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May 27, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:49 PM ET

Tonight on Larry King Live

President Obama defends himself and his administration in the wake of what’s become the worst oil spill in U.S. history!

He said “I take responsibility” and tells his critics that he’s “fully engaged” in the response effort.

But is enough being done?

We’ll have the very latest on the spill and the status of the “top kill” effort to stop it.

Plus – legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens joins us tonight to rate the president’s response to this unprecedented disaster.

We want to hear from you:
Do you approve of Pres. Obama’s response to the oil spill?

Sound off below!

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Gus Heppler   May 27th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

OIL SPILL _Are we going to have a dead sea{meaning the Gulf},an what about the gulf stream.More lives will be lost,more than human.


Pep   May 27th, 2010 8:15 pm ET

Obama needs to Show himself bigtime. To much talk and not enough action in regards to the oil spill on everyone's part. Also North Korea needs to see The USA as the super power it claims to be. Again way too much talk!

Regan, Carter & Clinton had the right attitudes and personality to back up what they say. Obama is un-proven as of yet.


Charles   May 27th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

CNN asks if enough is being done? It's not about quantity, it's about quality. All it takes is one good idea.
What caused this disaster, and continues to perpetuate this tragedy, is the desire for quantity; actually a better word is gluttony


Douglas Brinkley   May 27th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

BP has created the largest environmental disaster in the world. The U.S. Government needs to act and act boldly to protect and restore what is left of our natural resources at whatever the cost. Every drop of oil from this disaster will impact not just the environment but also the lives of everyone living or working within hundreds if not thousands of miles from the gulf coast.


Joe G. (Illinois)   May 27th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

Can’t he put on a cape and give speeches? Are there no more teleprompters in this country? Can we not afford them any longer?

But really.. He appoints czars for everything and anything but then he doesn’t care enough to appoint one the Gulf oil spill?!!


hempster   May 27th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

Larry james carville mentioned charges need to be brought up against BP not only american charges but international because america dont own the entire gulf of mexico only our coast line ...mexico cuba jamaica and all the islands also share these waters and I promise you this much this oil will be washing up in all of them places and will wash up for years and takes decades to recover from if they would not be spraying dispersments this oil slick would have the entire gulf covered I mayself say this this is pumping between min. 79,200 gallons a day to 198,000 max. but will never know as long as they are keeping it below the surface Steven Wereley is right with his figure on the flow rate I am no college grad and I can see it is flowing 55 gals a second the 22inch pipe holds 55 gallons in a 4 foot section and I see 40 feet of pipe on the gulf floor and yes heads need to roll bring out the british guillotine


Jeff   May 27th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

We have won the ridiculous race. With the help of the British, our beautiful country and gulf can now claim honors for our own Chernobyl. We have yet to learn the simple lesson, Safety First.

I wish success for the Top Kill plan. I understand the dynamics of the incredible forces not in our favor, but this well must be destroyed somehow. I can only hope the other major petroleum players are offering relentless help, equipment and expertice and not sitting back thinking "Thank God that's not us...."


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   May 27th, 2010 8:55 pm ET

President Obama is no superman.
He is an ordinary mortal who tries his best to stem the crisis.
Please cut him some slack.
May God bless America.


hempster   May 27th, 2010 8:58 pm ET

if the goverment would decriminalize HEMP we could grow our oil and repair the CO2 levels each and every year and not rob mother earth of her natural fuels she will need many years from now to keep her core hot I see all fossil fuel compaines as THIEFS robbing our earth when there are natural ways to produce the energy we need


Smith in Oregon   May 27th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

Thank God the discussion is not on American Idol and instead on what is one everyone's mind across America, the Oil gushing out in the Gulf of Mexico poisoning one of the largest fisherys in the entire world.


Smith in Oregon   May 27th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

For decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.


Dan   May 27th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

This is a tragedy in all respects. No point man from the government as of yet, BP execs staying out of the spot light on television, little to no visual evidence of clean up operations, little correct communication in all aspects. WE NEED A POINT MAN! We don't have time before a hurricane makes this tragedy into a national emergency by picking up the oil and taking it into the heartland of America destroying far more than what it already has.


Billy   May 27th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

Pep, I agree with you. We've heard too much talk and seen little action. My opinion is that stopping the oil is priority number one, BUT people aren't reacting to the gushing oil as much as the environmental devastation being shown on TV. Get people on the ground working NOW!


LLC   May 27th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

He talks more and says less of any president in the past 30 yrs.
Clueless and appears to let his ego override common sense.. If he has any..


Ken Higgins   May 27th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Its time to demonstrate our resolve in getting this leak stopped and end the finger pointing and politics. First, the US should suspend BP operations in the US until the leak is fixed. Second, the President should name a no-nonsense leader to take charge of the seal-up operation. He/she should be given authority to obtain full cooperation from any government or private sector resources necessary to accomplish this task. Third, all offshore oil drilling should be temporarily suspended until each drilling operation can be reviewed for adherence to safety and environmental standards. Fourth, all Federal Government emergency response agencies should be re-organized, streamlined and required to exercise simulated large scale emergencies so that they can be prepared to meet these sort of disasters. This is the second time we have seen organizational chaos when providing a response. Katrina was the first, and now this disaster is the second, do we need to see a third? Fifth, our national emergency response procedures must be able to quickly assemble and deploy the resources to meet the need without respect to turf.


jack   May 27th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

This is such a scary and frustrating situation on so many levels. They should make a lot of job cuts for this ineptness. If the agency tasked with overseeing safety had not been so busy getting their bribes from big oil this mess could have been averted. If BP got to fill out their own safety reports , what were we paying the inspectors to do?


Chaney, La.   May 27th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

We really need to learn something from this, wean ourselves off oil.turn our focus to green technologies, its the smart thing to do. T. Boone Pickens has a website that is so informative and he being an oilman knows both sides of this story........ we need to listen well.. drill baby drill.... doesnt inspire me much.


Lorena Barton   May 27th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Everyone has responded way to slowly in this disaster. Not just the president, EVERYONE.


martina   May 27th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

@Jeff

Safety first unless there is a job to be done!


john doe   May 27th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Larry feeling better??? JAMES ready??? We got OBAMA moving HUH??? USA is the way!!!


Michael Ketchum   May 27th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

If president obama has been in charge since day one as he claims, then why has he not been to the scene? Why did he wait 38 days to hold a news conference? Only after public and media scrutiney have we heard a response out of our president.


Joe G. (Illinois)   May 27th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

It’s like everything he touches or sets his mind to turns into destruction.
The economy, the middle class.. But that’s not really his fault.

If I understand things correctly his only real job before this one was being a Constitutional Law Professor. He just doesn’t have the experience for all this stuff. But at least we can rest assured that he knows the Constitution, that he recognizes and upholds federal law and the new Arizona Immigration Law that mirrors the federal. “I hope.”


Shahbaz Asif   May 27th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I think President is doing hid best. I would like to propose a solution to close the source of leakage as follows:

If we can insert flexible tubing with a balloon attached on one end and the other end connected to a compressor into the pressure holes. The tubings have to go inside as far as possible with a maximum of about 50 ft. After insertion the thick but flexible balloons are pumped with air through a compressor, I think that should close the pressure flow coming out or atleast retard it for few hours. In the meantime grouting can be done to close the leakage. This is something like Angioplasty which the cardiologist do to clear the arteries.


john doe   May 27th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Tell him james!!! USA is the way!!!


Aimée Lafayette, la   May 27th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I'm with James Carville, pres. Obama needs to get in the marshes, talk to people in Veince, la and some of the other marsh areas! We need to stop the leak and protect the coast and marshes.


dorothy   May 27th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

obama has done nothing for the US since he took office&this oil disaster shows it all IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!!ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!


Phyllis   May 27th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I cannot find the live blog for tonight's show, but I want to say that a guest was being interviewed a couple minutes ago...who kept referring to the oil spill....as THEY...THEY don't need a hurricane right now. Well, gee., if the experts still do not see this as a national crisis why do we think the rest of the country would bother helping with this? How about. "WE".


james whitt jr   May 27th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

this disaster in the gulf is just another lack of oversight by the federal gov. Corperations all over the country, if not the world , have figured out that if they stonewall regulators, and courts of law they can reduce if not disreguard fines and penalties. ie. BP, Massey Energy, or any other company that wishes to ignore either, workers protection laws, or enviromental regulations. Our federal government does not have the wherewithall, [backbone] nor do they have the political pressure on them, to force them to do their jobs. by the way ,why is it that nobody is asking HALLIBURTON if this is how their blowout preventers work [or don't work]? and tell your contributors that BPwill keep the gov. in court longer fighting this penalty they are going to live!


david f. black   May 27th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Hello Larry

On tonight's show, 5/27/2010, your guest commented it was responsibile for OBAMA to limit drilling in the Gulf for now. I believe it was irresponsible for him to say that without saying that for the most part there are no backup relief wells in event of well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

We should be doing like the Norwegians do, those relief wells are required to do deep sea drilling. Whatever we saved by not doing these relief wells will be far outweighed by the cost of the cleanup for this national disaster and hurricane season is coming soon.

best regards
D. Black


henry fauteux   May 27th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Hi Larry...always enjoy the show. but plse tell me WHY isn't Thad Allen on site instead of getting second-hand info from BP, the guys responsible for this horrible catastrophe. During his latest news conference, he seemed to be out of the loop!


Snowman5   May 27th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

I think that the President is going all he can with information that BP has been providing. All these people that think he is not doing enough are the same ones that have been crying get the goverment out of our business.


nikki metrejean   May 27th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

I'm from Louisiana and I watched Larry, Moe and Curly during Katrina and every storm since. They need to Quit doing the Curly shuffle in the gulf cos I'm losing my life and all I have , my house and I'm 30 miles from the gulf and rent to fishermen and they won't BE THERE !!!!!
AND DON"T SEND IN SHEMP EITHER !!!!!!!!!


JohnX   May 27th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Why can't they use the established flow rates when the rig was pumping to determine the actual amount tha is leaking now.


Dawn   May 27th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

I guess Hillary Clinton was right! Who do you want to answer the phone in the middle of the night? Certainly not this president!!

I'm so sick of him blaming the Rep. for everything. He's been in office for
1 1/2 years. Lets start taking responsibility Mr. President.


martina   May 27th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Hello,
That is not the only site of a leak in that area. Please Larry ask if there is another leak.


JohnX   May 27th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

No the president is not acting quick enough, he should call in the Natinal guard and bring troops home to defend our wetlands and maybe pass the wars in the middle east to Israel.


Kellie Hahn   May 27th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Why would we approve drilling in such a delicate area in LA? Who approves these decisions anyways? Smart choice....NOT!!! Stop drilling for oil people !!! Come up with alternative fuel sources? Good for Obama to stop all drilling...smartest choice of his presidency !!! Oil companies don't care about the environment...just the profits in their pockets !!!!


Debra Safran   May 27th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

How many days has this oil been spewing? President Obama decides TODAY to talk about it? Are you kidding me?
I can't wait to hear what T. Boone Pickens has to says about BP. He knows as well as anything true energy expert, BP exceeded the maximum allowable operating pressure on that pipe. And why? Let's see: more oil quicker, yet riskier, thus more profits. The operating pressure on a pipeline is there for a reasons. Unfortunately, energy companies exceed it all the time. Subject to fines, but if the pipe doesn't blow, it's never an issue. Energy Operations Managers are very cavalier with respect to this issue. Similar to lighting a cigarette with natural gas blowing next to you.
Disgusting. BP should be held accountable beyond fines. Those employees and BP Management knows who they are, should be prosecuted as if they had killed a dog. And this includes the CEO. After all, those employees are shadows of their leaders. Pray for the folks, the wildlife, the environment in the gulf, and in o particular order.


Dennis   May 27th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Hey Larry You and the Mr Carville & the other guy are or not keep to speed/news keep saying why they stopped mud filing ! BP was on twice earlier news shows vp stated they ran out of product-twice . So they are going too resume,,,, duh .


Kellie Hahn   May 27th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Top kill? more like "Top Spill".......BP should be fully compensating those fisherman and like full pay salaries..... not to mention the famalies of the 11 people who were murdered for oil !!!


john doe   May 27th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

James ask him "HOW'S HE GOING TO FEEL AT THE SENATE HEARING'S??? Due time!!! USA is the way!!!


Gary   May 27th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

I think 35 days or even 2 days are to long for a response. There should have been super tankers called to suck up the oil like they did in Saudi Araba oil booms and whatever they needed when this thing started. Wait and see does not get it. And why are they stopping other oil .driling operations Its like every time we have a plane chrash we should stop flying for 6 mounths. Its all about politics.Our president should have been out there the next day getting the right people in place. get the tankers in and start sucking up the oil


Jerry from Florida   May 27th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

For his to take this long to finally say something is bizarre. He has been silent for too long. BP needs to be held accountable and pay for the disaster they created. Action should have been taken weeks ago before it reached the shore and has caused so much destruction.


jack   May 27th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

I don't trust that former Shell spokesman. To deny a collusion between certain politicians and oil corporations insults the intelligence of every CNN viewer. To say that the inspectors were not lax flies into the face of the official reports.


Kim McCormick   May 27th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Hello Mr.King...I am so angry with our government right now and I am embarrassed to say I am an American. If off, when this whole oil spill happened my husband works with nuclear plants and has a plug that could work called the govenment and spoke to yet a person who could not speak good english to tell them that he could help here. Had to deal with that perhaps who had no idea and then made several phone calls to the same "hot line" and again no one spoke english and just typed whatever. Here we are several weeks later with no result. Why do we as a country had to go thru political bull to get the job done. This is totally uncalled for. We are Americans and want to solve the problem. I am embarrassed to call myself an American after trying to help resolve this globle proboem only to speak to people who do not understand Endlish!!!!! We can help save face for our country only if the people who answered the phone knew that much. So SAD please contact us, as we fix and repair nuclear plants and why not fix this problem. We are soooooooooo concerned for our future.....please post and forward!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jenni   May 27th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Why is there no mandate for oil companys when it comes to safety.

BP should be held 100% to blame for this situation in the Gulf..

Its up to these BP people who design the wells to make sure they have a WORSE case situation in mind so they can fix any other spills.


Mike   May 27th, 2010 9:31 pm ET

The rhetoric of the President is not surprising at all. Given the most recent statistics released relative to our inability to service the interest on our national debt; the increase in the unemployment rate since his election; and the "responsible decisions" around bailouts, credits to the populace; and the insurance fiasco............the statement of responsibility is simply another statement to add to his comedic notebook. If this had happened on the shores of Chicago, would oil now be on the shores of the Windy City? I think note. But, that is the discrepancy of politicians who "are responsible" with no apparent accountability for actions when there is no personal impact to be felt or pain to those closest to the administration. Leadership? Haven't seen it as yet and do not expect to.....................


RP   May 27th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I muted my sound when it became obvious the head of Shell Oil was only concerned with putting a spin on things to benefit his own interest. Commenter Shahbaz Asif on this board made a lot more sense. Instead of oil company execs, why not have Kevin Costner talk about his oil cleaning machine, or the guy who cleaned up the same type of disaster in the Gulf. Nobody seems to be listening to them and they have solutions that work.


Rose   May 27th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Stop blaming Obama!
Looks like Halliburton/Dick Cheney sabotage to me. You should have him on and ask him about his relationship with Halliburton and what he thinks about their involvement on the well...TWENTY hours before it blew up!


martina   May 27th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

T. Bones Pickens can you tell us what will work


Gerry   May 27th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Short comment: I cannot seem to understand on why, it seems, BP sounds like the Government in control rather than my real Govt totally in control. Our country or my county nver ceae to amaze me=no sense of lessons learned in the past. We are suppose to be the SuperPower without power. Foreigners run our entire life... so disconerting..


tom   May 27th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Watching you with Boone Pickens

You haven't asked yet, if he thinks top kill is a long shot, what is the next strategy ?


Chaney, La.   May 27th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

What gets me is it just takes a person who knows what hes talking about T. Boone Pickens, I really liked what he said about this is just not the time to point fingers. President Obama needs to go to the marshes in La. and see for himself what is going on......the dignitaries and politicians need to let him experience the full effect of this disaster..... I believe he is agood man and wants to do the right thing, but he may be getting some bad advice.....


Jodie cantrell   May 27th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Question: why don't we have tankers siphoning off the top surface? It would be water and oil but isn't there technology to separate the oil and water?


grand isle girl   May 27th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

If Obama has been in charge since 'day 1' than why has little to nothing been done in 40 days? My beaches are soiled, my marshes lay rotting and the environmental impact will reach across this great nation. Thousands of families are hurting in this area. Where are the tankers with vacuums, why do our shrimp boats lay in waiting to be used, why are booms being tossed about in waves forgotten and not replaced? This area is a disaster zone. Our government has once again forgotten about their people, lands and the natural resources of this area. We were promised our governor would get what he needed. He has received about 2% of his request. This is tragic.


Christie   May 27th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Yes we need tankers out there collecting the oil and cleaning and filtering the sea water, the technology is out there now use it...where is the straw and the hair booms and the filters?


jesse hocker   May 27th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

How far from the coast is the drill / spill? Is it US waters? If it is US waters, how much money does the US make from allowing other countries to drill their waters?


R.Garner   May 27th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

BP is the second largest private sector owned oil company in the world. 2nd.
Anything larger is EXxon(Remember them) or owned 100% by the government in charge.
We are constantly messaged by Republicansd to let the private sector be. Let them do their thing and they will do the right thing.
Furthermore the Republicans tell us that government is incompetent to do anything.And that we shouldn't pay any taxes for roads/social security/wars they got us into/nothing is worth paying for if it is governement.
Let something happen (Really bad)and we have two Republican messages-"Drill Baby Drill" or "Obama too slow to have government take over from BP and clean up their mess."
Does this make sense????


hempster   May 27th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

where are the data recorders they are required on air planes why not oil rigs


Cathy   May 27th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

@Rose,
Surely you do not expect to see the Republicans bashed daily and never see a criticism of this administration. And are we so brainwashed that we feel this administration can do no wrong; it takes no intelligence to be of that mindset. None is perfect as President or otherwise. If we dish out the criticism, we need to be responsible enough to take some.


Linda   May 27th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

One term persident! All he has given is lip service. Never promises what he preaches........he fooled a lot of people! Shame on him...shame on BP........!!!!!


jack   May 27th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Now after the disaster they will dig a relief well. They should always require one be there in advance. They should have several layers of redundant safety devices at all rigs.


Maresha Foster   May 27th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Please ask Mr. Boone, why they can't blow up the hole over the well to cause a bridging over effect. Mr. Boone's comments about airlines and the oil well disaster is comparing apples and oranges; it is a false comparison because the potential damage caused by each event is drastically different.

M. Foster


Brenda B.   May 27th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

He makes me so mad I couldn't even watch him today. I knew he would walk in there and tell us how concerned he was. If my husbands company was handling a grave situation like this by spending the weekends on the golf course I would smack him. Stressed out???The American people are stressed out!!
I hear he's going to show up tomorrow and take a look around, how nice!They know you are finally coming so everything should be looking good.
He should have been there weeks ago without announcing his arrival to the press.
This is too little way, way too late.


hempster   May 27th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Obama will call in abu dabi they will clean up this mess and take over control of the gulf region


Christie   May 27th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

When you think about this issue. the Prez doesn't have a degree in engineering now does he? He is the most powerful man in the free world, but that doesn't mean he is an expect on everything. He needs to be a generalist,. in other words he needs to know a something about everything. What this calls for is a specialist., someone who know everything about one thing. The generalists need to simply suggest and direct the specialist and work together for a safe solution.


martina   May 27th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

yes you can have accidents however
BP has been fined Larry. They have been fined for safety violations. Why didnt you ask him about that.


Anne D   May 27th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Larry,
I'm not sure if the request of a couple of us to have Boone Pickens as a guest is why he's with you tonight, but thank you. It's great to hear from someone who knows what he's talking about and doesn't make it about the usual political partisan rhetoric. Thank you and let's hear from him again!


Cedric Raymond   May 27th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Finally! Thank you T.Boone, I told us what happened and what will happen.


Jasmine   May 27th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Larry, how in the world can T. Boone Pickens even try to compare the magnitude of this oil tragedy to anything else. It has caused catastrophic disasters on so many levels. He needs to take off his oil hat and realize that this has far more reaching damages than spilling oil.


RichardC   May 27th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

So far, Mr. Obama's response to the leak includes two vacations. Is that really "engaged" with the problem? I don't think so.


Mike Samples   May 27th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

It's my understanding the BOP valve requires power to shut down the well. Is this not backwards. Why are they not built normally closed and requiring power to allow flow from the well?


Nicole - Florida   May 27th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Regime shift in November. The wrath of the people will be heard....heads are gonna roll! Power to the people -vote them all out!

Outrageous disaster and mismanagement, non-involvement and utter incompetence by our federal government with our "hope and change" President at the top. What a sad joke.

Hurricane season on the way. If we get a storm in the Gulf, it's going to be a giant cocktail of oil that will be pushed ashore.

Not only am I boycotting BP, they get the middle finger as I drive by...

I am a Florida resident beside myself.


Robin   May 27th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I guess we really shouldn't be too surprised with the lack of response in the Gulf by our president. He's our least experienced commander in chief we have ever had. Incompetence comes to mind...


Eric Kauffmann   May 27th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

My father, Joe Kauffmann, almost died in an oil blowout decades ago, he dedicated his life to making sure this would never happen again. He knew T. Boone Pickens well and they both worked together when these types of disasters happened. My father has passed and seeing T. Boone Pickens so full of life has brought me memories of my father`s passion for safety on a rig. I salute T. Boone and he knows what he is saying....believe this man!


Rick   May 27th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Why can't they let the military destroy the well?


Big Mac   May 27th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

What we as human beings fail to see is that this disaster is of our own making. The greed of the oil companies, our instinct to turn away from preventative action and our position that others problems are just that – somebody else's worry. I think both BP and the government appeared to be way too slow with their response. However, this is not Obama's doing and blaming him won't change a thing. We need to hold BP accountable and suspend offshore drilling until each oil company can prove they are in compliance with all safety regulations. Then resume drilling with peridic, unannounced checks by someone that is not getting their pockets lined with gifts and incentives. Focus on the problem!


Maresha Foster   May 27th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

The Law of the Sea Treaty passed in 1982 gives nations with coastlines sovereign rights up to 330 kilometers off the coast; therefore our government needs to step in and get this leak stopped and remove BP from the scene. If this leak has been dumping up to 19,000 barrels a day that means that approximately 31 MILLION GALLONS so far!!! Blow it up, that is the only way there will be enough mass from the exploded rock to block the pressure of the oil escaping!

M. Foster


Carrilu Tietz   May 27th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

President Obama did the right thing by pulling permits and putting a moratorium in place. This industry has been corrupt for years and now is the time they clean up their act. It is time to hold all of them accountable for cutting corners and greasing the hands that we trusted. Greed is what they are all about. Americans should free themselves of this monkey on their backs and put their minds towards true clean energy. Insanity is doing the same tihing over and over again expecting a different outcome.
When will we learn?!!


Glen   May 27th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Why do they not vacuum the oil off the surface and separate it from the water? When it reaches land that it is too late to capture it


Christie   May 27th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

We as a people need to stop blaming Obama for this disaster stop saying Impeach, you all need to find ways to help...No more oil no more rig in our oceans, no more new wells. were is the technology for cleaner energy here, why are we not using it, cap the well and stop importing our our, and stop sending our oil overseas, use bio oil, recycle leave the seas alone.. this is a GLOBAL problem now.


Aruna   May 27th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Are the other big oil companies involved in the efforts to stop the leak and the clean up? Even though it is BP's responsibility.. surely the collective knowledge and skills will be more effective? It would also be good to hear their views on this inthe media.


Lorie   May 27th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

1) I do NOT understand why there aren't any tankers out in the gulf sucking up the oil – what is the delay? Everyone keeps asking this question but NO ONE seems to have the answer?

2) According to T. Boone Pickens, "BP did not do this intentionally....they aren't any different than any other company, etc". However, if this is the case why didn't they provide us with accurate information regarding the amount of oil that was leaking?

3) Why did they stop the Top Kill operation last night and not tell ANYONE about this? BP wants us to trust them and let them solve the problem, but I feel very betrayed and do not understand why there is so much secrecy?


Jay b   May 27th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

It's time to say goodbye to big oil, why should million year old fuel power today's state of the art machines.


Debbie   May 27th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

No it is not ok to have "accidents" and it is certainly not ok to have "disasters". This is not an "accident". This is the result of a series of violations that have resulted in a "disaster".

And..

Yes, BP execs should be held accountible to congress and other groups to keep them informed and to provide a detailed account of the status ect. of this situation. If BP execs don't like the heat in the kitchen they could have avoided it by complying with the regulations.

T. Boone Pickens. Your response to this "disaster" are just what I would expect from a BP bedfellow.


Beverly A. Sparkman   May 27th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

If the Federal government is doing the best it can about the BP disaster, then we're really in trouble. Look, where has the Federal government been with the effort to protect the LA wetlands?! Weeks have gone by without any decent response.

I'm more than "sad" about what is happening. This is an absolute disgrace. The American public deserves much, much more from its government.

Come on! Stop the spin. Do more, Pres. Obama, than take the responsibility. Do something!


Vicki Schwab   May 27th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

One more time....we are all culpable–not just BP. How stupid could we be to simply just watch this unfold as if it were taking place on the moon and not in our backyard. T. Bone Pickens is an oil man, of course he is not going to think BP should be hit with criminal charges. That's like a prostitute saying she wants her John to be arrested before she's gotten paid. Well, the analogy may be bad, but you catch my drift. Wake up America! Did you really think this lil ol oil spill would be fixed, pronto? Did you really think it would just happen, be over, and a few dead birds or dolphins later it would be back to business as usual? I am fed up with the lack of concern for our precious planet, for each other, for anything else besides getting ahead in our own little worlds...Get a grip before it's too late. I don't think I can handle much more of the Sarah Palins saying drill baby, drill. Who put these people in charge?


Christie   May 27th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Very nice Nicole, I live in PA and I can only imagine the fear and hopelessness, you all in the gulf feel. This is a disaster of worldwide proportions. Where is the public disclosure? Who does BP sell to I don't want to give them anymore of my money, same goes with Exxon. I have NEVER bought gas at an Exxon in my life. So why are there not post about who supplies what? This company housl be going under after this. No if and or buts


Debbie   May 27th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Fishermen of the Gulf.

You need to organize, get your boats together, go up the coast to the closes port to the white house. Call it the "Trail of a thousand tears". Block of the washington DC port and sit on the white house steps until Obama gets off his duff and does something to resolve your situation.


Kat Hayes   May 27th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I saw a piece on Utube posted by a couple of farmers that claim hay cast on the water will attract the oil, then the hay can be captured in shrimp nets, hauled off and burned as bio fuel. Any hay that makes it to shore can be harvested like sea weed. Worth a try? It's inexpensive, simple and makes sense.


john henry   May 27th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

from an oil rig worker
Met with a mate who was coming through SG.
He is to go on a job. Whilst I did not make it on that job, I take it as a sign that work picks up.
The oil spill is too deep for diver intervention. That's also part of
the reason why it takes so long to fix it. The main issue is that this
happened in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) which happens to be in the US and is run by Americans. They are years behind the equipment standards and safety etc. measures that are in place elsewhere in the offshore world. It is generally accepted that the North Sea is leading in HSE matters, Asia and the Middle East behind the NS by maybe 5 – 10 years,
West Africa and the GOM behind that for another 5 – 10 years.

The GOM also has the highest rate of divers dying on the job 😦 Last
year I think they had 5 deaths, whilst none in the NS and one in Asia.
I'm told this is the statistic for pretty much every year.

BP did not follow their own procedures. I'm not saying a massive blow
out could be prevented in every case if they would have followed them,
but they certainly would stand in a very different light if they had.
The thing is: With BP in, say, the Caspian Sea this (not following
company procedure) would be very unlikely as they hold and expect very high standards.
But BP in the US, as we now know is a slack bunch.

Why will the Government of the USA not demand the most stringent regulations of Oil companies and Wall street.

Opportunists have no concern for anything other then self gain.


RichardC   May 27th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

The comment about Obama not having a degree in engineering is right. Tehre isn't a thing HE can do about the leak that he hasn't done ... primarily placing an admiral in charge who DOES know what he's doing. But, the disaster along the coast? Much of the work that needs to be done isn't, and for political and regulatory reasons. That IS an area where Obama SHOULD be doing something. But, he's off on his second vacation during this disaster, rather than helping. I don't expect a president to be expert in all things, but this one is only expert in rhetoric. He doesn't have a clue how business, banking, the economy and such work, it now it seems he doesn't know what he SHOULD be doing to speed mitigation efforts: clearing the regulatory and political obstacles that are preventing some much needed mitigation work.


John Post   May 27th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I work for BP in Alaska. I quit them once because they didn't listen to technicians. I went to work for ARCO and BP bought us in 2000. They have had several oil spills on the north slope of Alaska and it is because they refuse to listen to experienced technicians that work closest to the valves in production facilities. They have been fined millions and been put on criminal probation! They are blue bloods and we are peasants. They make decisions from thousands of miles away from the work. They don't listen. T. Boone Pickens cannot compare an airplane crash to the Gulf spill. An airplane crash does not continue to destroy the environment after the crash. What an idiotic analogy. The BP drilling superintendent on Deepwater Horizon got into an chest bumping contest with the Transocean boss and we know who won that. 11 people are dead. BP doesn't listen to their people. How many more screwups have to happen before the federal goverment revokes their license to operate in the United States?


Noreen   May 27th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

It has been over 1 month since this disaster occurred. No matter who is to blame, the enviornment suffers. How dare anyone compare this type of disaster to a pilot error, which I heard compared on Larry King Show Thurs. evening. This well had known about debris floating on the surface for weeks prior. Why are we all sugar coating BP's responsibility?


Joe B   May 27th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Pickins is way right about the lost personel on the Horizon but the magnitude of the disaster eclipses that by many orders of magnitude.

Yes it does. This is bad, very bad.

This could potentially be an extinction level event, we all know it in our hearts, this one is super bad.

Best Wishes,

Joe


David Campbell   May 27th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

What boggles my mind is how little has been accomplished in the last 38 days towards stopping this spill. Granted it is 5,000 feet down but I wish someone could tell me why we can't get a manned deep water submarine down to the leak and either partially disassemble the BOP/wellhead and manually close that valve and stop this leaking well. Or at least guide from the surface equipment to plug the leak with hydraulic rams or stone or cement guided to the exact spots it's needed. If we can retreive a safe from the Titanic 10,000 ft down, pluck it from the ship and open it on national TV...WHY In HECK can't we stop this leak with the technology we have at our disposal?


Karen   May 27th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I'm sick and tired of people slamming President Obama as if he personally caused this. I'm tired of people wailing on BP for taking so long to fix it. Do you seriously think they are holding back a solution because the bad press is so much fun? Pres. Obama has done a great job so far. Let the best brains figure out a solution if one is to be found and save the finger pointing for later.

In the meantime I'm going to the Gulf and help our friends in LA with the cleanup.


chris   May 27th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

no i dont think he is doing enough if he truly cared bout the oil spill he wouldnt of had the workders take a 16 hr break obama would of just got to business nd just kept working on the oil spill and make so progress to help those who like to fish in the waters


Dodie   May 27th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

The downsizing of the EPA and deregulation of so many government controls over powerful corporations such as BP, created a run-away industry in which the well opened using some possible substandard parts along with dumping the well known Toxic Corexit dispersant creating a primordial ooze of death!

The oil industry specifically the oil executives are the “American exceptionalist” neo-conservative intellectuals most often driven by traditional religious faith pushed for deregulation of the oil industry behind closed doors during the Cheney/bush admin.

Even though the focus at the moment is on 'plugging' up this bio-mess, the primary issue still stands.... "deregulation of the oil industry" at catastrophic harm to ecosystems and our environment!!! Without a healthy living planet, there is no cause for life!


Chris s.   May 27th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

question is what happens when the hurricanes hit the gulf in the next 60 days and this turns into a world disaster? This is not good and the world needs to be watching this.


Richard Hubbard   May 27th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

has anyone thought of using a giant stint?Air preasure or hydrolic.


shawnetta wilson   May 27th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Honestly, can we all take a deep breath!! We need to understand that this rig didn't take 38 days to build so we shouldn't expect this disaster to magically fix at the snap of a finger!! President Obama is doing everything in his power to fix this. If he could dive 5000 ft and plug it himself I'm sure he would. Can anyone do that? No!! Nor do I believe that President Obama went to school for oil well plugging neither. In order to fix the problem he HAS to listen to others that has experience in this field. So as far as people (critics) saying that he's not doing his job..@lug your mouth!! What else can he do? This is nothing like Katrina which was a natural disaster...that couldn't be avoided..the only people to blame is BP! What us the American people need to do is support our neighbors in the south, and keep in mind that people lost family members in the mist of all this.
Have a great night!


Anne D   May 27th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Thank you, Boone Pickens, for reminding everyone of the 11 people who lost their lives in this tragedy. They have been overlooked if not forgotten and it would be interesting to know why that is. It was kind of you to remember and recognize them.


Giovanna Darco   May 27th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Case Closed:
The "Drill Baby Drill" train has left the station – it's replaced by the "Plug Baby Plug" train and Congress needs to either get on board to enforce strict regulations or just get out of the way because voters are watching closely.


Wendy FL   May 27th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

NO the president is not doing enough, smooth talk and spin will not clean the oil. Give us facts, where are the people doing the cleaning? Why is BP being allowed to shut our the press?
We didn't elect BP to protect this country, that is the president's job and is not doing his job.


Giovanna Darco   May 27th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

T Boone Pickens – a talking head for Big Oil and the lobbyists who do their dirtywork.


Beth Scherff   May 27th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Obama and his followers could not criticize Bush enough over hurricane katrina, and what has he done? all of America has been touched by both of these disasters, yet the media cares more about protecting Obama than protecting our enviroment. he's done too little too late. the people, wildlife, and beaches will pay the price. yet it seems as if the price of oil is so much more important..


Jerry Van horne   May 27th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

BP Oil Spill – Purposed solution to stopping leak

Larry...Please put this up for debate

The oil is leaking because it has a way to escape via the pipe. By remove the pipe with a wench & cable system or by reversing the process by which they installed it will collapse the hole because there will be no pipe to hold up the walls any more. That along with the pressure of 5000 ft of water will far our weigh the pressure forcing the oil up and should seal the leak to me its basic gravity at work
Simple as that


Richard Hubbard   May 27th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

A 22" balloon on the end of a preasure tube. Insert the balloon .Inflate.Fill in above with cement.


Chris s.   May 27th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

T. Boone clearly stated he backed big oil 100% so I question why he was brought on to the show as an independant view. He should have been brought on as a BP Oil Rep instead of BP Capital.


Lizzy   May 27th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

This spill is a major disaster for the environment and the impact to local fisheries & tourist industries is terrible. However America with its "I Want Compensation" and "Blame and Gain" attitude is so busy with the vitriolic attack against BP they are not focusing on using US technology and expertise in helping get it fixed or cleaned up – do it now bill BP later.

American need to remember accidents happen, they seem to forget that up to 15,000 people died. They lost there lives, whole families wiped out in a few hours due to, Union Carbide (Yes a US company), at Bhopal india in 1985. 500,000 people in all were affected by this horrific disaster – and 25 years on the land is still not clean. HOW quickly you forget America.


Becky   May 27th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

I hope everyone is watching the hundreds of vessels and thousands of people working to clean up this mess. To say that nothing is being done is just not true. At the same time, the leak has to be stopped and this is top priority. So we have two fronts in which to fight this war. The president can't do it himself, but he has summoned scientists and experts to find the quickest, safest solution. The mark of true leadership is knowing when you can't do things alone and call in the top minds in the country to help. Unfortunately, the USA is not equipped to handle this situation and our solutions are unproven. Part of the result of this tragedy will be scientific results and suggestions which will prevent this from ever happening again. God bless all of the people having their lives permanently affected by this diasater, God bless the president and God bless the USA!


Brian   May 27th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

No way Obama hasn't delivered on any of the messages of change because their is way to much going on and not enough getting done plus he has barely done anything and has only been down there once before this time come on everyone needs to wake up and not play the race card Obama has been screwing up way too much stop defending him because the color of his skin also this seems kinda the same with Bush & Katrina,


NOLAMAN GREG   May 27th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Larry, It is a horrible mistake to consider all oil companies operating methods the same. I worked in the oilfied for twenty eight years, starting as a field engineer. I have worked with most oil companies and I see the difference. The difference is vast.
When the truth comes out we will see that short cuts were taken and recommendations by knowledable people were not followed. Technically, I don't think the well was "dead" when the cement on the combination casing string was pumped. Also, my speculation was BP did not pump "bottoms up," a standard procedure. Furthermore, I question the amount of cement, looks like the volume was low to me.
I don't think the top kill will work, I hope I am wrong. Looks like they are just pumping drilling mud on the ocean floor. The "junk shot " is a long shot at best.
They need to remove that riser and try to run a workstring (pipe) into the well. Hopefully, they can lower the pipe below the BOP stack. If they can get below the BOP then the options are good.
I read a few of the other comments. It is a fact that HALLIBURTON does not own or operate the BOP's. However, Halliburton did the cement job, probably to BP's specs. I find it hard to believe that Halliburton would not mix and pump enough cement to bring the top of the cement above the open hole and into the string above's lap area. I do think Halliburton has lost expertise since they let go much of their experienced cementing people. Just my opinion.
I welcome comments,
Thanks,
Greg


Larry   May 27th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

For the first 36 days of this disaster Obama's administration has blamed BP for the issue (rightfully so) and stated BP is in charge. Now that the political situation is becoming a crisis to Obama, he is now saying that they have been in charge from day 1 and if anyone thinks differently they don't know the facts. Admit the real facts, fix the problem and quit being so concerned about the politics. Hope, change and transparency seem like sound bites now.


Bren   May 27th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

I live on the east coast of Florida and have always been against off shore drilling. When this first happened I e-mailed my concerns on a CNN blog about the possible consequences. My worst nightmare has come true and the people of Louisiana, for sure, and possibly the other gulf states and ALL citizens of the US will pay a bitter price. For example, Florida grows fruits and vegetables among other products for many parts of the US during the winter. The Florida Keys provide ingredients for various medicines. Florida seafood is enjoyed by many and sea products are used in many different ways. Gorgeous beaches,watersports,cruises,and Disney among many, many other things are available to all who visit. Imagine the consequences to so much if Florida becomes a victim of the spill. Pray and help those in Lousiana and pray the other US coasts will be spared.


jack   May 27th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

I can't understand why over 15 countries which wanted to assist the clean up efforts were denied access. One would think that every ship that could be put into the area to clean up that horrible death-pool would be welcome. True the efforts need to be coordinated, but that what we specialists and leaders are hired to take care of. This is going painfully slow, and the enormity of the spill is becoming even larger, as a huge plume under water is also spreading far out into the Gulf waters.


Kathie   May 27th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

For nearly 37 days little has been heard from our president. apparantly campaigning for the coming elections was more important than attending to this disaster. Now he is again giving eloquent speeches and lots of lip service–kidda like locking the barndoor after the horse gets out. BP doesn't seem to know what it is doing and their actions have been chaotic at best. Obama apparantly hasn't been listening to Mr Carville, Sen Bill Nelson, Gov Jindal, the residents affected who have been consistenly relating the need for action. Now this ocean is destroyed, wildlife/fish/dolphins/ sharks/turtles dead or dying, habitat destroyed, pelican eggs covered with oil. BP apparantly only had dollar signs in mind when building a rig that exploded. Criminal charges need to be brought against the MMS and BP! This disaster should have never happened - remember BP said this could never happen and they had a disaster plan which were blatant lies. BP has been allowed to hide photos, determine what informatin would be leaked and be in control of their chaotic plan, etc and Obama wants us to believe he is in charge. I think not!


mandy   May 27th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

No he has not responded like he should. This oil spill is his "Katrina"!He has waited to long to do anything. The government has failed the Gulf Coast again!

Also has Obama even considered what the impact is going to be on families and the ecomony after he shuts down the rigs for six months? I hope the government has enough money to help the oil rig workers pay their bills.


Smith in Oregon   May 27th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Tonight T. Boone Pickens a long time Oil man speculated it was 'a improper cement job' that caused the TransOceanic deep sea Oil rig to explode, sink and caused the current Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

I fully agree, and I have repeatedly pointed out and stated, of ALL ocean rig explosions when fully investigated as to 'cause' found in nearly EVERY case that improper cementing of the well head casing caused that explosion.

Former Vice President's friend and fellow board member Halliburton was conducting the Cementing job on the well head for BP/TransOceanic when the rig exploded.

I agree with T. Boone Pickens, it appears that old Dick (shooter) Cheney's buddys in Halliburton were the culprits and should be called up on criminal Manslaughter charges in their negligence which caused the deaths of 11 Oil rig workers.


Joyce   May 27th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Yes, I think President OBama is doing every thing he possibility can do. Don't forget this well is 5,000 feet down. Our government does not have anything that can fix this. Don't blame this mess on Obama. Its BP's Baby. They should have to pay threw the nose, for this mess. And, ... continue to pay for years to come. Their recklessness caused this. They have lied from day one. The first two weeks they were more worried about their image, with the media, than
the spill. Also, remember, President Bush was told repeatly he was not doing enough about the environment. The oil companies ran amuck in the twelve years Bush was in power. The congressional hearings will be a joke.
Congress has been taking big money from the Oil companies for years. BP will get a slap on the hand. Don't let this happen.
When will the American people wake up? The Oil companies, the
Health Insurance companies, and the Pharmaceutical Companies,
run this country. Nothing will change until our elected officials, stop
holding out their hands, to these big industries. The average person,
can not be heard, because there are 6 lobbist per company, blocking the door to your congressman. Contact your congressman, and make sure BP pays.


KC   May 27th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

It is AMAZING to me how we (United States) can help every other country that has any kind of disaster!!! However, when it comes to our own backyard, we just sit and do nothing!! This will have a MAJOR impact on our environment in this region....the animals and sea life along the coast, seafood industry, the tourist industry, resturants, ALL of the employees, etc. This will in turn affect our economy, with more lost jobs & foreclosures.


Anne D   May 27th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

@Jack,
I asked the same question a few days ago. I know Saudi Arabia and several other countries have offered help. We helped Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf spill so I am really curious as to why we are not accepting those offers.


sherri   May 27th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Why did BP and the government not take immediate action! Why with all of the resources that are available to BP and to the Obama administration has it taken five weeks and counting to still have "possibly" no end in site to this terrible tragedy. Why did they not send a fleet of tankers with suction pumps to the site to start taking the oil out of the water as soon as they knew that the oil was spewing into the ocean! Why have they not in my opinion and many others opinions , not done anything for the last five weeks! Its really sad that in this so called world of technology ,and all of the so called advances in science and engineering that this disaster could have been avoided if only the proper permits and procedures were followed and if an alternate safety valve was installed. My heart bleeds and is very sad for the families that lost loved ones and for all of the people who are affected by this. Most of all," God help all of the helpless species that inhabit the ocean and call it home, God help them all."


Mark L   May 27th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

T.Boone Pickens is so out of touch with reality due to his billions (and his greedy corporate takeovers in 80's), he thinks the oil companies are just the greatest thing since slice bread. Why, because his equity funds invest in oil like HALILIBURTON, remember that one.

Larry, please fnd somebody else who does not have a conflict of interest. I'm not impressed with this guy and he needs to get a check up from the neck up. Our wetland, marshes and gulf waters are dying by the minute from oil and toxic soup dispersements. We will never recover from this in our generation – just look at Exxon Valdez- still effects 20+ years later.

On a side note, you can drill baby drill all you want and we will still be the number one importer of oil. We don't have the reserves available to sustained our consumption, we will always be dependent on OPEC unless we gradually shift to other energy resources.


Mark   May 27th, 2010 11:24 pm ET

I find it amazing at how many people are blaming the President. If nothing had gone wrong there would not be a single person saying the President should be changing this and that.

It is a little late to be jumping on the band wagon after the gulf is full of oil. Proactive not reactive.

How many people drove to the grocery store today? How many people rode their bike to the store? As a society we are all responsible for this. BP, Shell, Exxon.... they are drilling there because of the thirst for oil.

It would have cost BP $1 Billion to have that well producing commercially if nothing had gone wrong. What is sad one day they will be back in that field and it will be making them money.

Other wells in the fields BP has around there are producing 40,000 bbls a day. That is at a restricted rate so the production zone isn't damaged. This well is producing more then 40,000 bbls a day


Ted Moore   May 27th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

Why not use a deflated basket ball to stop the leak? Deflate the ball use a robotic arm to push it into the broken pipe and then inflate the ball from above. Think about it. If you want to stop up a sewer pipe, get a ball into it and see what happens.

Simple and easy to do.

Ted


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Yes, President Obama is an unknown quantity. He has yet to prove himself. I never heard of President Obama before until I heard that he was made President. I was thinking, where did he come from, it was like he just appeared suddenly.

This disaster will be a test for him and it could make or break him on how he handles it.

It does seem like a slow reaction thing going on as was the case in Hurricane Katrina.

People are expecting a lot from their leaders afterall.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

The thing that gets me is........they can mobilize fairly quickly.........if it is to do with war........but if it is to do with matters closer to home........it is like their feet are leaden and weighted down. They can't move fast enough.


Dodie   May 27th, 2010 11:37 pm ET

@Jack, and Anne D

Good Question.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

With all the smart technology being invented at a fast rate.........how is it that no-one has come out with a mode of transport.........that is not dependent on fossil fuel.

I heard that some-one was trying to develop a car that can run on water etc........ Maybe it may take years to develop something.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 27th, 2010 11:48 pm ET

Maybe this is a terrible lesson in deregulation practices. REAP WHAT YOU SOW!!!!!!!! Sadly.


Reda Graham   May 27th, 2010 11:53 pm ET

Was this drilling operations started 18 months ago? Here is President Obama mopping up more Bush – Chaney mess. I remember controversy over a closed door meeting Cheney had with a bunch of oil men that no one received information about their discussions. What was that about? Where is Cheney? He is very quiet now when before he was all over tv. Send him and Bush down to stop the leak – they were in charge when the agreements were made with their oil buddies.


chris matthon   May 28th, 2010 12:05 am ET

I don't understand why there is no safety valve or valves at the base of the well and why are they not pumping concrete into the well head instead of mud? All BP is doing is waisting time till the relief well is drilled there is no real solution to cap it and there never has been! Where the ocean is concerned they should suspend ALL off shore drilling until there is solution and focus on renewable resources. The first country to go all green will pull them selves out off debt buy selling the blue prints for how to do it , not to mention all the new jobs that it will create . I am just a guy from Canada that thinks the President can make something like this happen.


Kathleen S.   May 28th, 2010 12:06 am ET

Hello Mr. King,
T. Boone Pickens said on your show tonight that the only thing he thinks will work is drilling the second well. Why didn't BP start this over a month ago? Why hasn't there been a viable alternate solution after all this time? If these questions were asked, I wonder what Mr. Pickens would have said. I read an article today by Greg Bluestein and Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press, and they noted BP said drilling the second well is the only permanent solution.

This being the worst oil spill in U.S. history appeared evident to me long before today. This isn't just an oil spill – the oil hasn't been stopped from coming out of the well! It's unacceptable the oil well hasn't been capped yet. It's a tragic disaster and catastrophic beyond measure.
The 11 men killed, the devastation of the Gulf – people's livelihoods, the sea life, birds, the shoreline and beyond into the communities. It's hard to believe the Gulf and surrounding regions will ever recover and who knows how far the oil is spreading out into the ocean. It makes me sick to think about it. The coastal states and all the wildlife in the Gulf need all the help they can get.


John H   May 28th, 2010 12:10 am ET

It's a wonder anyone is willing to run for president. Sooner or later something is going to occur that you didn't cause but are expected to fix. I'm not an Obama fan but neither am I really willing to feed him to the fishes. He doesn't have the proper wrench to fix this thing himself. Perhaps no one does but he does need to lead. This situation has such terrifying potential consequences that it almost is beyond comprehension. I have been a fan for T. Boone Pickens for some time and would like to nominate him for Oil Spill Czar. At least he has some understanding of the subject.


Joseph R. Levi   May 28th, 2010 12:10 am ET

President Obama,

There are numerous oil tankers floating, filled with oil, off the coast of the United States. I urge Obama to empty these tankers into the National Reserves immediately so that these tankers, in conjunction with the numerous dredging vessels located throughout the US, can begin to skim the plume as fast as it arrives to the surface. President Obama, please take control of all of BP's tankers and bring them to the Gulf under martial law. Institute federal emergency actions, commadeer pumping vessels/dredgers/tankers and get the oil out as fast as possible.

Welcome to your Katrina X 1,000,000,000


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 28th, 2010 12:11 am ET

If, as a blogger has mentioned, that President Obama has wanted to stop oil drilling........and this incident has happened after he has said this........well I think there could possibly be a case of sabotage here.


Bill from Louisiana   May 28th, 2010 12:15 am ET

I think the President's response to this disaster makes good sense. He hasn't attacked BP and forced them into a defensive posture and he hasn't flown down to New Orleans for a photo op. Instead he has smoothly and diplomatically demanded that BP fix the problem and remained a firm voice for caution while they do. In short, he has acted presidential.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 28th, 2010 12:18 am ET

They are all running for cover it seems. Rats deserting a sinking ship.

From watching the video clips, I think this was an exploratory well and was not in production, and the drilling possibly started in January.

It is too late for anything now.........the damage has been done already. The big question is........do they suspend all ocean drilling now and in future.


Loyd Haffey   May 28th, 2010 12:19 am ET

I have over 50 yrs in the drilling industry and have been the man in charge of drilling on losts of locations.

BP through neglet and ignoring BOP equipment deficency continued their operations. They could have set a bridge plug, sealing the well alowing them to repair and or replace the bops. There must be some serious problems with the equipment when they don't even apear to connect new hydraulic accumulators to activate the BOPs. They can connect new mud lines, so the can hook in new hydraulic lins to the BOPs.

They continued operations playin Russian roulet


paul   May 28th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Why is the media letting Dick Cheney off the hook? Secret meetings with the oil industry,staffing the Minerals Management Service, Halliburton no bid contracts, why aren't you asking him what he did?


johnson   May 28th, 2010 12:20 am ET

No i don't approve of his response and now the he has accepted responsibility – YOUR FIRED! clean out your office and get out!


Corby Stepanski   May 28th, 2010 12:24 am ET

Obama is completly left in the dark. He is living in a fantasy world. His cabinet is telling him what he wants to hear and he is eating it up. He looked totally misinformed today in his press conference and answered almost every question with his generic side step. I live on the gulf coast and feel completly fed to the wolves of the oil industry.


megan mary olander   May 28th, 2010 12:25 am ET

could a guy lighting a cigarette on the rig w/ gas coming up w/ the oil blow up the rig? This is the comment I heard from one of our retail reps in Jacksonville, Miss.


jack   May 28th, 2010 12:29 am ET

@Dodie... Got that ole primordial death ooze blues.


Adam   May 28th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Seems to me they should be trying to inflate something in the pipe but what do I know. Why are these people talking about how much money they are spending on the clean-up? These idiots don't seem to realize that noone cares how much they are spending, they should spend whatever it takes to fix the situation even if it means bankrupting the company. And where is the military? I dont care what they say the coast guard is not the military. It's funny how the government will jump right on bailing out white collar criminals but drag their feet when it comes to something like this. I wonder how many government officials have taken payoffs or "gifts" from BP. Stop studying why it happened and how it's going to affect the environment and get it fixed. Where is John Wayne when we need him?


Lois A.   May 28th, 2010 12:35 am ET

Pres. Obama is such a great speaker, but that's about it. He needs to start doing instead of just talking about what might be tried. As other people have said, our country offers, and gives mightily to other nations at times of disasters. But nothing gets done here. It's time we start taking care of our people and our country.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 28th, 2010 12:40 am ET

Another big question is........what will we have learnt from this........and what measures will be taken and put in place.......... to prevent this type of thing ever happening again.


Marcia Jones   May 28th, 2010 12:46 am ET

Sound like T Boone needs to sit or head an 'active action committee" he's got ALOT of useful insight ...AND isn't playing the blame game


JDS   May 28th, 2010 12:46 am ET

There are a lot of people who need to hear more from experts who really understand drilling for oil at all,much less a mile deep in the ocean.
I do not defend BP at all. They created a catastrophe by apparently being careless and negligent.
But all the crazy people popping off about stopping the leak– before they finish the relief wells are only showing their ignorance.
There is enough ignorance on display. News agencies are really falling down on providing information. And it is to the detriment of us all!!


Robert Pailes   May 28th, 2010 12:50 am ET

Put this on the air now! Pickens compares an airline accident where 300+/- lives are lost to a drlling accident which causes the loss of livelihood to thousands of families, loss of habitat, loss of wildlife, millions of gallons of oil pouring into the gulf of mexico. GIVE ME A BREAK. With that one statement he loses credibility on this issue!!


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 28th, 2010 12:51 am ET

Good Lord, how many oil drilling disasters have there been over the years, I'm not sure..........then along comes the big one when we were least expecting it..........to blow us all out of the water.

Sorry, if I seem to be putting some humour in here.........but this just wants to make one weep. Where did it all go wrong.........and was it an accident just waiting to happen or plain human error or somethingelse beyond their control.

I hope the truth comes out on this and we get to the bottom of it and learn something although it could be all too late now.


Dodie   May 28th, 2010 12:52 am ET

@ Jack

Swampy Ooze Original Blues with Slide Guitar is music to my ears....


Steven   May 28th, 2010 12:53 am ET

T Boone Pickens is the voice of reason and experience. The first comments on this disaster that makes sense


Cathy   May 28th, 2010 12:54 am ET

T. Boone mentioned something I've been wondering all along... Why has there been NO mention of the 11 men who lost their lives in the explosion? It's like they didn't matter. They've just been forgotten. Very strange and very sad.


ronda   May 28th, 2010 12:58 am ET

No, I don't approve.


Tony Bernard   May 28th, 2010 12:58 am ET

I'd like to ask. What happens to all the oil in the gulf when the hurricane season comes.


Shawn   May 28th, 2010 1:07 am ET

Enough with the spin doctoring!! It's not a spill!! You spill a glass of milk. Quit avoiding the important issue – the environment. Everything else is a PR distraction, i.e. the regional economy, the fisherman, the cost in terms of barrels of oil. It's all nonsense...the critical issue is the environment and don't let the Oil machine dupe you into focusing on anything else. Be outraged and demand immediate restitution from Haliburton and BP.


Tina   May 28th, 2010 1:08 am ET

I was so glad to hear T. Boone Pickens express his disappointment that the 11 oil rig men killed have hardly been mentioned. When miners are missing the media is camped out for days, interviewing folks, showing pictures, etc. Almost nothing has been said or done for these brave men or their families. Also when there is a mining accident, we don't start screaming to shut down all the mines. Why is it different for the oil industry and their families? People who want to stop drilling and production of our oil and gas don't realize that it involves more than just gasoline for our vehicles. Everything plastic, synthetic materials, medicines, cosmetics, ink, etc. comes from oil by-products. Get real people...... we need oil and natural gas, and we need to be trying to become independent, and utilize our own resources.


Dodie R.   May 28th, 2010 1:29 am ET

@ Jack

With visions of 'drill baby drill' floating around in my head.....


Kevin   May 28th, 2010 1:55 am ET

Mr. President, To contain oil at such depths will be accomplished by containing/surrounding the area at the ocean floor and guilding the oil release to the surface where it can be pumped/skimmed. How you ask? Really quite simple. Lower a series of steel cabling, surrounding the radius of the plume and anchoring these cables to the ocean floor. These cables will be secured at the surface with barges and tankers, in the ready position for recovery. Next lower a containment, outside the perimeter of these cables, utilizing them as a "cabled wall" to control collapse down to the ocean floor where it too will be anchored. This containment could perhaps be steel caging, as the cold temperatures and viscosity of the oil will create it's own "sludge wall" to allow the majority of the spill to float to the surface wher it will be gathered. The cage can be attached to the cabling & lowered in sections for simplicity. Plugging the pipe?? Let's get serious and simplify this solution and get it done so that we can move on to clean up!! Enoughs enough already!!


Lori   May 28th, 2010 3:12 am ET

I voted for Obama.....I am sad to say I am so disappointed in him for the first time


AmyN   May 28th, 2010 3:14 am ET

Sorry, Obama, I voted for you, but holding meetings and getting briefed in the Oval Office doesn't constitute involvement for me. Stop talking and start doing. It's time you earned that Nobel Peace Prize.


Nana Brown   May 28th, 2010 3:15 am ET

President Obama is just a great mortal who is doing the best he can. The BP oil spill is not his doing, he acted as fast as any mortal could. Our country has been cursed by all the innocent blood that has been spilled by our last President. May God guide and help our country through it's darkest days. Lets get real and wake up call for our actions.
What does that drill baby drill woman have to say now ?


James MacNaughton   May 28th, 2010 3:23 am ET

It is very sad that we have someone in the whitehouse with no practical experience in handling emergency situations. Who has a history thru out his career of handling everything the same way... make the taxpayers pay! As a person raising funds with flowery speaches he is great ! Obama is not a leader of men he is a leader of special interest fund raising. We need a leader to handle this bp issue


Debbie   May 28th, 2010 3:32 am ET

It's time for Americans to seize the oil industries profits for all of the environmental damage and human harm they have caused over the years. They have ignored the EPA and any and all laws here in the U.S. They make so much money and have no fear of the law. They are fined billions and tie up the courts in litigations only to pay a few thousand in fines and restitution. The truth is that they are richer and more powerful than the government. Texas is a prime example of their arrogance and disregard for the environment and human life.


sheena bodechon   May 28th, 2010 3:37 am ET

ok so we have an issue here that will not only affect the gulf but also many other areas of the world. cleaning up this mess is not going to be easy at all and stressing is not the way to go about this either wheather or not obama is doing enough is a question many have asked i have read many of these of comments and i agree with some of them we need action and all it takes is a few good idea's so here's mine although i may not have much knolwladge of the spill judgeing by the pictures on lkl tonight the oil pipeline is punctured in many ways and the pipe line is to far down for any human to reach but what if( and i know things simalar to this have been done before) cwe send machines down and take another sheet of reinfored steel big enough to cover the section of pipe line damaged and screw it in place like a bandaid untill we as a people and a whole have time to come up with a long term solution it may not work and i may have absoultly no clue as to what comes after it but like many others have said an idea is what we need and this is my idea work or not if top kill does not work then we may be sitting in the smae place 38 days from now with more wild life killed. take it or leave it but at least some people are trying to think and some times all it takes is an out of the box idea and a set of eyes on the out side.


OneBentChick   May 28th, 2010 3:39 am ET

I think they called him " NOBAMA", as of now..... I am Republican, with some vary of beliefs in both parties, but I am SEVERELY dissapointed in how NOBAMA is handling the situation. He was more concerned about a "Heckler" up in Northern California, to a guy he "swore he saw in LA", that is awesome that he can remember someone he insults, but doesn't seem to be doing anything for the Gulf Coast.....They have been through so much between Katrina, they just got "stabilized" again, and now most of them may lose their business's again! And Larry just made a good point 16 months ago he was sworn in, our troops were to be home within 16 months?? HMMM... Also, for Memorial day, he is going back to Chicago, as opposed to being at the ceremony in Arlington... Those people (troops) put their lives on the line for us to have freedom, and he, being Commander in Chief, can't take a few hours out of a day to honor our fallen soldiers. I mean, Bush was there every year with the exception of 1 year.

You said you were bringing them home, so keep one of your promises, NOBAMA,,,,,, I think it should be MANDATORY than ANY PRESIDENT at least served in the military..It should not even be a ??

So, no Obama is facing his first "real homeland national crisis, and is so choking on the Gulf Spill"!
North Carolina


Byron Greenberg   May 28th, 2010 4:08 am ET

When people get on an airplane they accept the risk.
Animals don't have a choice when humans murder them with, among other things, oil.
I hope never to hear or see T-Boone again.


irina verney   May 28th, 2010 5:19 am ET

Mr. Obama should have involved the navy as of day 1. They have the equipment and know-how.

He spent 10 days only talking about that BP will have to pay. This was and is not the issue. The courts can decide that.
The Gulf Coast is the issue and they were not heard by Mr. Obama, which is sad, indeed.
Sincerely
Irina


Bill Clemmons   May 28th, 2010 5:30 am ET

It turns out that the crisis in the Gulf is not about oil. It's about starch. President Obama does not have enough starch for the job.


Fesihaye Misgen   May 28th, 2010 5:31 am ET

Hello Larry, i am sorry for those who lost their life. It is states full resposibillity. But let me ask you and former shell co. Ceo, why you peoples dont talk on Naigerias rivers damage which coused by Mobill and Shell? Becouse it is Africa? Those Oil co. dosn't care about enviroment. They just see only how to collect money only. i am happy it is not in poor countrys. What could we do if it was there?


Brian   May 28th, 2010 5:55 am ET

Larry, congratulations on having T Boone on your show last night, it was refreshing to hear someone talk about this horrible situation that actually knows something about the industry.


CHACHIE DUPUY   May 28th, 2010 6:52 am ET

SUPERTANKERS – last night the former Pres of Shell Oil suggested getting supertankers in the Gulf for clean-up NOW. Why aren't we hearing discussions and actions taken on this???? PLEASE FOLLOW-UP ON THIS ANGLE!! WE ARE DYING AND SO IS THE GULF!! The world just doesn't know it yet.
Chachie Dupuy


MadAngry   May 28th, 2010 7:46 am ET

Wow. Did oBOMBa ever blow it last night at the press conference. Now I know he aint no superman or nothing but I expected that he would have presented himself as a "man with some kind of plan," not so much for "closing the damn hole," but I thought at least he would have had some encouraging words for the poor folk down along the Lousianna Coast who have been stranded down there crying for help as they watch the "black gold" creep up their beaches and into the marshlands killing eveything in sight including their livlihoods and their towns. Not one word did he utter regarding shoreline protection., that is, until some concerned reporter bought the question up. oBOMBa's response was to let US all know that his focus is (and apparently always has been ) to stop the hole. My question to him then would have been "But Mr President, why cant we do both." Hummm. No good at multi-tasking, eh? I told you oBOMBa never gave a dam about the working class, the poor OR the environment, and his true colors came out last night,....and it aint black and it aint white or anything in between,...oBOMBs true colors are what they have always been and that is varying shades of money and/or BP green. Good-bye America we loved you, hello to the United Corporate States of America, and the same old IOUSA.


LLC   May 28th, 2010 8:04 am ET

The reporting and "knowledge" base of the reporters and viewers is skewed by lack of understanding of whats really happening.. Is it a an environmental disaster.. YES.. Can the coast and marshes recover?? YES... It will take time and money..
We as a nation are dependent on oil, there are no alternative energy sources that will support our needs as a nation... We will and have to drill unless the country comes to a halt.. Go back to the oil embargo of 1974., It was terrible..
The oil companies do try to drill and drill responsibly, there are situations where as they encounter problems and have to solve on the fly... Much like any of us who have traveled in an automobile.. New tires, maintenance up to par.. Yet we have a blowout of tire..
Agree with T. Boone, this is not the time for politics.. You all our energy and resources and stop the blowout.. Then sit down and identify the flaw and fix going forward..


gerald Jolly   May 28th, 2010 8:16 am ET

NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

President Obama, is responsible for the oil disaster in the gulf.

Even thought he was not President at the time, he is responsible for the Katrina disaster.

Althought he has never worked or been employed on Wall Street there is no dount that the Stock market crash is all his fault.

If it was'nt for his complicity on the weather front all the devestation and death from the tornados would not have occured.

Spring and summer of 2009, where fires raged in California, were undoubtedly caused by President Obama.

There is absolute proof that President Obama colluded with the New York Bomber and taught him how to construct the explosive devices in that S.U.V.

The individual that atempted to blow up that airplane that landed in Detroit was coached by President Obama.

And every MORONIC FOOL that believes the above post is just about as stupid as stupid can get.

Blaming President Obama for acts of nature or negligent behavior, can only mean that some folks think he is GOD ALMIGHTY, or a servant of LUCIFER.

WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH IDIOTS THAT WOULD BELIEVE SUCH CRAP>

GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!


Ted   May 28th, 2010 8:35 am ET

There are a lot of irresponsible blogs here, people shooting of their mouth without thinking first!

Barack Obama is the President of this country, he has a lot more to do outside watching the oil spill in the Gulf.
His job is to lead and to delegate, not to run around and organize the stopping the gush and cleaning up the mess.
That is the job of the Dept. of Interior, where is that Salazar dud? Or a few more other sections of the government.
He also doesn´t go to Iraq and Afghanistan to run the war, we have the Dept. of Defense for that and all those generals.

Instead of blaming the government, they are not in the oil business, lean on BP and the oil industry to make sure they will pay the full costs of this horrific "accident" and make sure it will not happen again.

Saudi Arabia cannot help, it is the anglo/american companies who run the production there, just like in the Gulf.
You cannot ask yourself for help!


gerald Jolly   May 28th, 2010 8:39 am ET

HOT FLASH FOLKS.

It's true.

President Obama, has now been elevated to the position of "GOD OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"

TEA BAGGERS, and REPUGNANTS, now say that only a "GOD" can reverse the devastation in the GULF and are now praying to the new GOD in the Whitehouse to perform a miracle. and REVERSE THE OIL FLOW.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, and PITY THE MORONS THAT ARE BLAMING OUR PRESIDENT FOR THE TRAGEDY IN THE GULF.


Anne D   May 28th, 2010 9:07 am ET

@Kathleen S,
They have begun drilling another well. It will take some time to reach the necessary depth.


CChapman   May 28th, 2010 9:31 am ET

This has now become the worse environmental disaster is U.S. history, why? Who decided to "stop" burning the top oil days after the platform exploded, this would have helped prevent the contamination of "our" shores. Why is President Obama not calling in tankers to skim the oil from the water? We know this has worked in the past to help lessen the after effects. But BP executives don't want that. THIS is America, we have the right to call in who ever or what ever we want in order to protect our country. President Obama has sat back and watched as this has unfolded and NOW he is concerned? What a joke, this is unbelievable. He should have called in tankers the day that we knew oil was leaking and our shorelines and environment would suffer from this. BP could reclaim the oil from the tankers and our wildlife and fishermen would not be suffering nearly as bad. Now our shores, marshlands and fishing grounds are ruined and for how many years? BP, their affiliate and our own government are to blame for what WE as Americans are going to suffer because they all put the U.S. second to this horrific disaster. The government won’t allow “land” drilling where we know oil is at, so now our water ways are paying for it, way to go Obama and cabinet!


Sherry in Philadelphia   May 28th, 2010 9:37 am ET

It is beyond sad as to what is going on in the Gulf right now!!But it is even scarier as to what is going to happen when hurricane season begins in that area.
What are we going to do then when this oil is being slung all over the place?


Eileen D., Rockaway Park, NY   May 28th, 2010 10:16 am ET

He takes responsibility, huh? The plea for sympathy will not surfice here, we got too many future health problems on the horizon. Mr. Obama, who I love and voted for and told he has to stop being the world beater and uphold the constitutuion! Period. These oil companies have been getting away with all kinds of negligence– compliments of the U.S. Government and our Court system. In fact you had one big wig on your show just yesterday who had the gaul to say when responding to criminal investigation question that: "Listen, they had eight good years of nothing happening. . ." A statement of such arrogance can be found nowhere, 11 lives were lost, what poart of that don't they understand, why because they are comfortable? 11 lives were lost from negligence that they have been getting away with for years. Unfettered by the Government or by the Courts, who have formed such a brotherhood with each other (they're all lawyers) that justice is practically no longer present in this Country, it has become all about the bucks. Viva la dollar! He takes full responsibility? Oh no you won't Mr. President, will all due respect, I voted for you, but this will not be quelled by your humble noble request for sympathy. 11 lives were lost from negligence and if only the American people would just look into their Court systems at some of these decision, they would be horrified beyond belief.


IKHAN   May 28th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks.
@Jack,@Dodie.
I have said it before right in the beginning & I would say it again as @Jack raises this question. We have to enlist the help of International community without further loss of time.
Somehow I have the feeling that the full extent of this catastrophe is either not getting thru or deliberately being played dawn at various levels. The impact would be global if & as some experts are saying now, that it could take another month to contain the well.
@Rose. I agree
besides looking into the criminal liability aspect of this disaster, circumstances surrounding the issuance of permit to BP in the first place, need to be made public.


Mary Brooks   May 28th, 2010 6:49 pm ET

Please explain to me as a citizen of this Divided States of America why ANY president is responsible for EVERYTHING that goes on in this country ? What IS President Obama supposed to do regarding the oil spill ? Did he build it ? Did he cause the so-called explosion ? Finally, why did it happen ? Why didn't the company that built these contraptions have a CUTOFF switch perhaps to prevent this from happening ? What 's being done in case there's another explosion. Might this be a sad case of KARMA ?


gerald Jolly   May 28th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

@ C Chapman, your suggestion is not a viable solution, if you know anything about viscosity, you would know that if pumps were set up on large tankers, what those suction pumps would do is suck up the least viscus material, (ie) gulf salt water

Sorry to inform you, but a suction pump scenario just would not work.


Dodie Ryan   May 28th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

@ Ted, Smith in Oregon, IKHAN, Gerald, Jack, Rose, Jessie and Anne D.

One more possible aberrant dimension of concern....with copious bio-mass decomposing (plants and animals) a possible anomalous de facto due to massive contaminants could create a new strain of bacterial disease which we have no antidote

The full ramifications of this tragedy could tear at the fabric of our complacency!


Anne D   May 28th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

@Hi Dodie,
That's a very good point and something that could very likely happen. This tragedy will lead to many more tragedies; one has to wonder just where and how it will end.
Take care my friend.


Dodie Ryan   May 28th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

@Anne D
What a tragedy!

Let me know when you plan to be here. Nice to see you on LKL.
Stay healthy my friend!


Anne D   May 28th, 2010 11:22 pm ET

@Dodie,
I will definitely keep you posted and hopefully I will be there soon.
You stay well also; I think I'm calling it a night soon. Have a good holiday weekend.


Dodie   May 28th, 2010 11:32 pm ET

@ Anne D.

Give me a phone call when you come back out! Looking forward to seeing you again. Take care my friend and enjoy your weekend!


David Denman   May 29th, 2010 1:05 am ET

I think the American people can say, his response to anything at this point means nothing, he will not even respond to what the people want and as long as he remains president, we can count on nothing we want, but what the traders of this country want.

I challenge him with questions, that no one ask! why do the people have no say so? and why do they not listen to what we want.?

He works for us, not the other way around. taxes, taxes, taxes, is where his pay comes from., from us. How dare any President who thinks he is above us.


E Johnson   May 29th, 2010 1:08 am ET

There is something very odd about what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico. Another oil plume is flowing? Waterways and airspace are being closed? Fisherman that offer to pitch in to assist with clean up are being met with silence? No super tankers are being used to remove oil from the ocean? Are they deliberately keeping the presence of human beings to a minimum?

I hope that I am paranoid. But IS there something much worse about this situation that we are not being told? How stable is the underground well area after such a massive explosion?

Misinformation, omission of facts, and not using all viable resources during a disaster of this magnitude is... very troubling.


claudia   May 29th, 2010 3:50 am ET

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. Albert Einstein

Perhaps its time for disclosure from President Obama to see what wonderful gifts of producing free energy our galactic friends can reveal to release mankind's dependence on all polluting fuels affecting our environment.


Enrico DellAngelo   May 29th, 2010 4:19 am ET

Hi Larry

I appreciate very much watching to your open minded tv program. Yesterday listening to T. Boone Pickens analysis of the situation about the oil spill, I was not surprised that he did not spend a word in favor of neither the nature disaster nor the poor people leaving on the coasts. Shame on him because as a former oil executive he must have contributed to the creation of such a catastrophe. Did he think an istant about the fishers, the birds covered of oil and the natural beauty coasts polluted and devastated?

How can a big company claim innocence when in their project do not foresee an emergency plan for the worst scenario like this one.

On the other hand it would be interesting to see what administration did approve the drilling without ensuring the proper necessary security.

Bravo to Paula Dean for her commitment to help and assist the people. Thanks also to the many persons helping cleaning the coasts.

Kind regards
Enrico Dell'Angelo


Mike   May 29th, 2010 8:28 am ET

Obama and his administration are intentionaly lulled to sleep by BP's administration.
Bill Clinton faced impeachement over minor personal ethics with no destruction of America
Obama, in light of the spill's destruction of America being a thousand 9/11 and the Gulf war combined of the Bush's administrions, impeachement is certanly in order, to include BP's administration's house arrest.
And during WWII we put under house arrest Japanese American citizens, we can put under house arrest EPA's American citizen employees,


gerald Jolly   May 29th, 2010 9:31 am ET

Well the truth is finally out.

Yesterday President Obama went to the gulf to examine the situation, but did not create a miracle something the Repugnants and Tea Baggers wanted him to do.

"PART THE WATERS" so that the workers could just walk down to the spewing well and "CAP IT."

The Repugnants and Tea Baggers have now rescinded their original claim and have now proclaimed that President Obama is merely a human being.

SAD, BUT TRUE.


IKHAN   May 29th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

@Dodie

my God, we continue counting the horrific shades of this disaster. Thanks for bringing up this one. I certainly hope this gets attention. As you said 'complacency' would be our undoing. Not only reg this catastrophe but on other issues of vital interest to this nation.
And I do hope that we wake up before 'the tragedy could tear at the fabric of our complacency'.
So well put.
@E.Johnson
the concerns you raise are legitimate & we share them in dread of what is being kept under wraps. I do hope & pray though that we don't get to face more than what is known.


Shari   May 29th, 2010 1:13 pm ET

Former President George W. Bush should also come forward and take responsibility for this tragedy. Maybe he could suggest how to plug the hole, or he and Glenn Beck can come up with a solution. Mr. Beck seems to enjoy mocking President Obama's daughter's worries yet he offers no plausible solutions. Mr. Kevin Costner-has anyone heard anything regarding his machine? The ripples from this spill will be felt for decades.


Stan (Charlotte, NC)   May 29th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

I'm sick and tired of the press stating that BP has just as much to loose as we do and it is in their best interest to stop the leak as quickly as they can. The only thing BP is going to loose is some of their $20 to $30 Billion of profits per year(yes that is per year). We have the potential of losing the entire Gulf regions tourism, food supply, jobs, wildlife, sea life etc. The goverment needs to step in and take control of the situation with the full force of every resource we have available right now. Not tomorrow, not after the next attempt at stopping the leak, but right now.


Thomas Grady   May 29th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

I don't think B.P. can stop this leak due the fact the Top Kill did not work. I think that was an experiment to see if the well could with stand the pressure from the plug.If id did fine they would have proceded to pump the concrete... I am a plumber and I know good and well if they want that flow to stop they could,. there are many ways to "Plug the Damn Hole" They obviously are stalling until the relief wells are in place pure and simple. I think President Obama knows it as well by the way he is acting.


Thomas Grady   May 29th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

If B.P. thinks they are going to cut off that riser above the BOV and not have a larger flow they are out of their minds... Look at the pipe now it is bent over obviously restricting the flow now they have a direct unrestricted line spewing straight up at nearly 7000 psi. Are the "Worlds Greatest so called Minds" seeing something that we are aren't? I'm no Rocket Scientist but I know what I am looking at.


ENOUGH OBAMA !!   May 30th, 2010 12:35 am ET

HOLLAND HAS SHIPS WITH SPECIAL SKIMMERS THAT CAN TAKE OUT 85% OF THE OIL. WASHINGTON WILL NOT ALLOW THEM OR DEMAND THAT BP BRING THEM IN. WHY? THE COMMUNIST IN WASHINGTON WANT TO DESTROY OUR WATER WAYS. THE OIL SPILL IN FROM A TANKER IN ALASKA TAKING 10 YEARS TO CLEAR. THAT WAS NOTHING TO THIS. THE CHANGE WE HAVE HAD IN U.S. HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT TRYING TO FINISH THE DESTRUCTION. BUSH, MUSLIM OBAMA THEY WERE BOTH THE SAME. AMERICANS HAVE GOT TO BECOME INVOLVED.
THE OTHER NIGHT ON L.K.L. GUEST PROVED TO BE RIGHT MUSLIM, HUSSEIN OBAMA IN LOUISIANA. IT WAS SAID THAT HE WOULD ONLY GO TO THE BEACH AND MEN IN THEIR WHITE SUITS WOULD BE FOLLOWING HIM TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE SOMETHING WAS BEING DONE. IF PRESIDENT, MUSLIM, HUSSEIN OBAMA WAS REALLY INTERESTED HE WOULD HAVE GONE OUT TO THE ISLANDS WHERE THE DAMAGE COULD REALLY BE SEEN. GOD, DO WE NEED CHANGE!!! IT WILL NOT BE LONG UNTIL HERE IN AMERICA WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EXPRESS OUR OPINIONS IF IT IS AGAINST LEADERSHIP/WASHINGTON. ONE YEAR AT THE MOST.


Dodie   May 30th, 2010 2:51 am ET

@ IKHAN

I am deeply saddened that an entire ecosphere is being destroyed due to the oil geyser and toxic dispersant. All life is precious and the complete loss of this entire ecosystem is catastrophic; with long lasting ripple effects for decades.


Smith in Oregon   May 30th, 2010 4:32 am ET

Demand transparency from the US Federal Government Agency's.

On Friday, April 25, 1986 the US Pentagon, Department of Defense, Airforce and NORAD knew almost immediately that a gigantic cloud of Highly Radioactive Cesium, Iodine, Barium and Strontium was pouring out of one of the Chernobyl Reactors and moving to Europe and the rest of the world.

And yet it took another country after its residents and food supply were heavily contaminated notifying American's here at home about the actual event. When American citizens could have taken Iodine supplements to ward off the wave of Thyroid disorders from eating, breathing and drinking milk laced with radioactive Iodine, AMERICA's defense agency's remained utterly silent.

They remained hunkered down behind American Taxpayer provided Billion dollar defense equipment, sensors, aircraft and radiation detecting satellites. They saw and followed that huge extremely radioactive cloud as it circled the earth and didn't tell the American people until long after it was too late for supplements and exposure protection. Pregnant women and America's children were simply guinea pigs and lab rats for a crass and callous lack of a US Defense Department response.

Twelve American states and cities with active cancer registries in 1980, representing over 19% of all births in the United States, confirm a sharp increase in childhood leukemia. Think of all that suffering by those American family's over the price of crass and callous silence.

How does this relate to the heavy crude Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico?

For decades the Airforce Space Command has developed and implemented space based satellites which use a blue-green spectrum laser enhanced satellite to spot Russian Nuclear ballistic submarines in the deep Ocean. By highlighting that spectrum, the Ocean's become completely transparent allowing the viewer to clearly see anything that is not blue-green down deep in the Ocean. It in effect is like turning the Ocean into crystal clear transparent glass.

The Airforce Space Command and Federal National Reconnaissance Administration is tracking and seeing the PRECISE deep-water Crude Oil Plumes of Death spreading thru the Gulf of Mexico. And thus far they are entirely SILENT, just as they were during the horrific Chernobyl Fallout event in 1986. Leaving it thus far for private agency's to stumble along trying to slowly determine the number, size, shape and expanse of the Crude Oil Plumes of Death deep under the surface of the Gulf of Mexico

American's should demand the Federal Reconnaissance Agencys of the defense department satellites release 'redacted' photos of the specific Crude Oil Plumes of Death in the Gulf of Mexico. They can do that without worrying about 'State Security or State Secrets'.

American taxpayers have the absolute right to be totally informed of the number, size and placement on each of those gigantic deep water Crude Oil Plumes of Death floating in the Gulf of Mexico.


Don Benedict   May 30th, 2010 6:52 am ET

I know a way to stop the oil leak in the Gulf. What they should do is make a "stent insert." Rather than try capture/ funnel techniques as they are now, change to a stent ballon insert. If they insert a closed pipe directly into the pipe that is gushing oil, then blow up a balloon inside the pipe, this will stop the flow.

The ballon of course must be made to withstand high pressures and that would be the identical material that fire fighters use in autoextrication to place under vehicles to blow up and raise the vehicles.

You would also have to add-on a sand paper type coating to the outside of the ballon. So here is the trick:

You would have to use three ballon stents like these all on one pipe-line insert. All three ballons would have to be inflated at once because of the pressures involved. One final trick to the solution is to have coarse grit on the first ballon, mid grit on the middle ballon and mid grit on the end ballon. The reason for the coarse grip in the lead ballon is for gripping action to the inside of the pipe.

OK, this will defintely seal off the pipe and the oli leak, but there is a big caution they should be aware of. They have to make calculations regarding the amount of psi air presure used to inflate the ballons. Only the engineers who know how much psi force the leaking pipe can withstand will know the proper psi inflation pressure to use. This is the biggest probolem with this solution, because too much pressure used to inflate the three ballons will burst the pipe.

Once the flow is stopped, this will buy the enginneers significant time to install a better capping device. You would have to use a remote break-off on the stent ballon device much like c ardiac surgery on cornonary arteries.

Given the proper engineers, I think this device could be made in about three days or less of solid work.

I am offering this idea free, no trade mark, to use just to help stop this leak ASAP. Pass it on to the proper people and good luck!


hisham   May 30th, 2010 9:09 am ET

please accept my regard mr king in my view itisnot obama responsibilty itis pb fualt and they must confence and take thier responsibilty


gerald Jolly   May 30th, 2010 9:29 am ET

The REPUGNANTS and TEABAGGERS want President Obama IMPEACHED.

They are accussing our President of making mud pies by using the mud that was supposed to stop the flow of oil in the gulf, thereby reducing the amount of required mud.

Tragic Indeed


Mr. M   May 30th, 2010 9:35 am ET

These people at BP are fools!!!! Their spewing millions of gallons of oil into the ocean everyday, then on top of that they start spraying a toxic chemical on top of that to hide the oil. Do you people think everyone is stupid? I looked up that chemical and it is a hazard to people. I'd like to see those idiots who think this chemical is safe drink it. I don't think so. How can this so called President, let them keep doing this after they were told not to. Who is leading this country?The war is here folks not in some third world country.
I have heard many ideas from people on CNN how to clean up that mess. The former shell President said it over and over. Get a line of tankers and suck up the oil as it comes up. Others had very good ideas and were told by BP, no thanks. People from other countries have offered their expertise, some from as far as Saudi. Why are these people not being used? If I were the CEO of BP I would use every resoure I could find.
I think Don Trump could do a better job.


Thomas Grady   May 30th, 2010 10:51 am ET

I have just been sitting here today reading back through all the messages many ppl seem to make a lot of good sense and raise sensible questions.

In my opinion the well head is compromised and a simple plug very well may not be possible due to the fact it could cause further damage and make matters worse.

Simple solution at this point of the Charade is begin a consorted clean up effort on the surface. Dispatch every tanker and Skimmer in the world that would be necessary and clean up our ocean.

I would impose Martial law and post Marine Guards on every BP official possibly sending therm to Leavenworth until an investigation is completed. All the while assembling a replacement team to come in and take charge of the current situation leaving only the necessary Scientist and Engineers that do not work for BP.

I also would consider shutting down the entire Drilling and Pumping operation in the Gulf until the situation is brought under control. I know this sounds harsh but Industry Giants need to learn and understand they cannot simply come on to our lands and in our Seas and destroy our environment and ways of life. They all are responsible!

The Average person does not know the real story I do believe they would not and cannot tell us due to the fact it would cause hysteria among the ppl.


Dodie   May 30th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

Nick Pozzi, an oil and gas engineer, was in charge of a 700 million gallon oil spill in the Arabian Gulf in the 1990's who successfully cleaned it up and was cast out by BP saying he did not go through proper channels. Pozzi’s plan was to quickly suck the oil from the gulf into Supertankers, separate the oil from the water.

When Nick Pozzi contacted BP, this is their reaction:
“So when the oil leak happened in the Gulf of Mexico, Pozzi and his attorney Jon King of Houston thought they had a sure-fire idea to help BP. But after trying several avenues to contact the proper BP officials, they happened on one Pozzi worked with at one time in the past. That BP official cussed him out for not going through proper channels and threatened him with a lawsuit.”

The question that comes to mind,…. why would BP go to such lengths threatening a lawsuit? Why would an oil company not even address the possibility.... knowing this individual was successful in the Arabian Gulf with 700 million gallons of oil? The spew of unanswered questions is certainly leaving an oily film on my tongue!


Dick Butters   May 30th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

As always in the past, it is someone else who is wrong; Not our President. I belive that AZ is taking the right path. After 2years our present administration has done nothig but blame President Bush. Kinda makes you sad that Bush is not here. At least when something went bad he did not blame somebody else.


Wini   May 30th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

All these people leaving God out of the equation AGAIN.

I have yet to see or hear any of these mortals assign an appointed time for all in the U.S. to take a few minutes out of our busy schedules in our lives and send our prayers to God so he can lead mortals into the TRUTH of what needs to be done to correct this disaster.

God is in control, not man.

Mmmh, makes me wonder if our President needs to repent when he referred to our Day of Prayer as an event?

Peace.


ENOUGH OBAMA !!   June 1st, 2010 8:39 am ET

MR M. YOU ARE RIGHT. THAT'S THE WHOLE THING THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CARE. IT IS ALL PART OF A GREATER PLAN THAT WE KNOW. WHEN HOLLAND HAS EQUIPMENT THAT WILL SKIM OFF, 85% AND THEY WILL NOT LET THEM COME IN. I BELIEVE THAT THIS ADMINSTRATION IS TRYING TO DESTROY ALL THAT BUSH DIDN'T!!!!!


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