster becoming an even bigger political and economic disaster?

Actor Ted Danson, member of the board of the environmental organization Oceana, and Captain Keith Colburn from "Deadliest Catch" are among our guests.

We want to hear from YOU! Answer tonight’s question:

Is President Obama doing enough to stop the oil leak?

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Bob Greenwood   May 25th, 2010 8:52 pm ET

This oil spill is an incredible disaster. The unfortunate part is that hurricane season is also approaching. How and what would be the contingency plans for a hurricane in the Gulf taking this disaster far inland? No one seems to be discussing this very real possibility.


Dr Alan Cornford   May 25th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

A simple novel method exists for capping and stopping uncontrolled deep subsea oil or gas or oil and gas well discharge using a dry dock type of ballast barge with an in situ blowout preventer (BOP), a means of sealing off a contained volume around the well head the barge and the barge BOP, using marine cement to act as a sealant, use of an accurate navigation and positioning system and a remote controlled means of maintaining the orientation of the barge on subsea descent and a remote means of localized release of the cement at depth.

Larry this is not complex and easily accomplished in a few days!!!


jack   May 25th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Why is this not considered a felony crime of negligence against humanity? Has big money gifts enabled them to bypass proper regulation, as well as made them exempt from answering for this outrage?


Charles A. Bowsher   May 25th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Dearest Larry:
I am growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of transparency from BP on the ideas submitted to help stop the flow of oil in the Gulf. I have been trying for sometime now to get the "Deepwater Horizon Response " website and call center to post the submitted ideas so that the on-line community can pitch in and help instead of us (there are thousands of us) wasting our time sending in duplicate submissions, or submissions without merit. They have thousands to review, it seems to me that if they would let us, we could at least help them sort through the submissions.

Personally I think they are hoping the gusher will stop of its own accord, or that they are unwilling to use an idea that is not their property or origin.

Here follows my idea, perhaps it is to simple for them to understand. No one I have explained it to can find anything wrong with it. I need a "fluid dynamics" expert. Can you put me in touch with one?

I also sent this to Anderson Cooper today

Dear Anderson:
I have been trying to submit my idea for harnessing the ongoing spill but BP nor the government will listen. They are also refusing to make public the submitted suggestions thereby leading to countless duplications by dedicated souls such as myself. This is the largest environmental disaster of our lifetimes (I hope) and rather than solving the problem, everyone is worried about how it plays PR wise. In short, what I propose is that a large "straw" be constructed out 8-10 foot diameter culvert pipe. this is then lowered down over the leak. The "straw" has a flexible weighted collar that will seal around the leaking riser. Boats on the surface can then pump the rising oil to waiting tankers, barges and inflatable bladders for transport to onshore refineries.

Attached is the submission I sent to the joint task force. I am an independent inventor/creative who frankly can't stop thinking about solving this crisis. I don't want money, but I could use a little credit before I lose my home to foreclosure.
Thanks for listening. Tomorrow I go to my local university to quiz some engineering professors to see if my idea is feasible. I am having trouble connecting with anyone who is competent to shoot it down. Everyone I have presented it to are intelligent we just don't have a fluid dynamics background.

This was submitted to the joint task force oon Friday may 21 2010

Brief description of technology (200 words or less)
Please stop thinking of harnessing or stopping the pressure of the spewing oil and gas mixture. Let the pressure and flow assist you in the recovery of the oil and gas by directing its flow to the surface where recovery is simply a matter of pumping to waiting tankers, barges, and bladders. We have all seen these collapsible tubes/tunnels children crawl through or dogs run through in agility contests. They can be made to any length and nearly any diameter desired. The one I envision will be about five feet diameter, made of marine grade canvas or sailcloth, it could have an internal continual spiral of steel (similar to what is used as rebar in concrete columns) intermittently attached to cables which will be used to lower it into place over the leak in the riser pipe. I think the internal spiral is unnecessary. You apparently have three or more leaks so three or more will need to be constructed and deployed. Your pipe insertion method while useful to some extent is still not recovering anywhere near a majority of the spill let alone all of it as the method I proposed will. The bottom can be weighted with rubberized blasting mats.

Material list (100 words or less)
For each tube/tunnel you will need
-One (1)- 5280 foot long five foot diameter marine canvas or sailcloth tube
-Five (5) – 5,500 foot long steel cable 3/4" to 1" diameter
-Hundreds of connectors to keep the tube together down its length.
-Weighted flexible collar for the bottom of the tube so it sort of seals itself around the riser

Optional
-Six to Eight (6-8) miles of spiral (4'10" diameter) formed 1/2" to 3/4" rebar joined at intervals (only necessary of the tube/tunnel collapses, I don't think that will be a problem once this is put in place the tube will "fill itself")

Equipment (100 words or less)
Sewing machines to make the canvas/sailcloth tube and attach rings at intervals for the cable to pass through
Winches to let down the cable and tube
Ships to deploy this apparatus
Tankers for recovering the gas and oil.
Separator Pumps to recover the gas and oil as it comes to the surface
The amazing robots to direct and place the open end of the tube above the leak.

Expertise Required (100 words or less)
Mine of course, call me, seriously though all kidding aside I think if you are reading this idea please get it to someone who can make it happen. Somebody with an open mind who can visualize and accept that sometimes the simplest solutions are really the best.


martina   May 25th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

No Obama is not doing enough. He finally is going down to see for himself, hopefully he will see and not listen to the corrupted mineral dept.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

@ Jack because the government is in the oil company's back pocket .


steven   May 25th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

It dont matter how anyone feels about the whole oil spill, bp will have there way and what everyone forgets its all of us who will pay for all the money bp has lost when fuel go's up latter in the year!! And all these people wanting to sue for money, will make it wore when it come's time for us to fuel up!


sHERRY WESTON   May 25th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

WAS IT NOT DICK CHANEY THAT DEREGULATED THE OIL INDUSTRY?


Dave   May 25th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Please confirm whether the manufacturer of the chemical dispersant is or is not a BP current or former executive.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

America has to deal with the devil on this one James unless we have some one else with the stuff to fix this .


mike lisberg   May 25th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

how about takeing a defensive role buy collecting the spill at its source by putting a funnel on a sub to collect via a hose to a tanker???
we need the brave onesto try some thing stop sitting on thumbs!!!!! this is terriorsim just like the banks.....


Dan M   May 25th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Where is the Navy's DIP 3001 oil skimmer? I worked on those in the past and they are over 95% efficient. How come our Navy is not using the tools and the experience they have to at least help with the surface oil to lessen the impact


J D Sonice   May 25th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

This disaster belongs squarely in the Republican camp.

1. They let the oil companies and other support companies like Halliburton run wild without any oversight.
2. They want a small government so why are they demanding that something be done by the govt now?

My question is Who will go to jail now? I bet no one because the corrupt republican party will never let it happen.


Gretchen   May 25th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

I think that the President is not at fault in this mess.That started under Bush/Cheney with their policy with the oil industry.This is a disaster beyond what we all thought.I don't exactly understand the question,is President Obama doing enough? don't be ridiculous,what would you have him do.He's our president and he has done all that he can do to help thus far,except to go in the water to try to soak up this massive spill with his two hands.BP/Halaburton is the most responsible for this disaster.Stop trying to lay all burdens on this President.All of America will suffer from this spill this is not a katrina where as this happened in an instance and the government had over a week to plan for hurrican katrina to compare is foolish.


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

The Neptune ROV live streaming internet Gusher Camera appears to be showing a change for the worst. To bad the moderators here won't allow posting the link to that public access internet Spill Camera.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

James would make a good president .


brad   May 25th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

"oil, oil, everywhere, and not a drop to drink".....oh wait...yes there is.

There may be a way to stop the oil spill. Consider this.....build a very large screw. The engineers can figure the logistics...but it sort of makes sence. I hope it doesn't requier a molly bolt....but think about it. The screw should be a flat head. I'm pretty sure that the pressure at 5-6k ft. should be enough to seal it. Stop the spill...fill the hole...think about what we really should do next.

We have to be better stewards.


ADRIENNE LARGE "THE DIGITAL QUEEN"   May 25th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

I HAVE HAD THE SOLUTION FOR EATING UP THE OIL OFF THE GULF'S SHORES AND A SOLUTION FOR REHABING THE RESCUED MARINE LIFE. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET ANY REAL RESPONSE FROM ANYONE WHO IS SUPPOSEDLY IN CHARGE OF THIS CLEAN-UP. AND THAT IS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, SENATORS, EPA, BP'S HORIZON CALL CENTER, NEWS MEDIA, ENVIRONMENTAL BOARD MEMBERS, AMBASSADOR'S ETC.. MY PRODUCT IS ALL-NATURAL AND ORGANIC MICROBES THAT MULTIPLY INTO THE BILLIONS IN A 24 HR PERIOD AND CAN EAT THE TOXINS OUT THE WATER AND SOIL AND LEAVE PERFECT SOIL OR WATER ALL NATURALLY. THIS IS RIDICULOUS.


john doe   May 25th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Larry GET WELL!!! WE don't hate anyone!!! We hate what's happen!!! WHY has this gone on for 36 days!!! You tell him to rip there "LYING BUTT'S" out!!! We have NASA!!! USA is the way!!!


connie stromer   May 25th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Big deal.,..Pres. Obama is in San Francisco tonight on a political event, and then he will visit the gulf oil spil. Prioity???


G.S.   May 25th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I've been listening to the newscasts, to the spin, to the nonsense people have been saying about all of this. Everyone is dancing around the reality. BP has just destroyed the Gulf of Mexico. Life, as we who have lived on or near the Gulf our entire lives, is over as we know it. The Gulf will NEVER be the same in our life times, possibly in several life times. The states that depend on the Gulf for most or a great deal of their economy, are teetering on disaster. It isn't a matter of IF, but a matter of WHEN the oil will get to use. Louisiana is only the first state.. Texas might survive it as it is a small portion of their economy, but Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, and even Alabama are going to feel this like a sucker punch in the gut. Florida will die. When is someone going to really address the disaster that looms, that will come, not in years, but in months and it will last for years, certainly decades, possibly centuries. We know less about 5000 feet down than we know about 5000 light-years away. They don't KNOW how to fix this, and even the best and the brightest are clueless about what the final outcome of all of this is going to be. All we can do is watch in horror while our lives are destroyed. There is no "fixing" it.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I wouldnt hold my breath on the releafe well .


Martin Junk   May 25th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I'm sick with grief seeing the Gulf being destroyed by this disaster. When is BP and the Government going to start responding to this like a house on fire... so far the response to this has been lethargic.... kick the idiots at BP out of the way and lock up those responsible for this disaster... This is an Catastrophic Disaster...

What the hell are they thinking about....

When are we going to get angry and kick the asses that need kicking. Waiting until tomorrow to do everything possible is too late.

Bring in a dozen super tankers and start sucking up all the ocean water and oil as it hits the surface and seperate the oil form the water...

The idiots at BP have totally screw up. Fire thier asses now.


Chris Junker   May 25th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

The oil spill in the gulf and what can be done.

The solution may be to weld extension piping to the leak, and expand the piping in diameter taking the pressure off the well. Eventually above ground, it can pumped into holding ships and eventually valved off.

A collar is welded to the existing piping down stream of the leak. A larger diameter pipe is then installed around the leaking piping (at least 20 to 40 ft. for pressure conditions) with another attached ring, and then another larger diameter pipe is installed. Like a telescope effect. It will slow down the spill and eventually the piping can be extended above the surface of the water with an attached valve, where it could fill holding ships until it is valved off.


Leslie Johnson   May 25th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

If BP cannot make this blowout in the Gulf of Mexico safe, what guarantee is there that wells drilled in shallower waters would not pose the same threat?


Tom   May 25th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Florida has not yet felt the effects of the spill. However, about 1 hr ago I was walking along Tampa Bay in downtown St. Petersburg and saw chunks of black floating in the water along the sea wall. Could this possibly be from the spill?

I don't think the government realizes what an economic disaster this spill will cause to this region. Otherwise, perhaps they would be doing more to solve the problem.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

I cant beleave people still blaming present day stuff on Bush my god get a life .


Linda in Arizona   May 25th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

James Carville, right ON! Obama has been a cipher (zero). There has been NO leadership from this WH. NONE. He should FIRE ALLEN. He's going to work for BP when he retires.He's a BP shill. This is an act of foreign terrorism. Bring in every human being we have to help with the clean up. Stop letting this corporate criminal entity tell the EPA lies. Dispersants only hide the oil and sink it to the bottom where it will kill the plankton and doom the entire food chain.This "Top Kill" BS is also going to fail, and they KNOW it, which is why they want to take the camera down. It could make the gushing flow WORSE. What are the statistics on the chances it will make it worse? Nobody tells us that. MAKE BP COLLAPSE THE WELL. They don't want to do it because they don't want to lose the OIL! They don't mind destroying the Gulf though. It's NOTHING to them!!!


Dustin   May 25th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

As if oil isn't toxic enough, so BP adds more toxins to hide the black slick . Now that makes sense! Thanks for posioning the gulf


RickFromDetroit   May 25th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

20 million barrels of crude used by the US every day is over 20% of the crude used by the world every day. The US accounts for 4% of the world population. I think we need to get our over consumption under control so we do not need so much oil.
Next fall the 2012 model cars hit the dealer lots. Lets see how close to the new fuel economy standards of 36 MPG we get.


ronm   May 25th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

We need John Wayne to stop this oil well leak now he is the best


Martin Junk   May 25th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

James Carville we need more men like you... Let get this industry cleaned up... I have no doubt a lot of what's happening now is the result of Bush and his oil buddies...


mike and abbey pfau   May 25th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Definitely no!! President Obama should be the head of cleaning this geyser up. One question the American people should be asking is "What rig are they going to fill up?" The live feed of the Oil does not show any structure on the top of the leak. Why can't BP just hire the fisherman to help clean up the oil? Then they would be giving them work instead of a hand out. If the people of the coastal states have ways to clean this up, they should be able to go ahead and try. The government and BP have shown that this is over their head. Clean It UP!!!!!


stephanie   May 25th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

martina: Bill one of the heads of a Louisianna who is pushing the building of sand barricades was on Campbell Brown. he had a two hour meeting with Pres Obama when he made his first visit.

His summation : he really cares and listened; he made the coast guard immediately adopt a plan the parish leader was trying to get bp to do and phoned the next day to see that it had been implemented.

the same man stated he looked forward to the President's visit and that he know he will get things done. This is a man who has been on bp's case and is furious yet he has faith in the President.


Donna Green   May 25th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

The government doesn't have the expertise to fix the leak, they did and do have responsibility to lead ...the clean up and regulation prior to this spill. The fact that the government allowed them to drill with out back up to fix this type of spill already in place is outrageous. They never should have been allowed to 'disperse' i.e. further poison the gulf, and complicate the clean up to begin with. It should have been left on surface where it could be seen and dealt with with skimmers, burning, scooping, blocking. We certainly havn't seen pictures of fleets of boats being coordinated to clean this up. At leastr try! And I do blame the government as much as BP for this tragedy. The level of denial and passing the buck is outrageous. I'm not against drilling, I am against drilling beyond expertise to clean up mistakes. They are equally to blame. Obama needs to stop being a community agitator and be a leader for the good of the country. Man up!


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

@ ronm I beleave John Wayne is retired .


Barreto   May 25th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Incredible! The government has to take action and solve this now, it's time to take leadership, don't let the one's who created this problem deal with it, they are not to be trusted. What would the US said if it this would have happen in one of the Venezuela drilling? We should be ashamed.


rosemary   May 25th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Halliburton sabotaged this job..why isn't anyone investigating this..cheney's behind this..seems obvious..he's been pretty quiet lately


Ruth   May 25th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Doesn't hurricane season start June 1?


Simon   May 25th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

In my opinion, yes. This is a mess created by the corporate scums of BP. Their greed prevented them from seeing the dangers of drilling more than a mile deeper than they have ever drilled before or even thinking and having a plan B before going through with it. It is time to start holding these corporate thieves responsible for their actions rather than running to the Feds everytime.

If a thief promised a judge that he would never steal another car stereo again, and demanded his release under "the honor system," the judge would rightfully laugh at the thief's audaciousness. Then the judge would sentence the thief according to the law. Unfortunately, in America, that system of law only works for criminals like the petty thief.


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

IF huge undersea Craters venting, gushing heavy crude Oil from the Mercado Oil field is accurate and that is precisely what appeared to be the case earlier today when the Neptune ROV internet Gusher Cam panned over, top killing the riser and exploratory drill casing wouldn't close nor seal those Craters.

The only way to even approach dealing with those out-take Craters would be one or more relief wells drilled into the Mercado Oil field to pull off the overpressure blasting out Oil from those huge craters in the seabed and then dump huge amounts of cement along with several prayers that can seal them completely.

If the top-kill does work as advertised, the only crude Oil venting is going to be out of those Craters which the ROV's cameras would certainly see, provided the 'public' is allowed to see live streaming video AFTER the top-kill takes place and the ROV's pan the failed exploratory well site.


Peter - Toronto - Canada   May 25th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Hey Guys,

BP is a bad group...why haven't you aired AC's reel of BP in Africa where they left the oil pipe gushing for weeks on end. Have been watching a lot of CNN & haven't seen it!!

Keep them Honest !!!

Peter


J. McCormick   May 25th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Obama needs to step up and take control of this situation. They need oversight right now and criminal charges should be laid.


Logan   May 25th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Just what are they planning to do with the oil that is cleaned up? Are we going to let them take it back to the stills, refine it and sell it back to us? Any profit BP gets from this thing should go right into the communities this will destroy, and / or the refined product should go into the strategic reserves.


Shatoya   May 25th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

What in world do people want the President to do?! The man can't suck up the oil himself!! He didn't drill, he didn't start this. He is trying to do something about it...but what all do you want him to do?! This is going to take some time but at least he is trying to do something about it. If some of you have a better idea, then get out there and do it or suggest it! Be mad at BP not the President! Sitting around blaming each other is not going to solve the problem!


jesse   May 25th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

It seems that BP is flying by the seat of their pants when it comes to this spill. Why were there no plans laid out and tested prior to any drill bits hitting the ocean floor? Its comparable to building a fire truck after the fire has already started. The fact that almost a month later they are starting The Top Kill plan is insane, that Top Hat should have hit the water the minute that rig went under.


stephanie   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

James Carvile doesn't know what is going on behind the scenes and is at odds with every expert I have heard speak of this. He is too emotionally involved in this to offer an objective point of view.

The best minds internationally and all the oil companies as well as experts across the gov't are working on this tragedy and Carville has no idea what is gpoing on.


Dodie   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Because it is an oil 'geyser', that means there is more pressure in the oil field below the sea bottom than at the bottom of the sea. Possibly covering the entire area with tons of pulverized rock? We need to equalize the pressure.


faith Whitehead   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

I agree with James Carville 100%.....Grand Jury. Hold these jerks responsible for the devastation they have wrought upon us and our environmnet. Shut down their other wells in our waters. Make them bring on unlimited super tankers to suck up the oil. Stop the contaniments. Where are Haliburtan, and Trans Atlantic.?This situation makes me SICK! Where is freakin Obama. This is HEARTBREAKING.


Richard   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Enough is enough already! Leaving British Petroleum in charge of all operations will make the Bush Administration respose to Hurricane Katrina exemplary.

Let British Petroleum along with the best engineers and scentists mitigate the capping of the well.

Assign the Department of Interior and Coast Guard with the task of mitigating the spilled oil in and on the water.

Assign the Department of Interior and affected States with the task of mitigating oil encroaching the wetlands and beaches.

The Federal Government should provide funding to enable mitigation of spilled oil to the Coast Guard and affected States.


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Dispersants do not change the fact that many petrol-chemicals contained in crude Oil are carcinogenic, toxic, and poisonous to consume.

Lipstick on a pig is telling people dispersed Crude Oil is harmless.

You eat the fish that are themselves dieing from exposure to dispersed Crude Oil and you'll be taking those carcinogenic, toxic, poisons into your body.

Still confused Anderson Cooper?


Emmett   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Ask the man from Shell – what about the folly of the letting Shell having being allowed to drill in the last wild place the Arctic. What happens if the same thing happens in the Arctic. Stop their plan to drill 2 wells now and wait until we under stand not only how the stop it till how well the clean up goes and if this gets into the world currents


Martin Junk   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

This disaster makes me cringe and I just don’t know why the rage isn’t widespread. This isn’t an accident this is a crime of the highest order. It’s not like these guys just started drilling for oil yesterday. It amazes me that BP (and the government) don’t have worst case scenario plans in place but when you listen to Tony Hayward it’s like this is insignificant and will remain so. Perhaps if Mr Hayward’s house was covered in insignificant he would understand what’s going to happen in the Gulf for years to come. Where’s the rage!? One drop is too much and this is infinitely worse.

Just wait for this kind of accident in the Arctic and we're all doomed.


E.M.   May 25th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Perhaps John Hofmeister (former president of Shell Oil) should get off his high horse as though Shell doesn't have issues to hide. When I worked for Shell offshore, I was on a platform that had a gas well blow-out during drilling and (a few months later) a fire broke out in the generator room. I was so lucky to escape injury – or worse.


Jason Wilson   May 25th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

I think that the president is doing what he can however I think that a grassroots effort is better than having BP taking the lead on cleaning up the oil spill. There are many local companies that are willing to help get this wonderful natural resource get back to normal. We need to get the word out to our congressmen and women.


linda   May 25th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Larry, Does anyone remember that the former president was "an oil man" and was no doubt on the oil company's side...less regulation and "drill baby drill." I'll tired of people blaming the current administration, for the "less regulation" attitudes of the former administration. (banks, wall street, big company's, tax breaks for the very rich)


stephanie   May 25th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Linda: Even the guy on the panel from Shell says "collapsing the well" won't work and would make the hole larger.


Mark Borsenik   May 25th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

BP messed up.The Oil rig owners messed up. Deaths were preventable but someone had to die before the industry makes it changes


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

People dont get it why those chemicals are sitting in Texas unused it's because of the hotels and resort's and the chance of the oil reaching Texas there saving those chemicals for the Texas shores .


Glen   May 25th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

As a 28 year (now retired) Environmental Inspector I am appalled at the news of MMS inspectors/regulators in "bed" with BP staff and the corrupt perks and behaviors that are said to have occurred. In all my career I would not accept even a cup of coffee from an industry I was inspecting/regulating.

Shame on you people.

Don't hold back any punches James C.


Brad   May 25th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Regarding the oil spill in the gulf. There is enough shame to go around. We need to stop the bleeding.

Consider this....a very large screw inserted in the hole(s). Let the engineers do the logistics. A screw makes sence, in many ways, because in construction into hard surfaces...sometimes you drill a sink hole before you do the screw. Hopefuly, the screw holds....but let's not hope that it requiers a "molly bolt"{;o)

It should be a flathead screw so that we can apply pressure on top of it to stop the leak. I do believe that 5-6k feet of ocean water should be sufficient...but if not we can add sediment, concrete, golf balls, and tires.

We should all be ashamed but let us stop it.


Chaney, La.   May 25th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

The ramifications of this disaster just cant be measured, and the sad part is it will be years before we know. There is simply not enough money to .....fix...... everything. There may be dead zones in the Gulf for decades, all the millions of people who depend on this thriving eco system for their livlihoods......


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

This was no accident this was reckless management .


oily   May 25th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Am I the only person who knows that BP COULD HAVE PLUGGED THE LEAK WEEKS AGO but they dragged their feet to try to save the oil! And like it or not, Obama IS at fault for not kicking BP out initially and plugging the hole right away. O is in Big Oil's pocket like all the rest....


Gretchen   May 25th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

@michael,blame is right.The Bush administration deregulations are the cause.Did you know that none of the safety features on the rig was not working.Did you know that because of the Bush?Cheney derugulation the oil industry could out-source on the cheap.I disagreed with President Obama when he said that we should do more off-shore drilling,but the facts are the facts.Check them out.


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

This is the 3 Mile Island for Big Oil. It is past time to turn the page on inefficient internal combustion engines (14% efficient) and switch nearly entirely over to electrical motors (90% efficient) for all mass transportation in America. Phase out Gasoline and Diesel entirely.

American's need to say hell no to Republican's cozy relationship with Big Oil and their special interests that have created this toxic morass.


Mark Borsenik   May 25th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

About Obama & his part of the cleanup help? He's doing just fine; but they need more experts outside from the same industry that created the problems inside!! In other words; oil company's yes. Oil rig experts, yes. The same company(s) that created the problems. NO!!


mark   May 25th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

No, The President has done nothing but run his mouth and point fingers.He is a do nothing President, always has been and always will be. The radical liberal extremists will try to pin this on President Bush like they do everything else that goes wrong in this country.


c auger   May 25th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

No, I don't think Obama is doing enough. This is day 36 of this disaster.
They need to push for more clean up efforts.. wildlife is dead/dying and the area is on the brink of economic collapse!


Janice Craumer   May 25th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

How can President Obama do any more than the experts? Maybe Sarah Palin can, she seems to have an answer for everything.


Dr. Robert Bourque   May 25th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Let us hope that this tragic Gulf oil spill is the final nail in the coffin for the Age of Petroleum. We need another liquid fuel for transportation. And we have one – not ethanol – but methanol.

Ethanol requires the high starch or sugar levels found in foods like corn, which should remain as food. It also requires a lot of energy to make. But methanol, also called "wood alcohol", can be made from any plant material, without exception, including wood scraps, low-grade timber, switchgrass, miscanthus, agricultural wastes, seaweed, algae, old newspapers, garbage, and even sewage. There is enough of all that to supply much of our liquid fuel needs as methanol. And this diverse resource supply would encourage small businesses to develop rather than huge oil cartels.

The energy needed to make it is reasonable. If derived from plants it is nearly carbon neutral. The processes required are more environmentally-friendly than in petroleum refineries. It can be blended with gasoline to reduce or eliminate the need for imported oil and offshore drilling.

It readily dissolves in water rather than float on the surface like petroleum. Therefore spills in water bodies are rapidly dispersed. It evaporates and oxidizes, or is washed out of the atmosphere by rain and consumed by ground bacteria. Unlike petroleum, spills leave no noxious residue. Power boats using methanol will not leave the sheen commonly seen on many lakes and waterways. Its tailpipe emissions, including carbon dioxide, are less than gasoline.

Its safety and toxicity are comparable to or better than gasoline. The human body naturally contains a small amount of it. Unlike gasoline, plain water can extinguish methanol fires; and it is less flammable. Unlike gasoline, there is a ready antidote for methanol poisoning: ethanol (as in vodka). Methanol has been used in race cars for years, and methods for avoiding vapor inhalation during refueling are well-developed.

It does have a lower energy content than gasoline; but it is good enough and its cost per unit of useful energy is less than gasoline. It would cost only a few hundred dollars to convert cars to run on any mix of methanol, ethanol, and gasoline.

Numerous government and private studies have shown that methanol is indeed a viable replacement for petroleum as a liquid fuel (Google "methanol fuel" for more information). So let's just get on with it. The only thing holding us back from creating a methanol infrastructure is the substantial lobbying of the oil and corn industries.

Robert F. Bourque, Ph.D., P.E.


carolyn   May 25th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Obama needs to push all efforts to clean up the spill immediately! This is day 36 and it's very obvious that BP has misled him and his team. The white house needs to take charge and provide as much assistance as quickly as possible to clean up the Gulf. What happened to the idea the Shell exec had earlier on the show about the Super Tankers siphoning up the oil?


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

What about the missing support from the missing oil whats going to hold up the ocean floor or keep fishers from being created .


ronm   May 25th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I have an idea
make a union that that swing and lock around the circumference of the pipe below the leak equip the union with a swivel dril and expandable plug and with robotic arms perform the exercise


Scott   May 25th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

I do not understand all the comotion from the Republicans on the oil leak issue.

Aren't they the ones that want less government involvement in private business?

Certainly there are many tragic inplications re: the Leak, however, the oil companies should remain in the lead with government bi-partisian partnership. Bi-partisian.

The leak is the result of policies and procedures NOT being followed. That is the problem.


jack   May 25th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Why don't we spend tax money on a good shuttle bus system. It would cut oil dependency, as well as ease the heavy congestion on the highways. Think of all the vehicles crowding the highways going into and out of big cities each day. I suspect the real reason is that if we cut oil buying, the corporations would not like it. We have bought into the dangerous myth that what is good for big business is good for America for too long. After they have gained vast power , what have they done? They have gained an inordinate share of the wealth, evaded taxes and outsourced jobs. We need buisness but we need real regulation as well. Stop the revolving door of government workers into private lobby positions. Support lobby reform.


Shirley Wabeke   May 25th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Okay, we know that BP has an interest in the dispersant that is being used. My question is why in God's name is the government allowing it to be used at all? Shouldn't we be trying to contain the spill? duh!!! The dispersant is a chemical toxin to us all. The government is allowing it to be spread. It will eventually work it's way where ever the oil does. Is this Obamas' Katrina? Heck no it is way worse than that! As far as I am concerned the entire goverment should be ashamed of themselves for letting this biggest environmental disaster to perpetuate week after week. Especially since the solutionj of the tankers which were used in Saudi Arabia is right there ready and it works. HOW STUPID CAN WE BE???? And nobody is up in arms about it. Even you Larry. You should be outraged! As should the rest of the media


Karen Green   May 25th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

The president is doing what he can. I have done so much reading about the oil spill and frankly it seems that no one really knows what will work.

Democrats have tried on 3 separate occasions to raise the cap on BP's financial responsibility and 3 times the Republicans have stopped the bill from beingpassed.


William S Drahoff   May 25th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Hi Larry

From a concerned Coquitlam, British Columbia resident.

Where is Mr. T Bone Pickens in all this mess?? I would
greatly appreciate his input to this Gulf of Mexico disaster.
He seems to me to be very honorable. Maybe he would
be a good candidate to take charge of this situation.

Sincerely,

Bill Drahoff


Earl Muise   May 25th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Maybe I'm not educated in the oil industry sciences as the professionals are, but I do see what happens when dish liquid hits oil in my sink. Now I realize my sink is not the ocean, but why are we not using dish liquid to break up the oil instead of the deadly chemicals they are now using? Dish liquid is much easier on our environment that the chemical separators they are now using.
The suds created by the dish liquid would also help contain whets on the surface, making it a little easier for us to control. Whet really going on here is this situation being left the way it is until it’s too late. Seems like the power at be is letting this fester, we all know this is not the first time we have experienced an oil spill. We have learned a lot from past experiences, why is this being deemed as a new crisis for us. The spill it's self seems to be just the cover of what’s really going on here.
Thanks for reading!


Mike   May 25th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

With all this talk about the oil rig explosion and the damage it is causing, has anyone answered the question of how the explosion happened to begin with?


Melissa Stone   May 25th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

This is disgusting, this company was warned to fix this problem, and they chose to ignore the warnings. These people need to be held accountable and sent to jail for this environmental disaster.
To think that oil is spilling into the Gulf for this long is inconceivable and to think that they didn't have a plan before they even started driilling is unbelievable. I also hold our government responsible for not over-seeing these companies that are drilling in our precious oceans. This has to stop.


elsie depestre   May 25th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Though my heart breaks for the animals that are dying every day from this horrible disaster, which I pray will end soon, and also that the people that are responsible will be prosecuted, my comment is: what would happen if we have a hurricane? To my knowledge hurricane season is around the corner. Won't the water that's being carried by the storm, which usually starts from or on the ocean, have the residue of the gas leak and won't it be brought on land and dropped everywhere? Won't it turn out to be a land issue as well as the water pollution we're dealing with now? What about fires? If particles of gas are being distributed from this, won't we have an even bigger problem?


Gerry MacLennan   May 25th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Larry, ask the question if they think this is going to work, then why wasn't it the first choice.


lyda   May 25th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

LARRY- HAVE THE SCIENTIST CONSIDERED USING GRAIN TO STOP THE OIL SPILL? IF ONLY TEMPORARILY. A SECOND SUGGESTION IS A SLANTED WELL.


RickFromDetroit   May 25th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Pres. Obama took partial control of the oil problems with his green energy policies. The Congress has been passing energy bills for thirty five years, but has never enforced them due to the American consumers thirst for oil. We are all to blame for this mess due to our over consumption of oil.
My guess is that once the oil spill is behind us, we will continue our policies as usual until we have another spill or energy crisis, and then we will blame everyone on the planet for the mess we keep getting ourselves in.


Gayle Williams   May 25th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Now , More than ever, is the time to bring back the electric cars!!!!!!! We know that they are a better alternative but the Government killed the electric cars. (Not to mention that the car manufacturers didn't like them because their is virtually no maintenance on electric cars thus reducing their money makers to perform service and oil changes! ELECTRC CARS ARE THE ANSWER!!!!!!


Mary   May 25th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

what makes ted danson an authority? He seems out of place among the experts.


Dodie   May 25th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

If this new strategy does not work, we need to bury the entire area in a mountain of pulverized rock?

We need to equalize the pressure. Cement erodes with continued contact with water.


T A Ingram   May 25th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I live in Mobile, Al and work in Pascagoula, MS. I have been watching the show and news concerning the oil spill/"clean-up".

In my opinion, I feel the federal government NEEDS to oversee this, so-called, clean up! The EPA has told BP not to use the chemical dispersant, yet they continue to do so! STOP using this dangerous chemical! Let the EPA take over. Stop additional drilling, at least until this catastrophe has passed. Hold BP ENTIRELY responsible, if it bankrupts them, so be it. As consumers, I feel that we, as RESPONSIBLE Americans, should boycott BP. Afterall, if you REALLY want to 'make them pay' for their 'crime' you hit them where it counts, THEIR wallets!!


Mike   May 25th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I did vote for President Obama. I also believe that he isn't getting his act together on national crisis. I think that he should look at some of his top administration officials, and let heads roll. Get your act together, or you will not have my vote in 2012. I didn't like President Bush, but at least he was on top of crisis more than Obama is. Christmas Day terrorist attack was poorly handled.


Chris Clark   May 25th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

I used to sell oil dispersants in the 1980's while working with family members of RED ADAIR–the famous oilwell blowout expert.
We had an EPA approved product called Cold Clean that was NON TOXIC, one of the few, if not the only one of its kind.
I am shocked that COREXIT is being allowed for use on this spill.
Back then ('80's) COREXIT was toxic and petroleum based...perhaps modified now–but still toxic. It was made by Exxon–not sure who makes it now.
You could bathe in Cold Clean (even drink it!) and it was used successfully on the world's largest spills–it is a water based product.
COLD CLEAN is what is needed for this spill–it breaks the oi into small droplets in the water column and allows natural bacteria to consume and degrade the petroleum in an expeditious manner.
Sadly both Mr. Adairs have passed on and the formula for Cold Clean is only known by Red's nephew who lives in Dallas I believe. There are perhaps a couple of others who may know the formula as well.
It is no longer made as far as I know, but could easily and quickly be made close to the Louisiana site (in large volumes) where the clean up is being managed.
It could be sprayed on the animals and the marsh (with lots of water as it dilutes beautifully) to diminish and eliminate the oil in a safe manner.
I used to sell this product to Haz-Mat teams around the USA as it suppressed oil and gas spills from becoming flammable on land when sprayed on these substances–typically road spills.
It was an incredible product and it is ideal for this horrible mess in the Gulf.
COREXIT is NOT the answer and that Latex sludge is proof. The EPA should NEVER have allowed this product to be used in the Gulf. It is like pouring Turpentine on Oil as far as I am concerned.
Hopefully this message might have some impact on those close to this crisis–there is still time to approach this in a safe and effective manner without increasing the toxicity as is the current case.


Connie   May 25th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

I think BP needs to get TAMPAX involved. They've stopped the flow for women everyday! I'm serious...


Alice de Schweinitz   May 25th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I am truly disappointed that you broke away from a show about something as meaningful as the Gulf Oil Spill to mention the death of Michael Jackson, which was a very meaningless moment in history. When a drug addict gets attention during a historic event which many destroy our planet, there is something very wrong. Couldn't you have saved that clip for a less meaningful show?


Dr. Wayne Spiggle   May 25th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I admire Ted Danson but he is wrong about solar and wind being the answer. I hate to hear him being a false profit.

Solar and industrial wind are so expensive and so inefficient there is no chance they can replace our dependance on fossil fuel, an imperative.

Please, Ted and CNN, take a deep breath and take another look at new generation Nuclear. We have to get over our collective fear about nuclear. It is the only way to wean ourselves from fossil fuel.

Wayne Spiggle, M.D. , West Virginia


Luis   May 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

BP is a joke, they have attempted I don't know how many other situations that they have tried and they give these acts ridiculous names such as 'top hat' and now 'something kill. The only thing they are killing are innocent species that should not be faced with such events caused by mankind. Not only blaming BP but the finger should be pointed to every single one of us for being so dependent on oil. This should open the eyes to everyone and realize the danger that could arise for onshore drill. Thanks.


Dodie   May 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

@ jack

The shuttle bus system is an excellent idea. We really need to drop our dependence on oil including our military


Hannelore D   May 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Obama has done all he could from the very beginning!
I live in LA: the ecology along the shores is so fragile and already has been endangered for a very long time, great caution has to be exercised in any clean-up effort and Obama has been and is weighing all options there are out there!!!


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Republican Lawmakers poisoned Americans with 7 Million tons of LEAD when they ordered Lead to be added to Gasoline (1923-1976) instead of Ethanol (grain alcohol). How many Trillions of dollars in inflated amounts did that cost American taxpayers footing the health bill on that toxic morass?


Linda in Arizona   May 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

stephanie: Why would I believe someone from Shell Oil?


kimg   May 25th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

I think this not the president handling. And there is not much he can do to stop this issue at all. Also, its interesting the things we want the government to handle when its good for the media to report however some things are referred to as big govt those things they could possibly help others. Anything to report on the news to grade the president or the govt this what you want to report. Your poll numbers are answered by a small group of people which doesn't mean much to th millions of other Americans.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 25th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

No one can make this right only time can make this right .


Les Bowles   May 25th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Mr. Dansen's comments are great but who is going to stop the Russians and the Chinese from drilling...as they have announced they are going to do...in the same international Gulf of Mexico waters?

Who is going to regulate them and who is going to clean up their mess, should it happen? Not should...when.


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Dodie a fellow active and very informed CNN Blogger here already explained by BP was using a known toxic crude Oil dispersant that was banned in the UK. A former BP executive heads the company that produces it, go figure!


Emmett   May 25th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

BP is al so the company who aquired the Brooke Range – and are sucking up this last of what is left. There was suppose to be a controlled so it wouldn't became an enviormental disater to the frafile perma frost. To squeeze the last of the oil out they have drilled 4,500 and not only has it destroyed the entire area it looks like a junk yard. What is BP going to do about this. Please have someone mention this on the program and
also stop Shell from drilling until arctic sea which was protected until it was over ruled by the government and the President. There is only 9 months of oil to sustain the US. Come on bring up njow


Captain Farrel Charpentier   May 25th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

i've just heard the capt. from the Time Bandit, Cousteau and Ted Dansen who i think is a very funny guy by the way,on your program, but what he's missing when he mention Wind Energy is that Cape Wind has been trying to build a wind farm in Cape Cod and the people there have been fighting them tooth and nail for nearly 10 years... its the old "we don't want oil and gas" but don't build the windfarm in our back yard, build it somewhere else. Being a boat capt. myself, last time i look the engines.like capt. Keith's on the Bandit runs on Diesel fuel, not electricity, or with wind turbines. We "ALL" need oil and gas, even TED. the jets he flys in, run on fuel from oil. i have no problem with anyone not wating energy from oil or gas, but only that they pay more to keep the warm in the winter and and at the pump. Best Regards Capt. Farrel Charpentier


Dodie   May 25th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Your answer why!

Why is BP using Nalco’s Corexit, which is highly toxic to both humans and wildlife?
Corexit’s manufacturer, Nalco Holding Company is owned by the Blackstone Group which is a huge investment conglomerate.

Rodney F. Chase, was a former 11-year board member of BP. Rodney F. Chase and Richard B. Marchese are the current named Directors of Nalco Holding Company.

There is your connection between BP and Corexit, the toxic dispersant used!


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Some 70-90% of America's wetlands are in Louisiana. After this crude Oil coats them, they'll turn into wastelands for decades leading to a large important ecosystem collapse.


RickFromDetroit   May 25th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Mass transit will not work in the majority of the US because of the single family dwellings that are scattered all over the suburban and rural areas of this country. Mass transit is only effective in the crowded cities where the buildings are multi-story and close together. Since the auto is the only effective means of transportation in the US, we must target fuel economy to keep our oil consumption down.


Martin Junk   May 25th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

BP has refusing to stop using the toxic dispersant that they were told to stop is outrageous Why has the EPA just sitting back and letting BP dictate what their going to do. Arrest someone at BP and lock them up...


stephanie   May 25th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Mark: All of the oil companies have sent their experts and are working with bp and the gov't officials. they have to come up with strategies to stop a spill like this as there have been moratoriums place all over the world as gpv't and people watch what is happening.


Susan   May 25th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Should we not be concerned about the long term contamination by the toxins in the dispersants (not to mention the diffused oil) as they are absorbed by the atmosphere and spread by wind and rain (let alone by a few hurricanes) over large areas of the south eastern United States? The possibility of contamination to our crops and water table is devatating to millions of people, not just the coastal residents.


margaret   May 25th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Why can't they use a synthetic fiber fill type material to drag through the water to catch alot of the oil? It's used in fish tanks for filtration.


Doug   May 25th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Since Britan has banned the dispersants that BP is illegally using,could this be a way of dumping and financially gaining from using this elsewhere unwanted chemical. Our prayers and wishes go to the people of Lousiana etc. from Canada


Ara   May 25th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

It is a travesty and criminal that the OBAMA administration has not responded to the pleading phone calls and contacts of the Governor of Louisiana to speak with him in regards to what the Federal government can do to help stop the oil spill and damage; the oil spill will destroy our nations's economy to a worse condition than we are currently in. Is OBAMA trying to destroy this country? Why doesn't he want to speak with the Governor of Arizona over the immigration issue? He was so ready to put off his vacation to pass the health bill which the majority of Americans don't want but not willing to come to tha aid of these states which make up this country.


Cindy Zipf   May 25th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Offshore drilling is NOT about generating domestic oil supply. It's about Big Oil making money and they sell to the highest bidder. Since 2007 (when gas was tipping at over $4 gallon) EXPORTS of US Crude Oil and Petroleum Products have doubled.
How's that work for US?

It's all greed... BP made $5.6billion in the first quarter.
That we have been betrayed by big oil is an outrage but hardly surprising- that we have been betrayed by our government is a call to action.


Dodie   May 25th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

@ Smith in Oregon

I completely agree and well stated. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

30 years after approximately 175,000 gallons of oil spilled from the barge in Florida's Buzzards Bay; residues of the oil can still be found in salt marsh sediments to this day..... according to scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Charles   May 25th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Sea Plankton is reponsible for 50% of the earths oxygen. I've been so worried about Iran, and the stupid terrorists destroying our world. Not anymore. I think it may all be over, because of an oil company called BP, which in my mind equates with incompetence. I used to believe the world was going to end due to Armageddon; not anymore. I now believe in a more realistic end, I never would have imagined, that the destruction of all life on earth would be caused by an oil company.


Jim   May 25th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Will the oil spread inland should a hurricane hit the gulf? Will oil be mixed with rain coming down? What are the possible effects on southern states?


jack   May 25th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

It is obvious that few people are willing to even make minor lifestyle changes. We have been lulled into passivity and stupidity by corporate propaganda. Now , when it is imperative that we awaken, the big sleep continues. Meanwhile the beautiful wildlife will simply die. This is only a taste of bad things to come , if we allow enormous greed to control our futures.


Lee C   May 25th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

Seems to me, BP has been more involved in trying to get the oil to the surface so they can make money off of it, as opposed to stopping the leak. Why did they not try the "top kill" first to plug the pipes. As for the dispersant, I think BP will use the one they have until they use it all. This chemical most likely can't be used any other place in the world.


David Simendinger   May 25th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Larry,
I do not understand why they do not put together one mile of 48 inch wide, standard galvanized culvert and weld it together (standard 20 ft lengths) and lower it over the leaking oil. the oil would rise to the surface through the culvert and it could be pumped directly into a supertanker. When they restricted the oil flow by putting a box to a small pipe, , it caused problems with frozed particles, and quickly jammed up on them. So dont restrict it.

2600 culverts, readily available, weld them together or bolt them together on a ship as you lower the Magic Pipe to the bottom. Approximate cost, 1 mil. $

Oh, You could pour concrete into the culvert also and plug the hole that way as well if you decided to stop pumping the oil at the surface and this woulod provide a direct conduit right to the bottom. Think of the weight of a mile of concrete relative to the pressure of the oil. The concrete would stop 99% of the leak.

Dont like 48", hwo about 60". All standard size to the culvert industry.

Please pass on to whoever.

Take Care
Dave Simendinger
Essex, VT


Deborah Gifford   May 25th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The magnitude of the oil spill is sickening. I personally am very concerned regulations stick to greasy palms. How is it there is not a stop cock on this or any other oil rig? Vessels and ships have stop cocks for water, oil, and fuel distribution. How difficult can it be to bolt a thick plate to the pipe opening? It is simple plumbing! More importantly, how is it security methods are not / were not brainstormed prior rig installation? Going Green will be mute with disasters caused by our current methods of energy. Our warnings are prevalent with tsunami's, earthquakes and other disaster's we tone as 'natural'. If you stick a straw in an orange and suck the juice from the orange, it collapses and shrivels. Applied to our EARTH...not rocket science!


kay Rundle   May 25th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

BP should be responsible for the capping of the well and all expenses related to damage, ecological, cleanup, lost revenue, but the U>S govt MUST be responsible for containment. We should be reimbursed, but that is our job. So far as I see, not much has been done. I have spent 2 days online looking for responsible government officials in the DEP, Interior Dept, Coast Guard. When I finally get a phone # and talk to people on the other line, I am transfered to the Deepwater Horizon Response (BP) line. So...where is the government??? All personel ,governmental as well as DWHR are frustrated. We Americans want to help remediate this spill. Yesterday (?) was the 70th anniversary of th evacuation at Dunkirk. That took Leadership and civilian volunteerism. At the moment we seem to have no leadership and a frustrated civilian volunteer population..EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED!!!


jack   May 25th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

@Dodie... Yes. the shuttle bus idea could certainly make a difference. If one bus can haul say 50 people from a pick up area in suburbs, that would be 50 less vehicles on the road. Also, why don't they do a cash for clunkers program, that would involve vouchers for buying used cars with aceeptable mpg ratings? That would not onlly save in gas consumption, but would lower consumption of resources, and enable those with modest incomes to participate. Another idea (taht will not be too popular) is to ration or heavily tax gas beyond a certain level of family or individual consumption. Finally, we need to quit wasting tremendous amounts of fuel in needless wars. The military should be tasked instead with cleaning the Gulf area. It is a new world, and we can't keep destroying our living planet.


Irene F. Spurgeon   May 25th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Solution, as I suggestet to bp, contact NASA get a spaceship [I believe it is already presure tested] gut it, retroft it inside and out. Coat it with something to make it salt water safe, install hardware to lock it in at the bottom of the ocean. Cover up all the leaks with the spaceship. . I think this is a good idea, We need to contain this leak Call the President! billions of dollars are being spent Try this , we are going to pay for this mistake forever anyway. bp is going to have to pay for this mistake forever also, so the sooner we fix it the better!


jack   May 25th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

I hope the world will finally wake up, and see this as the end of a failed system. It could be a new beginning, if we learn from this , and in a collective way we change to a way of life that cherishes nature,instead of looks at it as something that merely needs to be dominated.


Judith   May 25th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Yep according to the right wing it's all President Obama's fault–NOT.

Which Party who held the seats deregulated the Oil Companies?
Answer Republican Party in 1996
McCain/Palin received double from the oil companies during their campaign more then Obama or any other.

Who doesn't want to add more cap on dollars for this disaster?
Answer the GOPs.Yep they want it more then the 5 million but they don't want too much because they don't want to put the mom and pops of oil business out of business.So the vote has been held up.

Who were the ones from day one that ran their mouths about Pres Obama and big Goverment?
You guess it–The GOPs.All they did was had town meetings and not working for the people that put them in Washington because they were too worried not getting paid more dollars of their special interests.

You don't send a paper boy in to do a doctor's job taking out tonsils.
You don't send a mailman in to put out a fire like a fireman.
It is BPs fault and the GOPs should shut their mouths.Obama didn't cause this mess.The GOPs act like they have all the answers then why aren't they doing something about it? They should all get down to the Gulf and help clean up the mess they voted to not to regulate Oil Companies.They are the blame and should be blamed instead of passing the buck like they have been doing since Obama took over with all the mess he had on his lap by Bush/Cheney.

Sarah Palin runs her big mouth and said we should keep drilling but they should clean up if something happens.Well Sarah,what about the Exxon Spill in Alaska that still isn't cleaned up and everyone lost everything.It's been 21 years.

The GOPs should hold their 2012 Convention in La maybe take a dip in the water or walk on the beach while eating fish instead of coming to Florida.


Isaias Olvera   May 25th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

WHY DO WE NEED TO CALL THE PRESIDENT TO SUPERVISE THE CLEAN UP? THAT MEANS WE DO NOT HAVE THE WRIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE JOB....OK......FIRE THEM..AND GET THE APPROPIATE PERSONNEL TO DO IT....WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NEXT....ARE WE GOING TO CALL THE PRESIDENT TO SUPERVISE THE SWEEPING OF OUR STREETS?...GIVE ME A BREAK....


Judith   May 25th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Bottom Line how about the men that died on the ship.No one talks about them or what their families are going through.All the GOPs do is flap their jaws.
Had President Obama been forceful from the begining the GOPs would have slammed him for that saying there he goes again trying to get the Goverment involve.Time for the American people to wise up that who is for the Big Business and who is for the people and it certainly isn't the GOPs.


Joannie Hirashima   May 25th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Let everyone in the U.S. know who is responsible for allowing this to happen. If it is our government that overpassed permits and restrictions that other countries require, let us all know. Make them step up to the plate, someone had to allow B.P. to do this, now they must take care of the problem immediately! I don't know, but I suspect, give this more press!


Bruce Richards   May 25th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

LARRY...if you want a real story about the toxic dispersants BP continues to use even after being ordered by the EPA to stop. We have a full first-hand account of how they have submitted inaccurate and incomplete response to the May 19th Directive from the EPA.

Highlight of Infractions:
– BP left out data that would have promoted a product finalist forward to the EPA that was 2 and 4 times less toxic than currently used products
– BP misreported data concerning products
– BP was fully aware of corrections to misinterpreted information
– BP selectively tested only one product for submission to the EPA
– BP chose only the toxic product currently used and a product that is more toxic
– BP’s choice of products to the EPA are products they currently own stockpile

The EPA, USCG, DOI, Senators, President Obama's Bipartisan Committee of Senators, etc have been made aware of this situation and instead of forcing BP to use an approved NCP Listed product that met all of their requirements to BP. Now instead of doing their job to protect our waters and coast, the EPA is requesting manufacturers to submit to more testing while they continue to allow BP to use toxic chemicals. Further, they are ignoring their own laws that have been in-place for 20years to rapidly resolve these issues. Let's talk TRUTH. You want a story- we have it.


Judith   May 25th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

What I understand there are only 2 Countries that make sure the oil companies are regulated and the USA is not one of them since 1996 when the Republicans held the seats and voted for the oil companies just like they did for Wall Street to deregulate them after 50 years.

Now whose side are the Republicans on?Do they not hear or do they just hear paper as in dollars?


David Hilliard   May 25th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

The Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a true National Disaster. I am a Merchant Seaman, and have worked in the Gulf oil fields. I feel for all that are effected by this disaster. But one thing we should all take responsibility for is the fact we all use lots of gasoline in our cars, trucks , ships, lawn mowers, airplanes, rec boats, snowmobiles, fishing boats,shrimp boats,. crab boats, and many other items. The demand for oil is fueled by man.Instead of pointing fingers at each other we should all band together and take responsibility and help fix it. As I listen to the evening news I only hear finger pointing. Would someone please make this comment to the American People As Oil Consumers we are all at fault. Thank You David K Hilliard


Deborah Gifford   May 25th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

I concur with David. Only, there is more to all the spill than meets the eye. Top scientists on the job? Really? A truck was lodged under an overpass and a child discovered letting air out of the tires allowed the truck to safely pass thru. Money (lots of money) enter the world of fuel commodities...money and greed. The numbers would baffle you! M's, B's, T's... To oil brokers as well. There are more than enough funds to master the situation, but it would hurt the oil tycoon's pocket. They will attempt the least expensive method first. Trial / Error. Tapping and complete shut off is not what they want to do! Is there genuine concern for sea life with these people? Their pockets are what they feel. As long as the water where they swim and live is not effected. They would only move if it were...Sealife does not have the luxury.


Logan   May 25th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

I see that you moderate your forum before a post goes live, maybe you'd like to do a bit of digging on this: I haven't seen much on CNN about the chemical composition of this "Corexit", but I took the liberty of looking up the MSDS, and with a bit of research found that the two main ingredients are 2-BUTOXYETHANOL and PROPYLENE GLYCOL... The third ingredient is a proprietary "Organic Sulfonic Acid Salt" and nobody seems to know more than that, but the first ingredient is bad enough to stop using this stuff; 2-butoxyethanol aka ethylene glycol monobutyl ether is a confirmed animal carcinogen, and sulfonic acid it's self is known to cause Fetotoxicity and musculoskeletal abnormalities; The big concern BP is trying to hide is that switching to another product may be like mixing bleach and ammonia. While even the E. Glycol will break down rather well, some sulfides can create pretty unpredictable byproducts.


Dodie   May 25th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

jack

You have some wonderful ideas. electric trains are also perfect. Ah yes, using our military in Iraq and Afghanistan to help clean up this environmental catastrophe is a wonderful suggestion.

The amount of death and destruction to both plant and animal wildlife will be like none other. We do not even know how far reaching this devastation can be. With winds, storms and rain spreading a thin veil of oil everywhere, on crops, cities... the possibilities are incessant!


sharon   May 25th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

I feel dispersants only make the oil problem worse. They spread the oil out even more and don't really clean up anything. They make it harder for the oil to be rounded up and easier for animals to ingest the oil. These chemicals can contaminate not only the gulf coast but far beyond with the currents and the migrating animals. STOP ALL THE DISPERSANTS!!!!!!!!! Sharon


Smith in Oregon   May 25th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

Bummer, it appears BP is testing their flock of ROV's in preparation of tomorrow's Top Kill operation. Unfortunately for some reason CNN moderators don't want the viewers to watch this carefully orchestrated deep water ballet taking place as highly remote operators tighten tiny screws, bolts in preparation of the real thing tomorrow.


Frank Hill   May 25th, 2010 11:39 pm ET

I think it is shameful that when you showed the names and pictures of the 11 men who died on the Deepwater Horizon platform that you went so fast that no one could read their names and rest of the information or even have time to look at their photographs. Either do it right or don't do it at all. Get to the commercial, get to the commercial!


jack   May 25th, 2010 11:47 pm ET

Using very toxic chemicals to disperse the oil seems to be a mistake. It spreads it into a wider area as well. Seems it would be better to leave it in thicker clumps and coagulating pools. It would be in smaller area,be less toxic, and be easier to collect . But , if they are making some profit or ridding their stocks of an unwanted chemical , it makes sense from the way they look at things. With these corpoarte entities it is usually just a case of following the money.


monique ulrych   May 25th, 2010 11:50 pm ET

MUST READ VERY VERY IMPORTANT MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TO STOP THE OIL FROM COMING OUT OF THE PIPE IS SIMPLE: INPUT A FUNNEL 4" TO 22" WITH A SEAL AROUND THE 22" END INTO THE LEAKING PIPE. WHEN THE FUNNEL IS INSERTED INTO THE PIPE, MAKE THE 4"END EXPAND TO RELEASE THE PRESSURE AND PIPE IT UP TO A SHIP!

THE $20M FOR THIS IDEA SHOULD BE A DROP IN THE BUCKET! TO SAVE THE PLANET, THEY CAN PUT IT TOWARDS CLEAN UP.

LARRY,THANKS FOR THE PHOTO OP IN DEC. 2009 WHEN WE RAN INTO EACH OTHER AT NATE AND AL'S!
MONIQUE ULRYCH!


Isabella   May 26th, 2010 12:03 am ET

No wonder America is losing it , anytime something happens in your country it becomes a political blame game .
Your President and federal government have failed to step in and take charge .
When BP the perpetrator was unable to cope with the spill , the Coast Guard should have become the on site commanders and then billed the cost of prevention and clean up to BP.
You need a chain of command to tackle this enormous environmental disaster .


Joannie Hirashima   May 26th, 2010 12:08 am ET

Will the company that manufactures this toxic dispersant be held responsible for the damage it causes to the environment and to the people or animals it may harm after ingesting or being exposed to it?


Logan   May 26th, 2010 12:10 am ET

it seems to be too late to stop it from getting to shore; what about putting small petroleum stills on mobile platforms, flatbed trucks, etc? At the very least you can provide fuel for the response effort at a very low cost if you can break it down well enough, and it gets rid of it at the same time...

Sand is probably the best way to soak it up on the water , I understand that we're talking about a massive amount of sand here, but there's plenty of it, if you get right behind it with tankers to soak up what falls to the bottom, immediately wash the oil out of the sand and filter it, you could potentially re-use the same sand over and over.

I've seen marine archaeologists using a large vacuum could probably do the job.


Ana Mariza McGroarty   May 26th, 2010 12:12 am ET

DO YOU REALIZE THERE IS A SAFE EFFECTIVE NATURAL SOLUTION FOR THIS OIL SPILL !!!!!!!
ESPECIALLY FOR THE WETLANDS

We are contacting you as a mutually concerned tenant on this earth. Nature provides us with a resource that helps handle any oil or chemical spills, on contact; naturally without any side effects …

… a resource that biodegrades oil, breaking it down to its natural components (H2O, CO2 and fatty acids), none of which are toxic or hazardous to the environment;

… a resource that ABsorbs not ADsorbs (like polypropylene, hair, hay, etc.) , therefore will not leach;

… a resource that rejects water, in its dehydrated form;

… a resource that does not merely breakdown the molecular structure of oil to have it sink to the bottom of the ocean floor (like surfactants do);

… a resource that is naturally renewable and becomes stronger with each harvest;

We have not just come out of the woodwork due to this crisis. In June 2000, when “green” was not the talk of the town, my husband and I started a business with such a product. We have focused a lot of time and energy on educating people (including children in schools) on alternative ways to handle oil and chemical spills, by using this product. We started this business because of an awareness that we need to make some changes with the environment. It is time for us to take more responsibility for our actions, on all levels, including with Mother Earth and how we treat her. Some part of humanity knows this, hence the large movement towards “green”.

We are now at a point where Mother Earth is clearly making a cry for help and I have a strong hearts desire that I can no longer ignore. To stand up and help, and not play small. Look at what happened with the Exxon Valdez. Here we are over 21 years later, and we are still being impacted by that spill, in so many ways. We can not afford to allow this to happen. Especially in the fragile state that Mother Earth is now in. What I need is a voice, a voice from someone who is out there in the media, and will be heard. Someone with connections that can reach the authorities, and help create awareness so that they can no longer ignore this solution. That is what I am reaching out for. DERM has been using this product for years in similar wetland situations and much more.

Not one single solution is going to solve this crisis. We have to all pull together to resolve this, otherwise we will be paying a very high price.

Please, if you hear my heart’s call, contact me immediately, so that we can move forward, taking one step at a time, to make a HUGE difference, not only to the environment, but all those families whose livelihood will be affected by this spill, not to mention so many people’s health. It is time, NOW, we can not afford to wait and ponder this situation.

In love and service,
Ana Mariza McGroarty
Synergy Environmental, Inc.


Ana Mariza McGroarty   May 26th, 2010 12:14 am ET

Larry PLEASE PLEASE hear me out. Please give my prior post of 2 seconds ago to Philippe. There is a solution for those wetlands. One that we have been using down in the wetlands and marsh areas of South Florida for 10 years now. I have proof. PLEASE PLEASE Larry I don't need to tell you how important this is. I JUST NEED SOMEONE TO HEAR ME OUT. I AM BEGGING YOU. The environment needs our help, we can't keep ignoring what we are doing and the simple natural solution that exists.


Adaya   May 26th, 2010 12:14 am ET

No one is doing enough! I am ashamed at our president's inaction over the last month. He is letting an entire ecosystem be decimated by greedy men. An ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM! Hello Barack, one month of inaction will cause two generations to suffer the damage.


sandy morris   May 26th, 2010 12:17 am ET

I do not believe President Obama has acted in the best interests of the American people, the environment, or the poor animals/water life which are being impacted by the oil spill. This is gross negligence on our governments part as well as BP. This putting it lightly. It is a horrible, hurtful, stupid negligent act. In Arabia, per the news, they are on an oil spill within one hour. Most every American are angered and upset over this spill. We the people are sick and tired of putting money over life. The majority of people should be more in control instead of letting the greedy corporations and government do anything. They do NOT have the world's best interest at heart. I voted for Obama, but now do not support him. HE ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR INACTION. THEY ARE RUINING OUR COUNTRY AND LIVING CREATURES. IT MAKES ME SICK. I say get rid of all those too powerful people who do not care about anything. They had no plan, and it was probably done on purpose. WE ARE OUTRAGED!!!!!! This is unforgivable!!!!


Marla   May 26th, 2010 12:20 am ET

BP should be prosecuted as criminals. You just rake in billions and billions, bypassing safeguards on your wells, and then expect us to sit by and not be outraged by your negligence and lack of foresight! I think we the people, citizens of the U.S. should file a class action lawsuit against BP and put them out of buisness. They need to pay big time until they are penniless! Is there a kick ass environmental attorney out there willing to lead the way? I'd like to be first on the list.


carl lindberg   May 26th, 2010 12:21 am ET

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Currently have 15 tons of product on hand in 10 foot by 4 inch containment Booms which are made of 100% Olliphollic Cellulose filler that is hydrophobic and will absorb gallons of oil or fuel but not the water. This equates to 7050 filled Booms.

I can manufacture minimum of 40 tons of product/week which is approximately 19,000 Booms

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Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 12:21 am ET

I don't think I would want to step foot in a BP Service Station after this. Will avoid them.

Where are all the smart heads when you need them. No-where to be seen is it.


Patricia Donley   May 26th, 2010 12:25 am ET

When this oil spill first happened, the Republicans – via Michael Brown – called it "Obama's Katrina" – to which Anderson Cooper made him look like a fool, along with other backers of the truth. I beg to differ about the Katrina issue – (George wasn't even on the scene for 5 days – the Coast Guard was there within minutes.........,) along with everyone else with a brain and deductive reasoning. Has anyone thought about the fact that the Republican oil "people" might have blown up the rig in the first place – just to add to the political rage against Obama? I campaigned for Obama in March /07 and never thought I'd see the day when we had a President that could read – other than Clinton – but everyone has their personal "agenda" that they believe should be the first concern of the President. I, also, ask why every single idea and chemical that would end this hasn't already been tried – and especially since the Louisiana professionals have been on the scene and ready to go – blocked by "government permits"? Let's not kid ourselves – Obama didn't cause, know about or diminish this oil spill, nor does he want it to go all over the world. But Bush is the one who led us into this mess – and one year isn't going to fix everything. I am the daughter of Sen. George McGovern's Chief of Staff – and I remember the oil politics back then. Haven't the Bush family and the queen of England been in the oil business for years? When is our country going to support our President and stop this ridiculous waste of time blaming him for things he has no control over. Stop the illegals – in any way you can. I lived in Phoenix last year and Joe Arpeio conducted weekly house raids over a multitude of blocks to find illegals – this law doesn't change anything there – they already profile. Let's start giving Obama some credit for the things he's accomplished – the economy is on its way up – a pretty good thing after only 18 months in office, considering the mess he inherited.


Dov Alon   May 26th, 2010 12:26 am ET

How about moving to natural gas we have a lot of it, its clean energy,
we are hostages of the oil companies


John Dow   May 26th, 2010 12:26 am ET

okay if plan a doesn't work for the coyote (Bp) and he has to go back to the drawing board again take the deep subs anchor a new well head pull the new well head with 8 high power winches anchored to the ocean floor securely to the ocean floor and pull the darn thing down as you lower from the surface being able to keep it straight with the 8 fifty ton winches and stop the leak with a new well head on a clean surface problem solved.
then anyone shows up to unemployment in the area you have a job clean the beach head two shifts when the tide rolls out for five or six months ... any able body man or lady needs a tyvec suit gloves a garbaged wheeled can and a spade .... space 20 twenty feet across the gulf done


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 12:27 am ET

HELLO!!!!!!! IS THERE ANYONE LISTENING OUT THERE!!!!!!!


Dawn   May 26th, 2010 12:29 am ET

I can't believe people are blaming the republicans!!
When are people going to make our president accountable. Obama should have been down there way before now. This is a major disaster.
Whoops. I forgot BP was a major contributor to his election.

Come on people start holding this guy responsible.


Jay Darling   May 26th, 2010 12:30 am ET

At Day one of the spill BP said they did not have a for sure fix...Our Military is awesome and President should of involved them and forced BP to allow other Oil companies to help out as they offered.. I think this is so poorly handeled...Jay


Osharr   May 26th, 2010 12:30 am ET

Now I' m not a scientist or a polittical activist but I do think it would be common sense for Bp or the government to try to at least contain and surround the oil spill with an semi-permiable or osmotic material that could at least contain and pull back (some of) the oil away from the shore or coast line, at least until they figure out away to plug the hole! I think the material should stretch from the floor, to well above the top of the water at least to preserve the environment. I think this would definitely be a positive temporary fix.


Timothy R (Moose Jaw SK)   May 26th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Does the world not relise that this oil leak has the potentional to be A GLOBLE KILLER!!!! 70% of the oxigen produced on Earth comes from Oceanic Photo Plancton which lives in the top 2 inches of the ocean and is also the Bottom of the food chain. If the Photo Plancton dies then so does everything in the sea and on the land. If this spill continues to GUSH this toxic plume of oil into the sea and it gets out of the Gulf and into the world sea this planet is DEAD! We need to put ALL other world issues aside untill this is FIXED!


Tom Russo   May 26th, 2010 12:34 am ET

Larry,

I wish the media, yourself included, would stop comparing BP's inability to stop the oil spill to the Bush adiminstration's terrible response to the Katrina disaster.

The catalyst for Katrina were largely forces of nature. This is a manmade disaster resulting from corporate and engineering negligence. If you need to call it something in two words, "Obama's Katrina" is not nearly as accurate as "Obama's Chernobyl".

When the damage of this spill is finally assessed, I fear the only difference between this disaster and Chernobyl will be these "zones of exclusion" will be aquatic ones.


John Dow   May 26th, 2010 12:36 am ET

the other thing that can pacify the public a little get a spokes man an admiral from the navy to explain what we are doing there and a another commander in charge of corridinating the whole relief effort bp running around like they own the gulf i have never heard of any military leader or state dictated to by a private foriegn company....
We need a strong take charge of this they cap it seal it great but we are not going to be led by them we must take charge of our own lively hoods the gulf as a whole generates 1,000 times what bp profit ever has been we have a lot more to lose then them and so we must take charge of our interests that pitful accumalation of ships bp has there is nothing compared to our fleets....


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 12:38 am ET

I wonder........ has President Obama.........been addressing the nation on this catastrophic disaster. Where are all the advisers. They should be in emergency meetings over this and let the people know what is happening and how things are progressing.

Where are the leaders or take-charge people on this. People need reassurance at this time about what is being done.


Spadini Filippo   May 26th, 2010 12:38 am ET

Does BP has enough assets to pay such huge damage to the environment and to the economy of the country? Is not time for the U.S. Government guarantee the payment of such a huge ammount of money?


Marla   May 26th, 2010 12:38 am ET

Larry:

I want to see photos with names of the BP executives and those who were the watchdogs for safety posted on your website. These money hungry people need to be exposed for the crimnals they are.


David Moretz, Augusta,Ga.   May 26th, 2010 12:42 am ET

I have sent a suggestion to BP to try and crimp the line like you would water hose.....using steel jaws..hydraulics and robotics.....


Laxshmi Goode   May 26th, 2010 12:43 am ET

Please tell Ted Danson that I, for one, am in total agreement with him that we should not drill in our oceans. I strongly disagree that Shell should be allowed to drill test wells off the coast of Alaska, which are planned to begin very soon. But how can we stop them?

I am also concerned that if we have a hurricane very soon in the Gulf, residents there will find many oil-soaked, stinking, rotting corpses of fish, birds, turtles, and other mamals in their living rooms because of a storm surge. How will they clean THAT up? Will they have to burn down their oil-filled houses?

I'd like an answer to this question: What is being done with the oil that is being shoveled into those white garbage bags. Will they go to a landfill, or will they be dumped in the oceans?!


Fiona in Texas   May 26th, 2010 12:44 am ET

Why is none of the media talking about the oil/water cleaning technology Kevin Costner has offered?


Fred Pulver   May 26th, 2010 12:46 am ET

Stopping the Oil Spill

I don't see why an injection line cannot be sent down the channel that will release a rapidly expanding foam that instantaneously hardens and forms a plug that will block the oil from being able to escape.

As an alternative, what about sending an augur like a plumbing "snake" down the tube that would include a inflatable bag that would work like a car air bag, expanding upon command suddenly and block the flow of oil?

A third alternative: send a line down the channel that is encased in an inflatable sheath, which can be suddently inflated from above to expand along a length of the channel and effectively block further escape of the oil.


Devon   May 26th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Is Bill Nye serious? Why don't they do like EVERYONE here is saying?! It really doesn't seem that BP really cares about the enviroment as much as the dollars.


iluvcolor   May 26th, 2010 12:48 am ET

First of all, many thanks to Ted Danson for speaking against ocean oil drilling. I join you in asking that oil stop. Just stop! No more!.

As far as President Obama is concerned, I think he is doing the best he can with the information he has been given. He could lobby congress to stop new ocean drilling, if not stop it usinghis Presidential powers alone. When the ocean dies, we die.


Jermaine Daniel   May 26th, 2010 12:49 am ET

It not his fault. He didn't tell bp to go out there digging without looking at the worst, because if they did their homework and invested in what JAPAN has we wouldn't be in this prodicament. So stop blaming the pres. and put all blame on bp for mot doing their homework. As kids we were taught look at what can happen before u do it. And I really don't think that plan they have is going to work either


Nancy Z.   May 26th, 2010 12:49 am ET

No! Has anyone thought... Terorist Attack??? Also, what happens during Hurricane Season??? Are we prepared for even worse oil problems?


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 12:49 am ET

BP should be banned from ever operating again and they should be treated like criminals.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 26th, 2010 12:53 am ET

They are using toxic dispersant...........just doesn't make sense. Will probably make the situation worse by the sounds of it.


MDM   May 26th, 2010 12:54 am ET

Michael Jackson died on June 25, not May 25th...


Dodie   May 26th, 2010 1:01 am ET

jack

Your right on target! It all is a toxic mixture killing everything in its wake! Very tragic ~sigh~


damian   May 26th, 2010 1:05 am ET

Surround the well with serious under water explosives. My guess is BP or the FEDs should surround the well in roughly a 50 yard radius with superior under water explosives. The intent is to "collapse" the drilled area and to prevent further leaking of oil into the Gulf of Mexico via the "collapsing" of the well. This is the most logical solution at this time.

When a well catches fire on land, they typically use explosives to remove the oxygen from the well area to put out the fire. In this case we are "collapsing" the cannel/well in order to stop the flow of oil from leaking into the Gulf. The detonation should collapse the well and stop the flow of oil. Clearly, we will not know until this method is attempted.

I truly hope this recommendation is at the very least taken into consideration. Up till now nothing else has worked and I think this method might actually work!! It seams fairly logical.

Best of luck to all. I think this has gone on long enough.


helena scierka   May 26th, 2010 1:12 am ET

I PRAY THE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE THE COURAGE TO CALL UPON THE GALACTIC FEDERATION, THEY ARE ABLE AND READY TO ASSIST US WITH THEIR ADVANCED TEHNOLOGY.THEY ARE BEINGS OF LIGHT WHO COME IN LOVE AND PEACE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO CAME BEFORE US AND ARE WAITING TO ASSIST US IN THESE TRANSFORMATIONAL TIMES WE LIVE IN. THERE IS NO NEED TO FEAR THEM.
I THINK THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO SHOW THE WORLD THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS.THE SOONER THE PEOPLE KNOW THE TRUTH THE SOONER THE LONG AWAITED GOLDEN AGE WILL BE USHERED IN-THERE WILL BE PEACE ON EARTH,JOY AND ALL THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE FREEDOM THEY DESERVE!!!!!

I WONDER WHY YOU DO NOT DO A SHOW ON THE GALACTIC FEDERATION AND WHO THEY ARE SO THE PEOPLE COULD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE TRUTH AND NOT FEAR WHAT THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF.

SINCERELY,

HELENA S.

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Bud Wilson   May 26th, 2010 1:28 am ET

Dear Larry, Thank you for finally having intelligent voices speaking to the deeper issues of this tragedy. It is an absolute ecological disaster. It is ludicrous to attempt to assign blame for this event on the President of the United States. If you want to look for blame, it is long past time we investigated all the secret deals that Dick Cheney orchestrated behind closed doors with Oil and Gas industry executives, hiding behind "executive privilege". Bring Mr. Cheney and all the corporate criminals to justice for "rigging" the entire national energy policy in favor of oil, gas and coal. Not to mention the drug, sex and cash scandals at the Mineral Management Service of the Interior department giving away our natural resources at bargain basement auctions. The other truth is that our society is drunk on oil, gas and coal – "cheap" energy that we subsidize with tax dollars to help private companies make billions of dollars in profit. Sadly, citizens continue to consume over the top, unnecessary amounts of energy. We must decarbonize our energy future with clean and renewable sources. This can be done with Government incentives at least at a par with the dirty alternatives. A better alternative is for the antiquated 20th century dirty energy companies to loose their strangle hold control and manipulation of the regulatory agencies and go away forever! Invest now, in the necessary infrastructure to convert to green clean electrons for our energy grid as a national emergency with a greater sense of urgency than WAR! We have the resources and technical capacity to do this NOW. We must stop treating the earth as a bottomless garbage pit and continue to expect no negative consequences! We pour more toxic dispersants on top of toxic oil – to diminish the "visibility" of the oil, this is indeed the epitome of stupid behavior. A note for the drill baby drill crowd and the right-wing conservative Republicans who never want any government regulations or oversight or intervention of any kind to interfere with business profits, are the ones who are now crying the loudest about the failure of government to intervene! Please recognize the outrageous hypocrisy this whining represents. Finally, let us all pray this disaster will finally inform all United States citizens that we can not have ANY economy unless our ecology and our biosphere is healthy and vibrant! That means putting NATURE on the top of the pyramid and dismissing political and economic expediency for what it is – shameful, fear and greed based behavior.


Anthony P Mattos   May 26th, 2010 1:45 am ET

Given all the imapcts of the oil spill, Who is physcally able, authorized
and available to help clean up this situation? People somewhere could help the situation, where are are they? Who cleans toxic oil?
please find out because its a hot mess.


Pam   May 26th, 2010 1:49 am ET

Obama has shown the the world what kind of leader he is with his lack of response to his own Countryman in one of the worst environmental disaster our world may ever see. If he took the time to realize human lives as well as the largest lose of wildlife is taking place at this moment. This disaster will be written and remembered as killing off hundreds of wildlife species and possibly human lives for generations. My niece and nephew are breathing in these chemicals and it will be in their water and land and will cause many brain disorders and cancer for years to come. I wonder how fast President Obama would act if his own children lived in this area. How dare he still act like he is running for Presiden instead of acting like a leader of the most powerful country in the worldt. A real President stands face to face with the people who elected him to lead during the good times and especially the bad. A dictator leads from the safety of their palace. Obama get up act like a leader and face your public.and Lead BP and other officials in the oil disaster. The people in Louisiana don,t need another slap in the face for political sake. BP made this environmental disaster of grave proportions, but Obama you will be digging these graves on your political conscence for years. Obama everyone will remember that you stood still the day the BP oil rig disaster blew a hole in soul of the environment in the Gulf of Mexico. Shame on your own agenda for political grander. You,re not a President, and you,re not a King and you,re not a Leader, So what are you?


Anthony P Mattos   May 26th, 2010 2:17 am ET

Since this oil spoil did cover a large region of water in a gemographic area shown in the map on you wesite, can people try to remove as much oil as they can out of the water. Please work together. The oil is already spilled. Find a tool of some sort that actually removes from water. Go with what works at this point without making the situation to costly.


Mary-Jane   May 26th, 2010 2:21 am ET

@Bud Wilson

(Profound) Thank you!


Smith in Oregon   May 26th, 2010 3:05 am ET

It seems during the horrific Republican administration of Bush-Cheney a more than simply cozy relationship existed between Federal inspectors and regulators and those that awarded Billion dollar leases with Big Oil.

Investigations found what appears to be rampant corruption, found it again in 2007 and again when a followup investigation was ordered by Democratic administration of Obama-Biden in 2009, go figure!

Under the Bush-Cheney encouragement and Big Oil Watch, the federal agency officials routinely accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and even used government computers to view pornography on the taxpayers dime!

The current Obama ordered Federal Investigator General report follows a 2007 investigation that revealed what then-Inspector General Earl Devaney called a "culture of ethical failure" and conflicts of interest at the minerals agency.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Salazar said several employees cited in the report have resigned, were fired or were referred for prosecution. Actions may be taken against others as warranted, he said. Salazar said he has asked the Inspector General to expand the investigation to look into agency actions since he took office in January 2009.

Democratic members of Congress and President Barack Obama have both criticized what they call the cozy relationship between Republican party placed regulators and Republican friends in major oil companies and have vowed to reform MMS, which both regulates the industry and also collects billions in royalties from it. In one case, a Republican placed Federal Inspector was inspecting a Big Oil firm AT THE SAME TIME he was interviewing for a future job with THAT SAME BIG OIL COMPANY!!!

Just when you might think the Republican Party couldn't sink any lower in the morass of their own making, they have a federal taxpayer salaried Federal Inspector that is 'inspecting' a Big Oil company at the same time that Federal Inspector is being interviewed for a job with that same company! Wow, talking about CORRUPTION!


Emmett   May 26th, 2010 3:22 am ET

BP is also the company who acquired the Brooks Range oil leases- and are sucking up this last of what is left. There was suppose to be a controlled so it wouldn't became an environmental disaster to the fragile perm a frost.. To squeeze the last of the oil out. The promises of a restricted with as little damage as you could. That was how it started yet since then they have drilled 4,500 and not only has it destroyed the entire area it looks like a junk yard. What is BP going to do about this. Please have someone mention this on the program and
also stop Shell from drilling until Arctic sea which was already protected but that shows you if the government wants something they take it. So the protected land, until it was over ruled by the government and the President. There is only 9 months of oil in that reserve to sustain the US. It is needs to be stop now


john manley   May 26th, 2010 4:04 am ET

Larry,
Makes me feel good that you are featuring a child molester on your best o 25. Get a grip Ypu can say he was nice all you want. too add to your ratings. I thought you had more humanity.Ratings are great reality is better.
Best Regards,
JM


Matthew Authement   May 26th, 2010 5:28 am ET

Dear Larry King,
I am a resident of Louisiana and have a fair bit of knowledge of how the offshore oilfields work. I really wish people would educate themselves more on the gulf situation before they start in with their half-cocked ideals. Yes this is the worst oil spill in the history of offshore drilling.

People need to look up when the last serious gulf oil happened and read about that one. Before they condemn offshore drilling. I'm not one of those drill baby drillers, but people just need to look at all the facts.

The Deep Horizon oil spill could have been capped within the first week after the accident with explosives but the subsequent loss of revenue and the lease to that drill site would cost British Petroleum more than just letting it flow.The Relief well and the siphon tube are all stalling tactics that are killing not just the gulf and the shore, but the economy as well.

I am tired of people playing the political blame game against the different parties. Its everyone up talking about it and not doing anything about it.

These rich environmental activist that get on television and complain about the oil spill that say we need to switch to wind power or solar power. I agree with the statement, its a nice dream to be completely off hydrocarbons. Yet again I ask how many people are employed in domestic oil, gas, coal?

Please don't ever have Ted Danson give an intellectual opinion on anything ever again, the man is an Actor. Just because they have money doesn't necessarily make their opinion correct or ever matter. I could Spout out Statistics incoherently and sound in the know.


C Zeller   May 26th, 2010 5:40 am ET

Watching this whole situation unfold from the beginning, understanding the domino affect it has and will cause, and as an American who has had to watch other disasters that have financial impact on the American public, I have this thought to contribute: Initially I was impressed that BP stepped up to the plate to assume financial responsibility for the clean up; now we are hearing that cleanup is beyond feasibility. Therefore, we are now faced with the economics of the situation which are: 1) loss of revenue to the people that depend on the Gulf resources, the shrimpers, etc, and 2) the impact to the consumer, the basic law of economics, i.e. supply down/ price up.

I PROPOSE: Instead of the consumer having to bear the brunt of the irresponsibility of major companies, the major companies now bear the cost full spectrum. That meaning: Instead of the consumer now being faced with higher prices at the store for seafood due to diminished resources, the major companies SUBSIDIZE the cost so that the burden of cost stays where it belongs: with the entity responsible for the problem vs. with the ordinary consumer who had NOTHING to do with causing the problem. BLUF: Let those who caused the problem bear the burden (cost, etc.) of the problem; not the innocent public.


S Abraham   May 26th, 2010 5:47 am ET

Why do the americans think that they can take all the oil but do not want to take any risks. So is the belief that "let the third world countries take the risks".
This is not right..... if there is a plane accident it does not mean to shut all the planes in the world. It means learning and moving on as we need them. Most people on your show have no idea about the oil industry. I work in this industry and know how much time &effort is put into safety.


Olegonzo   May 26th, 2010 5:49 am ET

At least three times during this episode, Larry and his guests said there are "35,000" wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Last I checked there are about 3,800 in US waters. So unless Mexico's Pemex has the other 31,200 oil wells, I think this is an error.

And it egregious, because the guest representing the oil industry's interest was saying that one accident out of 35,000 is low. In fact, what he should have said was one accident in about 4,000 - which is much larger probability in terms of accidents to number of rigs.


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   May 26th, 2010 5:54 am ET

Horror of horror. We too have an oil spill in out waters with Singapore, but to a lesser degree.
(Singapore was once our state but we separated in 1963. It is 15 minutes away from our southern-most city via Causeway. Only 4- hour ride from Kuala lLumpur, Malaysia's capital city).

Our tanker, registered in St Vincent and the Grenadines, collided with a bulk carrier, about 13km south-east of Singapore's Changi airport yesterday
The collision resulted in the spilling of 2,000 tonnes of crude oil, or about 14,600 barrels into the sea.
Malaysia and Singapore are now jointly carrying out clean-up operations.
Indonesia, our nearest neighbor, has been informed.


michele   May 26th, 2010 6:11 am ET

And what is obama to do?is he expected to go into the waters before it is said he has done enough?of which people will still criticise.i believe he barely sleeps or forgets what is at hand.Bp should be held responsible and pay for its damages on tortious liabilities to the environment and public.


Abel Peters   May 26th, 2010 7:36 am ET

Larry:

Here's a suggestion to solve this monumental mess in the Gulf of Mexico: When engineers engage in the construction of bridges across deep bodies of water, they would send down hollow metal tubes of varying diameters to trap sea water and prevent water from entering the tube while all the water is sucked out before concrete is poured into the tube. This procedure succeeds all the time and the bridges that stand today are proof thereof. Why can't this same procedure be applied in the Gulf? I realize the hollow tube would be huge but, I submit, based on present day technology and a depth of a mere one mile, applying this procedure would prove quite feasible. By this method, all of the oil would be trapped and collected in tankers on the surface and the mammoth clean-up effort would be conducted with no additional contamination. I hope you will bring this to the attention of all those groping in the dark to find a solution to the mess.


Ted   May 26th, 2010 7:54 am ET

Ted Danson and all those Hollywood dreamers and good guys should concentrate on what they are good at; selling dreams to the public.

We have wind energy only when the wind is blowing and even then it is very expensive to produce. What do you do when for days we have no wind, sit in the dark? HHow do you store the electricity already produced?

Solar energy is also not dependable, no sun, no electricity!
Both are a welcome addition to cut down on our use of fossils, but in the industry they will never have a major role. At least not in the near future.

Our only solution that is available today is nuclear generation of electricity. It is the cheapest and cleanest and not more dangereous than coal or oil, counting all the deaths from productions of those and the deaths from pollutions running to tens of thousands a year!!

German engineers are working on cold fusion that may provide us with unlimited energy in the future, without the radiation of the nuclear plants. If all industrial nations work together, what may be a dream, then cold fusion may be a reality in 10 years or so.


Chuck   May 26th, 2010 8:40 am ET

@Pam,
Thank you.


Chuck   May 26th, 2010 8:48 am ET

@Smith in Oregon,
I really see you as part of the problem and not part of the solution. Smith, we were dependent on oil long before the last administration. Can you give some information, for example, on what the Clinton administration did to break our dependency on oil. You have so much hatred going on in your obsessed mind, I'm sure you have trouble sleeping at night.


Mrs. Helen Holland   May 26th, 2010 11:02 am ET

Dear Larry,
I am the voice of my childrens children. As I look with disbelief at unquenchable greed of BP and the OBOMINATION of our government leaders to stand by and do nothing except point fingers, I cannot believe that our leader and chief has done nothing to take over or at the very least work side by side, tirelessly to get this un-natural disaster under control. This company dumps unchecked poisons onto an already deadly problem and "We the people" do nothing? The devistation goes so far above the monetary loss. An entire life system is dying as we wait yet again for another "attempt" from BP to stop it. Where are the other oil companies? Why do they not help? Why isn't our government there ready and taking charge?

As for our president, I am sorry to say I voted for you. I expected more from you. If you cannot take charge with something like this, what will you do if we are attacked again? Where are your loyalties? Why does he not put our lands and our peoples future ahead of some Godforsaken oil company? President Obama, did you not understand when you ran for this office what it meant to "BE A LEADER"? Please Mr. Obama, for the sake of our children do not wait any longer...GET INVOLVED!

With sincere regrets,
Mrs. Helen Holland


Kevin Decker   May 26th, 2010 11:26 am ET

My solution for shutting off the oil spill: As a U.S. Army Green Beret, I was tr\ained in underwater demoliton. I have developed a design for a flying submarine that can carry a pipe clamp shut off valve down to the oil leak , attach itself with magnetics and lock on bolts that will blast two wedges on opposite sides into a reinforced locking chamber.
A secondary blast will sever the tailing edge and seal the wedges inside.
For oil containment, I would like to suggest a series of nets put together out of old used tires that can be assembled on site in the swamps with locking tie straps in a terraced shape manner throughout the swamps . The oil will flow out of the swamps in a stair stepped fashion , trapping sediment and rebuilding the swamps.


Dodie   May 26th, 2010 12:59 pm ET

@ Ted
Check out National Ignition Facility (NIF). NIF uses powerful lasers to heat and compress a small amount of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place. NIF’s aim is to create a single (500 terawatt) within a few picoseconds. Possible consequences, potential for nuclear explosion.


Logan   May 26th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

I see a whole lot of demand for accountability, and everybody wants to know who, in the end, is responsible. If this so-called "Top-Kill" does not work, what we need to demand is ABSOLUTE TRANSPARENCY.

BP has pretty much shown us that we can't trust them to make decisions with our best interest at heart, and quite frankly I don't trust the Feds either. Party politics aside, they're a den of vipers, the whole lot of them.

Not just the American public, but the world needs to know the SPECIFICS of what is going on down there. There are hundreds of thousands of extremely intelligent men and women out there who are willing and eager to help, if bp would release schematics of the BOP and the exposed pipeline with detailed information on how these components are damaged, and what is being done to repair them.

If the ROV's are operating in the same low visibility conditions that we are seeing in the video feed, they may not have DETAILED information on how the equipment is damaged, but they damn well better have detailed schematics of the well head and the BOP.

BP: we need your engineers and ROV pilots to indicate on these schematics, based on their first hand observations and their most educated guesses where and how the oil is leaking, and yes, WE DO NEED A BETTER MEASUREMENT OF THE PRESSURE INSIDE THAT PIPE. The volume of oil is not so important because of the amount of volatile gas in the mix. Pressure from this gas will be the deciding factor here as to whether or not any kind of top kill will work.

MY MAJOR CONCERN AT THIS POINT:

If the mud and concrete set, but the pressure continues to force oil out through smaller pockets, we may lose the ability to get anything INTO the well, should that prove to be a better option.


Pam   May 26th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon, Michele
Could you please have a heart and stop pointing fingers long enough to realize while you blame the old administration for this oil massachere, 100's of wildlife species are dying forever and people will be sick after you die,I die, and, my children and their children. This spill is so large it can't even be discribed without a flow chart. YOU ASK WHAT CAN OBAMA DO, Obama is the President of the most powerful country in the world. DO I NEED TO SPELL IT OUT! BE A LEADER RALLY OTHER LEADERS BEGIN THE CLEAN UP NOW NOT TOMMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY OR NEXT MONTH. One thing I know is people in Louisiana work hard are willing to work and will do what ever it takes to save their home and the wildlife, they just need the government to give the go ahead. When are we going to act as one country and come together and save our future. We need to stop blaming and start working together or we have no future. The government needs to start cleaning up know and bill BP later. I'm going down with my kids to help in two weeks. My kids will learn the hard knocks of life. My kids want to help not blame.


Rita Higgins   May 26th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

President Obama can only do so much. The question is was there a way that these rigs can be tested from time to time to make sure that they are free from leaks. Everybody wants to point fingers and the job isn't gettiong done. We are living in sad times.


Smith in Oregon   May 26th, 2010 3:12 pm ET

Liability limit's are not a problem for Big Oil, their record breaking multi-Billion dollar profits every 4 months during the Republican Bush-Cheney administration sets a all time profit making historical record.

It isn't fair for American Taxpayers to pay 97% of the economic losses, environmental disasters and health problems associated with these enormous Crude Oil spills.

And yet once again Republican lawmakers are obstructing and blocking Democratic lawmakers attempts to raise Big Oil's liability in paying for much more of the true costs in dealing with these huge crude Oil spills.


Smith in Oregon   May 26th, 2010 4:33 pm ET

The Hero and Darling of the Republican Party, former President George W. Bush speaking before an audience of entranced ardent Republican boosters and neo-cons at the Dallas Convention Center today who had gathered at the American Wind Energy Association meeting stated, 'It's in our economic interests that we diversify AWAY from oil' and 'It's in our environmental interest'. The former Texas Oilman and member of a longtime Oil family finished his speech stating 'It's in our national security interest'.

The Republican party now has their marching orders. Perhaps they'll stop bashing former Vice President Al Gore over his insistence for America to move away from Oil for the past 20 years.

The MAJORITY in America expects the Republican party lawmakers, leaders and members to now follow your Hero's advice and help move America AWAY from Oil.


Al ''alfe'' Martinez   May 26th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

This oil spill is just the case we have been waiting for, not for the loss of ocean line and sea life , but how after not too many years ago the oil giants went for the thoat and charged us over four dollars a gallon. We can now lose est. 5000 barrels a day and everyone walks around with there hand in there pockets, shruggin their shoulders and using words like " we'll try this" or we hope this well stop it" Grow up fix your mistakes with all our money you've robbed from us, in the past and fix it!!!!!!!


Smith in Oregon   May 26th, 2010 7:04 pm ET

What's up with the live gusher cam video feeds today? The change today was a large increase in multiple gushing plumes of 'GREEN' liquid flowing out deep undersea from the ruptured well site.

Earlier for the past several days, the Green fluids were the toxic dispersants being sprayed into and around the coal black crude Oil gushing out. Now the public is only being shown multiple Green gushers? CNN should ask if a great deal of what they are seeing is actually the toxic dispersant being sprayed out and displayed.


andreas   May 26th, 2010 9:08 pm ET

If you have discussed this option i appologise, will try catch the answer, thx

Hi Larry

Why not drop a small bomb down the shaft between ocean floor and oil resevoire, (13000Ft).
If the small bomb was detonated say 8000Ft beneath ocean bottom, whole shaft will close and problem over.
Only thing BP will lose well, or at least shaft to resevoire.

When BP opens a well, they know the exact life of it, so how much oil is in well, and how long can it sustain putting out oil. I believe bomb would work, its just they would loose well, maybe the military has a bomb that is detonated in reservoire could solve problem.

But i am sure a bomb in shaft would close it up.

Thx for a great show
Andreas

Las Vegas


Susan, Vancouver   May 26th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

I am hoping and praying for this "Top Kill" to work. I believe most of the world is waiting and hoping for the same but also looking for some decisive action in terms of the damage that has already been done!


steve   May 26th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Based on my have 40 years experience in well control and firefighting, I think the media needs to slow down and gather their information before they make it public. They should not try to do it over live network. Need to get their facts straight. I am retired but have been around the world and have seen many incidents of oil on the surface just as bad as this. There are many talented professionals in the blowout and firefighting industry. They work off the incident command sysytem and do not make hasty decisions based on political thoughts and accusations. The US government can help by providing on the cleanup and leave the well control up to the experts. In my mind, from 40 years experience the US is rampant with blame instead of issuing boots and cleanup material. Let's train everyone else concerned and get this mess cleaned up. If you want to boycott BP, where would the US be if the oil industry did the same. Our military, our government, our homeland security relies on Oil and Gas. Think about it.

Steve Burrow


Annie   May 26th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

BP should be sued into extinction, like the wildlife of the Gulf will be, if something is not done quickly.


Kathy Bracs   May 26th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Did the same thing again this year. Told the winner of american idol before it aired in las vegas-this is not right


Nicole Render   May 27th, 2010 12:10 am ET

The Life is Dying

the birds are dying
the fish are crying
inside our hearts are falling
outside the oil is spilling
save our planet
save our country
spread the word
the people need to be heard
with oil the water is being fed
with toxins our animals go to bed
never turn a head
we can get ahead
work as one
our job will be done
the minnos fall to the bottom
the trout can not be forgotten
the crickets are being silent
the bugs are killed by violence
the birds are dying
the fish are crying
we need to start trying


Al ''alfe'' Martinez   May 27th, 2010 1:02 am ET

it all comes down to drilling.. funny we vote and then there is a problem for drilling around the coast... they dont want our oil, if so they would stop it but no. or some big money man is setting us up. Is our Obma to blame , no he didnt drill, and if you break it you fix it. So BP good luck and that is what you get for GREED.


Al ''alfe'' Martinez   May 27th, 2010 1:09 am ET

This is for Jack. there is no felony to chage for all out fall out. it should be fed or atleast BP actions should be watched closly. Govenment is to big so it should be a FBI or UN problem. we will be stuck but atleast it has clean up jobs as bad as it sounds. we need to look for the positive


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 3:18 am ET

Yes, the big question is why has it taken BP so long to admit that they could not stop it and call in help sooner. Why has it taken so long for anyone to do anything. Over a month has gone by and it seems like everyone has got their hands tied. A lot of talking is going on behind the scenes and everything seems to be tied up in red-tape, that to get any action done seems to take forever.

Is the problem too much talk and not enough action.


colin damm   May 27th, 2010 3:30 am ET

boy larry maybe its time to give it up.... bp a trillion $ company comon. ben stein a economist, what a joke!!!! do your homework before you open your chops. do you honestly think bp could not have tried this procedure day 1????? if bp looses this field they are out 300 mil plus the billions it will bring them in production. their main goal is to stop it with the horizontal drilling (relief holes) currently under construction. Find someone more creditable than ben stein.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 7:13 am ET

Some of the locals were saying that they probably would have done a better job of things if they were allowed to go in straightaway and start with the cleanup.

Because it was taking so long for things to get done......... some of the business people whose livelihoods were being affected..........said that if these others couldn't do it..........that the locals could have gone in there right at the beginning and done it themselves instead.

That they could have prevented the oil reaching the shore and the marshes and their businesses. It seemed they were waiting on BP and the other parties involved to do something..........and like nothing was being done. They had to wait and watch while the situation was getting worse. Like nobody even cared about their predicament at all. Shameful.


Kathleen Ramey   May 27th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

This is NOT an oil spill......it is an oil GUSHER that is out of control.


s richardson   May 30th, 2010 3:35 am ET

they need to remove all drilling platforms that are in the ocean, when will the world wake up and realize we need to work on solar, wind, geothermal power, build more underground houses. We not not need so much oil if we worked towards renewable energy. I tried to get my dad to buy and underground house, with a wind generator, and solar panels, too bad he didn't buy me one. I will work on getting on till the day i die. and i'm now more for electric cars than i ever was! otherwise we are going to make our own earth uninhabitable, and it's not like we have somewhere else to go!


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