June 8, 2010

Alec Baldwin: Oil spill is an opportunity to 'let BP die'

Posted: 08:22 AM ET

By actor Alec Baldwin (Via HuffingtonPost)

I was speaking to a neighbor recently, out here on the East End of Long Island, about the BP Oil disaster and the impact the spill is having on the Louisiana coast, it's wildlife and fishing industries. Eastern Long Island may be vastly different from the Gulf Coast in terms of culture and politics. However, both regions share a deep and historic link to their waters. Even today, areas on Long Island stretching from Riverhead to both Orient and Montauk Points seem linked, in a rather romanticized way, to a fishing past that has dwindled sharply over the past 40 years.

And yet, like my neighbor, I cannot imagine facing, here where I live, what Gulf Coast residents are facing now. The destruction in the Gulf region, like the Katrina debacle and the September 11th attacks, reminds us that we are one country and that the sudden loss or destruction of our nation's freedoms, monuments, culture, servicemen and women, natural resources, you name it, casts into sharp focus what is ours to protect and defend.

The Gulf of Mexico, at least that part of it that is ours to maintain and fish and enjoy, belongs to every American. Just like the Great Lakes, the Grand Canyon, Monterey Bay, The Rocky Mountains, Cape Cod, Park Avenue, the Lincoln Memorial, the Little League ball field in your town, the place you have coffee at every morning, or take yoga or the place you go to have coffee and make fun of yoga . What is happening down there is happening to you and to me. Because resources like the Gulf ARE this country. They belong to us. And if you aren't so goddamned fed up with this crap from the oil industry that you want to scream, then maybe you need to have some tar balls fall out of the sky on to your front lawn before you get it.

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Neil Hughes   June 8th, 2010 9:06 am ET

OK – I have an interest in this in that 1) my work is 100% dependent on the oil industry and 2) I'm British. That said, who's showing less leadership – Obama or Hayward? One is going around being angry, jumping to ill-informed conclusions, making threats, dividing everyone who should right now be working together and looking for anyone un-American to blame, while the other is quietly getting on with things, looking at all possible solutions, spending billions of their company's money while carrying the burden on their shoulders.

Time will make Obama look very stupid indeed. Oh yeah, and the guys who did all the plumbing work for BP are American, and VERY closely related to the Republicans!

keith fubp   June 8th, 2010 9:42 am ET

IF BP captures all the oil they can’t lie about the amount. So they keep failing on purpose and we suffer the consequences ! Place a tube over the pipe flange and the other over the cap secure with hose clamps, then you can get all the oil. Yes it is that simple the pressure is neutralized by the siphoning.
BP with Thad AllEN’s Coastguard mussel is not allowing anyone to view the worst hit places. After you remove the weight with a rough cut you go back with the diamond cuter and make a smooth cut. SO, either BP did not spend the money to have a second saw standing by, or they have an ulterior motive. Ether way BP is lying to the public by omission. The President and Thad Allen are allowing it. BP keeps taking weeks between attempts. BP must be made to prepare back up systems for every thing they do. “Hayward told the BBC that the company hopes a second containment system will be in place by next weekend.” WE ARE TIRED OF THE LIES THE OIL IS STILL GUSHING. The cap has absolutely no seal, it is shifting constantly thank God REP. MARKEY stood up like a man and demanded we see the cameras at the site. The press let OBAMA get away with this answer to; is he mad at BP. OBAMA-“Furious at this entire SITUATION because SOMEBODY didn’t think threw….”. Obama never says BP he says “SITUATION” and “SOMEBODY” he never mentions his dear friend BP.
Place a tube over the pipe flange and the other over the cap secure with hose clamps, then you can get all the oil. Yes it is that simple the pressure is neutralized by the siphoning.

keith fubp   June 8th, 2010 9:43 am ET

Place a tube over the pipe flange and the other over the cap secure with hose clamps, then you can get all the oil. Yes it is that simple the pressure is neutralized by the siphoning.

claudia   June 8th, 2010 9:46 am ET

Thank you Mr Baldwin for your views.
It sure looks like America is literally haemorrhaging to death but is there anyone at home who cares? Power and greed need to be addressed if this world of ours has a hope of surviving.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 8th, 2010 9:50 am ET

What do you guys think of the abrupt retirement of Helen Thomas, the doyen of the DC press corp.
What a sad end to an illustrious career.
Is it fair?
Isnt the US stands for press freedom or freedom of information?
Even Pres Obama described Thomas's remarks against the Israelis as offensive.
I guess if Thomas asked the Palestinians to leave, she will not be criticised severely.

Ed   June 8th, 2010 10:58 am ET

Ignorance is rampant and worse in HOLLYWOOD
so far fetched from the facts and realities.
The rhetoric flows from politicians to these wanna be Hollywood

Diana   June 8th, 2010 11:08 am ET

Alec: please start a releif fund for the shrimpers, fishermen,oystermen,crabbers..... PLEASE !!! THEY NEED HELP ! where are the concerts like at KATRINA ?? PLEASE HELP THEM !!!

Trojan Horace   June 8th, 2010 11:15 am ET

There are 4800 Wells in the Gulf... what are you smoking Alec? Isn't a little ignorance a fine thing. I wonder how many gallons of oil it took to power all the TVs that watched him sound off. You could help reduce your collective addiction of 900 million gallons of oil a day America, by watching less TV, being thinner (so you'd need less a/c) and by not creating so much gas with all this British bashing. The "British" in BP is anachronistic... it's a typical, profit grabbing global corporation, meeting an insanely gargantuan demand, that should have been regulated by the US Government on Cheney's watch to prevent the two American companies screwing up the Gulf for us – oh and by the way – coming up the Gulf Stream to you real soon Alec. What do we REALLY need? Clean Energy... and not by 2050... now!

OCSheri   June 8th, 2010 11:25 am ET

Yes, yes there are many ideas about stopping the leak. All for that but my years as a disaster responder have taught me the best and most immediate way to help local economies, Mr. President hold a brainstorming summit in the gulf region. Use the gulf region local hotels, restaurants, and other service businesses. You want to help support the regional economy Mr. President then hold a brainstorming summit.

David   June 8th, 2010 11:26 am ET

I love the idea for plugging the well.. It goes to the point of how stupid is the average American? Don't you think that if the solution was to send Wile E. Coyote with an Acme Rocket it would have been done? I especially like the guy who carved a 30" wine cork and the 28" hammer with the underwater vehicle attachment.

Manuel   June 8th, 2010 11:36 am ET

Get a clue people. The people responsible are BP execs. Plain and simple, theIr greed caused this. Are we supposed to praise them now because they are trying to fix their own mistake?

Albert Einstein quote – We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Cynthia Wright   June 8th, 2010 11:50 am ET

Neil Hughes, you're making yourself look stupid now, or at least very uninformed.

It's obvious you're not in Florida, where I live, or you would not be saying that Wayward Tony is "quietly getting on with things." We have to endure dozens of television ads every day featuring your bloke telling us what a great job BP is doing trying to fix and clean up the Gusher in the Gulf. We know he is lying because we can see with our own eyes what is happening and what is not happening. You cannot.

The company is not carrying the burden on its shoulders. We, the residents of the Gulf Coast, the dying seabirds, and dead marine life, are carrying the burden of reckless short cuts by BP's arrogant executives. They saw no need to prepare for a catastrophic equipment failure and ignored obvious signs of damage to the blowout protector. We will continue to carry the burden of their crimes for decades, based on the staying power of earlier spills in the Gulf.

If BP, and other oil companies, are not able to recover from deep water drilling catastophes, then they should not be drilling in deep water. It's that simple. Out of greed and a complete lack of conscience, they threw caution to the wind, not caring what would happen if the "oil" hit the fan. That's what President Obama, and all of us, are so angry about. And we don't understand why people like you and Tony don't get it.

Obama and his cabinet secretaries have been intensely evaluating the situation for nearly two months! I wouldn't call that jumping to conclusions. His frustration, anger and disgust have grown, along with the rest of us, as we watch millions of gallons of oil continue to spew into the Gulf, and learn more about BP's shameful history of negligence and safety violations.

Yes, we all know about Halliburton. It's OK to say their name. We hate them, too. It speaks volumes that BP is in bed with the likes of them.

fatalgae   June 8th, 2010 11:52 am ET

The Gulf Catastrophe could have been avoided if the US were growing algae. Algae is renewable, does not affect the food channel and consumes CO2. No explosions, no fires, no deaths and no environmental problems. What's wrong with that???

Algae has been researched in US universities for over 35 years. It's time to move it out of the lab and go into commercial-scale production. Algaepreneurs are starting to build commercial-scale plants throughout the US using all off-the-shelf existing technologies. More algae production plants are coming online. Algae is one solution to get the US off of foreign oil and create new jobs right here in the US. The algae industry is being built today by Americans who all want to get off foreign oil.

rosegarden   June 8th, 2010 11:57 am ET

Idzan Ismail, if Thomas had had asked the Palestinian to leave, she would not have to retired abruptly. I have the same response as yours when I first heard the news, is it we have Constitution Right to express our speech? Israel has been under the wings of the US, we send tremendous amount of aids to them, at the same time the influential Jews here give millions to both parties each year to influent the US polices.

The US also forgot Palestinians were the earliest settlers in Jerusalem, and the Jews came later and claimed Jerusalem was their sacred place. When I was a child I had sympathy to the innocent Israelis were killed by the PLA and also admired their resilient to survive in that regions. But the situation now is reversed, Israel has lost my respect.

Go back to this topic, old says, if we are continuing addicted to oil, we are in the stage of committed suicide. We don't need terrorist attacks, we'll kill ourselves with our own hands in our lands. The BP oil spill disaster is completely destroy our ecosystem now, its damages will be extending to the neighborhood states and Europe.

My heart is bleeding.

Johnny Dundulis   June 8th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

I think BP should pay for the dammages first befor they kick the can , why does Alac say they should die ? Thats kinda harsh isnt it?

dajones   June 8th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

Alec: If BP doesn't go under, will you leave the country??

retired driller   June 8th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

First of all, from ALL of us on this blog, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the 11 families who lost their loved ones in this terrible, and tradgic incident.
May God give you peace, comfort and hold you in the palm of his hand.

Next, may God give the clean-up workers his providence and protect them in their task.

It appears to me that there is enough blame to go around from all parties involved.
I really don't believe that this situation is ALL BP's fault.
Once the well is closed in and the B.O.P. is retrieved some of the answers will be known.
I think that there are some problems with the packers and the service company who did the original completion on the well...Who is this you say? I dont know...I really don't want to this point it does not make any difference.
The original cement job at the formation, and the packers failed.
Looks like a surge of gas came up through the zone, broke the cement job, blew through the packers and now you have product in the caseing.
The wing valves,that open and close from the formations below are toast...BP has tried to close these "vents" and has been able to close one of the four. As I stated earlier, with these types of pressures and volumes, the trims on all the valves on the tree have been washed out...there is not much left to close. Monel trims or not.
Again, nothing will change until the relief well has been completed and the well is filled with concrete.
Mr. Cameron I believe miss-spoke when he stated that you can't close in the well..Yes you can close it in...just not abruptly...hence choke manifolds, which throttle down rates and pressures in a controlled enviroment.

Staci   June 8th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

This is ridiculous, shameful and sad. And this is even a more pathetic, "BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward's past comments that "I want my life back," that the Gulf was "a big ocean" and that "the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest."

Are you kidding me? He wants his life back – it's a big ocean – what a joke. It's a testament to what living a life full of ego driven goals will get you. No responsibility, no compassion for the animals or environmental destruction – or the human race. They need to be held accountable for their actions as well as their BS attitudes. I will NEVER purchase full at BP again – EVER.

Men with attitudes like that are going to be the destruction of our entire human race. Poisoning our oceans and toxifying everything and then acting like it's no big deal and won't have any ripple effects. What are they going to do when it enters our freshwater rivers, streams, etc. Don't think it will? THINK AGAIN. I can't believe how oblivious people are to the impact this can have on our race. If our waters here on earth become toxic and aquatic life suffers as a result – what effect do you think that will have on us?

Big business needs to be held accountable for their actions from this day forth. They are a pathetic representation of the human race and represent "egos run amok." If this planet decides to finally shake off it's cancer (us) like a bad case of fleas . . . I'd like to see big business executives be the first to go. I'd gladly hand every single one of them over – starting with oil execs and then moving onto healthcare and pharmaceutical execs next. Dirty, scandalous, money grubbin, ego driven, lesser evolved souls. They can all go to ____.

And stop being harsh on them? Are you joking? They are going to be responsible for unseen levels of devastation . . . and you don't want to be too harsh on them? HA . . . no worries, someday . . . they'll have to answer to their maker and I know he won't go easy on them. They all have reserved seats in their own private hell.

Pull your heads outta your butts people – this is HUGE and it could have an impact on your life as you know it. Americans have such a false sense of security and such a deep sense of pure apathy it cracks me up. It's shameful.

We could've had cleaner bio fuels created 30 years ago . . but politics and big business wouldn't have it – there's too much money to be made in oil. And you can thank money grubbers Bush and Cheney for this. They didn't get rich enough off the war so Bush passed a law to let Cheney's company, Halliburton , work around the $500 mill "plan B" system, which previously, had been mandatory. Saved his buddy money – and look who pays the price while the hogs all get fatter.

Wake up people, this is YOUR land, too!

Michael   June 8th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

Let BP DIE?What a mean and stupid statement. Not one of the BP personal wanted this to happen. Several people did DIE on the oil rig. To have a liberal actor get up and say let them die show how out of touch he really is.
Mr. Balwin and his hero Mr. Obama need to help BP find a way to stop the leak. Maybe The U.S. Navy could use some of their deep water assets to attach a blowout preventer on the well head.

retired driller   June 8th, 2010 2:45 pm ET


If you and I could only hear the sound of a 22' riser...running full 5 to 10k p.s.i. We both would need a clean pair of shorts.
Attempting to secure ANYTHING on top of that well head with this volume and pressure, is akin to pushing a wet noodle through a brick wall.
nice try though!

David   June 8th, 2010 3:17 pm ET


Time may well make Obama look “Stupid” but time will also judge Hayward as a bumbling fool who minimized the damage and was so cavalier, even “Republicans” saw through his façade. I would certainly think twice trying to compare Hayward to Obama – and Hayward should be spending billions on his problem because its his company that created this fiasco.

George   June 8th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

I hope you stop defending BP for their actions and blindly ridiculing the President. The oil spill is the result of under-regulation and greedy, opportunistic corporate policies set forth by your BP CEO. I'm not even saying Obama has been perfect on this either...but someone is responsible. This is not an attempt to blame the Brits or absolve Americans of responsibility. I disagree with Baldwin. BP should not "die". Many people depend the company for jobs, and it woud hurt many more people to let the company turn to rubbish (like the British phrasing?). What should happen is for the American people to begin paying attention to more than party slogans, and to what actually takes place. The 2000's saw a deliberate and short-sighted attempt to ruin the regulatory environment for "Big Oil", and the American people should take responsibility for voting those responsible into power. BP should pay for the cleanup, and the American government should enforce BP's responsibility to do so...BP should not be allowed to prosper from its access to our market and shirk their responsibilities when the make mistakes. It is not divisive to call on a corporation to fix its mess.

allantx456   June 8th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

Baldwin, you need to shut up. When you open your mouth, your stupidity always comes out. No one is interested in what you have to say about anything.

What happened in the Gulf was an accident.....maybe if the Feds would hire competent inspectors who can not be bought, it could have been stopped. Or just maybe, there was a design flaw in the drilling structure, but it still was an accident. So America, get over it. There will be time for the blame game later, lets just stop the oil for now.

If Obama would stop trying to show how tough he is...and just make the resources available to stop the oil leak....he might turn out to be a decent politician, but no....he is just interested in posturing and showing that he is the meanest man on the street. Just another Washington moron is how he is coming across to America.

Baldwin, go back home, SHUT-UP!! We all know you are bad actor, bad dad and a bad husband.

spinor   June 8th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Mr. Baldwin's assessment and recommendation to "Let BP die," while perhaps expressed a bit too colorfully, is in my opinion not harsh enough.

How many times will disasters of this magnitude result from a corporation's activities before we say "You will no longer do business in our country!" ?

Would the number be 10? "This is the 10th major calamity resulting from your operations, BP, ... and the last." Or perhaps we should permit them only 5 such disasters before we pull the plug on them?

NO! The number is 1 ! For what they have done, they should no longer
be permitted to do business in the US - don't just "let BP die," but rather "terminate them NOW."

Dan   June 8th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

Another Hollywood blowhard spewing his mouth about something he doesn't know squat about.

Kasilo Choka of Chokawear   June 8th, 2010 3:46 pm ET


If it was your child bleeding you would call for a Doctor in the House
If it was your woman gasping for air you wouldn't care who's Mouth
If it were you that fell off the ship in the ocean during the Midnight
If it was your dog of 13 years howling stuck in a bear trap
If it was you that never had Milk and a Loving Lap
If it was your Last $2 you would hope your Horse would win
If you saw the heavens open up I bet you would repent
If is not a absolute but absolutely BP has been Prostituting ME in the Sea.

Kasilo Choka

Dodie   June 8th, 2010 3:55 pm ET

@ Neil Hughes

First, I will preface the post with……….. this is not about the British as the UK only took advantage of the Cheney/Bush deregulations with oil companies. That area we must assume responsibility and change legislation – procedural laws, which are currently being renovated by President Obama. However, we would NOT be in this mess if BP acted responsibly!

Since there is a high probability this oil will be traveling up the “gulf stream” I suspect it will reach the UK sometime this fall or winter. Lets hope you have a large ‘dish soap’ supply on hand and Happy Hunting!!!!

Bubba   June 8th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

Keith, the oil also has hydrates which solidify like ice cubes under these pressure conditions and clog the pipe. They're having to leave valves open for this stuff to blow out sideways, and that's why it's still leaking. If this was easy, it would be done already.

David S.   June 8th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

Who really gives a crap what this ACTOR has to say?

Atari 2600   June 8th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

@Cynthia Wright

Articulate and eloquent. You hit every point spot on.

John Dill   June 8th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

I just recently submitted detailed conceptual drawings for equipment that could be ready for deployment in three weeks, cost about 25 million to fabricate and guaranteed to restore complete control of 99.9 % of the oil safely back to surface vessels. BP is banking on these other wells as the do all end all of this disaster and no one is asking the right questions. What contingencies do they have if these wells fail to reduce the pressure? They blew me off as I expected. Maybe BP is hoping the spill will become so large that the government will be forced to step in and pay the clean up costs. An inverted AIG maneuver. To big to fail vs. An oil spill too big for BP to clean up. I'd fire every damn engineer who sold me on the idea of capping in lieu of plugging a hole a mile down pushing 16,000 PSI of pressure. That's like trying to stop an erupting volcano by capping it with an umbrella. Ain't gonna work, no way, no shape and no form of cap will plug that leak. The very idea is anti-thetical to reality and basic physics. The fact that BP continues down this path makes me very suspiscious of their ultimate gameplan. They're taking half-ass measures designed to appease the public perception. What good is it to clean up when you haven't addressed the leak?

jblume   June 8th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

You go Alex! You're absolutely right. Our country, our people are more important than the oversized guerilla BP.

Atari 2600   June 8th, 2010 4:16 pm ET


99% of accidents are avoidable and are usually caused by someone beingstupid and not paying attention to the warning signs all around them. Accidents don't happen, they are caused. This 'accident' was 100% avoidable.

Christopher   June 8th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

This seems to be a good time to understand better the scope of environmental impact. We know what burning fossil fuel does to the atmosphere, but what about off-shore extraction? There are over 400 such deep wells and over 4,000 shallow ones in the Gulf of Mexico alone. BP first challenged the notion that under-water oil plumes exist, then challenged the scientists to prove that whatever plumes they might find would really be linked to the BP leak.

Let's think for a brief second about these two positions. There seem to be only 2 options here; either we take BP at their words that they are unaware of the occasional formation of oil underwater plumes, or that such plumes are so common that it might as well be someone else's.

Option # 1 seem implausible since any chemist knows that with the right amount and type of dispersant oil in water emulsions are produced. That's what a vinaigrette is... Oil companies are expert at chemistry. Option # 1 is similar to tobacco companies telling us that their product does not cause cancer while having data showing the opposite in their files. This would be criminal.

Option # 2 is possibly scarier; it implies that underwater plumes may be so common and unreported that we swim in them. Are we to assume that all off-shore oil wells are properly capped before being left alone for good? Is there a definition of "leak-free" for the business? Is it absolute zero release as best as technology can confirm or some "acceptable residual sipping"? Are there indeed so many such plumes that it would be hard to show that a given plume comes from a BP/Exon/Shell well? How can we continue to be so cavalier and continue to refer to Louisiana/Mississippi as "cancer alley" as chemical companies continue to avoid responsibility?.

Much like the poorer countries we occasionally pity, we too value jobs over health. Our record proves it. It used to be very hard to link specific exposure to specific ailments; not so much anymore. In the same way plumes now are fingerprinted to the BP oil well, a number of studies have linked statistically disease clusters to specific contaminants from specific plants. Epidemiology has made progress too; specific chemical families are known to be directly responsible for specific ailments (i.e. causality). It would seem that industry as a whole will be cornered soon with a deadly combination of correlation and causality that will lead juries to the only logical conclusion: responsibility. As statistic sand pharmacology get closer to the business jugular vein, we are getting closer to business facing the whole business cost of their operations, and this hopefully will move these costs from super-funds (after the facts) to prevention costs. In the end these will be much cheaper. I always wondered what the total cost is for my $49.99 Motorola cell phone is after including the $1B super-fund for water cleanup in the Phoenix area alone... Not including the medical cost of my ex-neighbor, the eight man out of a team of 13 to develop acute leukemia after cleaning computer "wafers" for over 10 years at the same plant...

John D.   June 8th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

The better question to Alec is if BP does not go under, will you please leave the country. I thought he was leaving a long time ago. BP will not go under; it's possible another company could buy them but on even on their own, they can survive this. BP has made it clear that they will be paying for the clean-up. Hayward could easily stay home and ask the man in charge of the US to take the lead, which is what a lot of CEOs would do.
Also, I want to thank BP for indicating that they will be paying their dividend. Widows and orphans in Britain who count on that income will appreciate it as will US citizens, particularly retirees, widows, etc., who count on dividend income for their livelihood. Obama should try to add at least one business person to his club; to suggest BP not pay their dividend is ludicrous. If they can afford to pay for the spill and pay the dividend, who are we to tell a British company what to do with their dividend.
And back to Alec, again, when are you leaving.

bob pauli   June 8th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

I totally agree with Alec Baldwin. I suggest that every American discontinue buying BP gasoline and any other products of BP.

Smith in Oregon   June 8th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

Alec Baldwin like so many Hollywood celebs live in a world of fantasy for much of their lives and prefer that fantasy to the harsh conditions of reality.

BP is very likely to quickly make up the 3 Billion dollar tab on this enormous Oil Gusher in the Gulf of Mexico by simply raising the prices on their fuel product by a few pennys.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts has already shown he is a friend of 'Big Oil' in overturning the penalty against Exxon over the Valdez oil spill. And Gas and Oil laws crafted over many decades by Republicans whose pockets were well padded by Big Oil lobbying and campaign dollars has greatly minimized legal liability's and penalty's against Big Oil corporations.

President Obama has been promising to change that. Yes well the Republican party's primary donors in Big Oil will fight as much as Big Pharma and Big Health Insurance corporations did in America's Health Care bill. Passing changes might be possible, however RETRO-ACTIVE laws passed later to go back and penalize BP NOW would likely be illegal and overturned by 'Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts'.

BP is largely diversified in the energy production business, Alec Baldwin is voicing a vocal anger at BP, which is nothing but a popular tune to whistle at this time. It seems to entirely lack any sense of the scope of Oil and Gas Laws and how widespread BP's business's are.

The BEST that can be hoped from this enormous Oil Gusher in the Gulf of Mexico is a further push for America to more fully embrace alternative non-fossil fuel energy and enact real and meaningful Regulations on Big Oil and Fossil Fuel burners, miners and providers.

Ken   June 8th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

Get a grip Mr. Baldwin, when you and yours in lala land aka Hollywood get by without any petroleum products (ie no jetting to Banff to ski or such silliness), then we can talk about letting a company and industry wither and die. If you want to reduce the amount of petroleum that is used in the US lead by example and use less that the rest of your countrymen. The western world is addicted to oil and we cannot get of the oil high without losing a lot of the things that we take for granted on a daily basis.

George   June 8th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

Hey allantx456....which resources is the President witholding? Obama isn't perfect on this one, but come on now. Don't be so partisan...

Smith in Oregon   June 8th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

No Beach in America nor anywhere in the World has ever been fouled nor destroyed by a Ethanol Spill.

Unlike Bush sr's use of the poisonous and carcingenic Methanol (Wood Alcohol), Ethanol (Grain Alcohol) evaporates quickly on land, in the water and does not poison the water table.

Urge President Obama to pressure America's automakers to fully embrace producing a majority of their new cars and trucks with E-85 Capable fuel requirements.

Every Gallon of Ethanol produced directly leads to 6 Gallons of Saudi Oil that America does not need to import.

Urge President Obama to overturn the horrific Bush-Cheney huge tariff on importing Ethanol from Brazil's enormous sugarcane alcohol production plants to add to America's gasoline. America should be importing as many Millions of Gallons of Brazil's Ethanol as Brazil is willing to sell to America.

Cindy   June 8th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

@Neil Hughes,
I agree with most of what you said. Everyone continues to blame Bush for everything. I wonder when Obama will decide he's President and take charge for himself. The left bears just as much blame. If we weren't forced to drill so far off shore because of the left, this never would have happened. I don't usually get into the finger pointing that is so popular here on LKL, but just sayin' the truth.

Jan   June 8th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Amen Alec Baldwin......this is happening to ALL of US and we should be damned off about. Enough oil company crap. Oil companies having been robbing ALL of US.

sandman   June 8th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

This wouldn't have been as bad if they hadn't been forced off the continental shelf to drill for our oil needs. Its much easier to fix a problem on the shelf than off. Not to defend them, but the oil people actually know what they are doing. The governments were short sighted in pushing the drilling so far out that problems would be harder to fix. The shelf is less than 1000 ft. Off the shelf is 5000+ feet. The gulf coast is used to oil spills. Dont for get the Bay of Campeche in the 70's. We all want our oil but dont want to suffer any consquences if there is a problem. Instead of complaining, go help.

frank martinez   June 8th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

How big is Mr Baldwin's home(s)? How many cars does he own? Does he ride in a big limo to from 30 Rock? He can talk about ecology and saving the ecosystem but if you want to make a difference you need to start by setting an example.

Brad-Timerline   June 8th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

Sorry to jump in here...but...I couldn't find a topic that was even close.
Calmer minds...don't seem to prevail these days.
My opinion....Tea Party'ers...are folks(good folks) that don't seem to be able to deal with either party. They don't have a platfrom....they're just angry......can't blame them...I can't..

Oil spills, Jerusalem, Berlin,Washington,....these are just a few of my faviorite things.

Things are getting a little out of control.

sleep peacefully............

skippy   June 8th, 2010 4:59 pm ET

Alec, you can't spout off to his daughter anymore, so now the public has to hear from him. Good Lord.

Roberto   June 8th, 2010 5:03 pm ET

Alec Baldwin is an idiot. The funny thing is that after writing this blog, he and all of his hypocritical fans who commented on this blog supporting him, will, in the next day or two, have to go to the gas station and fill up their vehicles with some 87 octane. Of course Alec's driver is probably getting some 93, for whatever high-end vehicle Mr. Baldwin needs. I wonder how many cars are in the Baldwin garage.

The oil spill was an accident, accidents happen. You fix it, learn from it, and hope it doesn't happen again. BP's trying to fix. Alec and Obama are just running their mouths trying to sound like they're a couple of tough guys. Heck, our President resorted to cuss words this week......ooooh.

Jane Lewis   June 8th, 2010 5:18 pm ET

I don't know what happened or who's at fault. All I know is that the beautiful, white sand beaches of my childhood are gone, maybe forever. Though I live on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, my job is not threatened, but perhaps my way of life is.

It has taken 5 years for the Gulf Coast to, almost, recover from Katrina. How long will it take for us to recover from something as devestating as this? I am 55 years old and I don't see it happening in my lifetime.

Mr. Baldwin, the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida understands and shares your anger. But, please don't let them go out of business before they fix this.

been around   June 8th, 2010 5:35 pm ET

Lets all take advise from a hollywood pretend person

John   June 8th, 2010 5:54 pm ET

Neil, quit wasting your time here and go clean up the mess you brits have caused. Quite blaming Americans for your problems.

Baldwin is a jerk and probably uses more oil products than most people. Like most all liberals, he loves to hear himself speak but is only saying what people want to hear. He doesn't walk the walk.

When gas was over $4 bucks a gallon, everyone was saying "drill, baby, drill. Everyone is sort of quiet now, huh?

If people don't follow the guidelines on drilling proceedures like the stupid brits did, then they have no one else to blame for the splil but themselves.

Now, BP, clean this mess up!

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Stephen D. Weiss   June 8th, 2010 6:23 pm ET

1. BP or any company drilling deep-water oil or gas wells should have had a functional, foolproof fix available BEFORE they drilled their first well. The drilling business is just too risky without being prepared in advance.

2. The U. S. Government, a conservation organization like Green Peace, or the Nobel Prize organzation should sponsor a world-wide contest with a substantial financial prize to develop a foolproof, reliable way to cap or close deep sea wells in the event of a disaster. This would be similar to contests now in place to launch a private rocket into space, etc.

This fix technology should then be shared by all drilling companies everywhere. It would be too vital to keep under wraps.

3. Always remember...Oil companies are not in the 'Oil business'...
They are in the 'Oil SHORTAGE business...' so this leak will eventually work in BP's favor when they cry that the loss of oil and resultant cost for a fix was so great, poor BP must now, reluctantly, raise their prices. You just watch.

Smith in Oregon   June 8th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

A surprising voice of reason compared to the BP lies and Admiral Thad Allens half-truth statements:

Fidel Castro on the Gulf of Mexico Gusher, 'The Oil Spill shows how little governments can do against those who control the capital and money'

Karen - San Francisco   June 8th, 2010 6:55 pm ET

I could take Alec Baldwin's article and replace oil with illegal immigrant and every other word would still fit.

What does THAT say about illegal immigration?

No question, this oil rig disaster is a nightmare of epic proportion that will haunt us for decades. Anyone with a check from BP's insurer should make absolutely sure they don't sign a Release of All Claims. Because, for this mess, there is no end in sight.

Same thing for the illegals climbing all over the US like ants at a picnic.
Just like having tar balls appear on the beach

Chip Pierce   June 8th, 2010 6:58 pm ET

Amazing to hear all the anti-actor, anti-Baldwin, anti-lib statements.
I don't care who he is, he speaks the truth.
The terrorists are winning. They're called big oil and their greed has caused far greater damage than The Taliban ever will.

Ben   June 8th, 2010 7:02 pm ET

If you're so upset about the oil industry, you could offer a solution. Or, I suggest you just start walking every where.

Jay b   June 8th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

It's time to say goodbye to fossil fuel, dependency on million year old fuel is not the way to go into the future.

Burton Danet   June 8th, 2010 8:26 pm ET

Joe Holden intenvion: Thrust Tube Oil Skimmer 20,000 gallons per hour with 27-inch draft can help clean up the oil spill. We have no time to waste. Can set up meeting with Joe.

Cindy   June 8th, 2010 8:40 pm ET

It is absurd for you to refer to the "stupid Brits." And since Great Britain is so much smaller than the US, can you imagine how many stupid Americans there are for every stupid Brit. Let's not insult a country that has always stood with us.

CFA   June 8th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

Neil Hughes

You ask the wrong question. It is irrelevant "who is showing less leadership," or even whether BP is American or not. What IS relevant is that BP is responsible for the destruction of a national resource, as well as the livelihoods of entire industries in the Gulf region.

This is not an issue of national pride. This is an issue of outright malfeasance on the part of a global oil company. And to add insult to injury, virtually every announcement BP has made has proved to be inaccurate (if you are charitable), or an outright lie.

By the way, I lived in the UK for 5 years, and worked very closely with BP building rigs. I am also married to a Brit.
Stop trying to deflect the blame for this act of criminal negligence to the President. Place it where it belongs – with the execs of BP who made decisions to cut corners and ignore the objections of Transocean personnel who warned against replacing mud with sea water in the risers.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 8th, 2010 9:23 pm ET


With people like you and the many Americans who voiced their displeasures in NYTimes and Wash Post, there's hope yet for the Palestinians.
We know Israel is The Chosen One. We know how the US economy too is controlled by the Jews.
But the US government must loosen the ties a bit to conduct a speedy peace accord between Palestine and Israel.
Let's separate the regime and the Jewish people.
There are many Jews who are against the Israeli authorities treatment of Palestinians and also the recent transgression on the food aid convo.y.

silent observer   June 8th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

as much as i sympathize with the plight of birds in the gulf of mexico, i would like to remind the blessed people of the united states that the world is witnessing some sort of rebound play. if you look closely, certain races of people here in the us are being subjected to biowarfare and spoilage of health and skin thereof to the point that all this love for the damaged birds does not make sense to me. figure it out. does this race of beings stand lower on God's scale than your precious gulf birds? i have a feeling that racism dictates birdism. but then again, that is just a silent observer's observation.

IKHAN   June 8th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks
@Izdan Ismail
Israeli state terrorism continues unabated, thanks to our blind backing of the policies of that govt.
Thanks also to our unnatural alliance with the govt of state of Israel they can get away with murder, apartheid, ethnic cleansing & crimes against humanity.
An alliance which has caused us Americans to lose our prestige, credibility & influence worldwide. An alliance which drains American tax payers of US Dollars 3 billion plus every year.
An alliance which puts our vital foreign policy & economic interests in the Middle East in jeopardy.
An alliance which has cost our troops deployed in that region precious lives & put them at constant risk.
In short an alliance which does not serve American interests & works against our national interest & security.
Just hear what thousands of good upstanding Jews in America & Israel are saying.
The Jewish Voices for Peace & JStreet & many others in America. B'Tselem,BAT Shalom,Gush Shalom, Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. They say that the current Israeli govt is anti-Israel & anti-American.
Helen Thomas was so right in her perception & she has spent her entire life keeping an eye on & reporting what goes on.
I find Mr.Gibbs comments against Helen Thomas reprehensible.

Audra Reilly   June 8th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

I knew there was a reason I liked Alec Baldwin. Common sense.

carl   June 8th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

audra you just like him because he is a male ....wise up . you have no idea what he is

denniscpence   June 8th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Give me a break people. It was an accident – devastating, expensive and costs 11 lives. You are ignorant if you think this planet will not recover from this and much sooner and easier than you think. Liberals want to blame big businesss, the others want to blame the government. It's not the governments fault – they don't do anything productive so this could not be a result of their efforts. When a country has an appetite for energy and the government shuts drilling out most places on land, this will happen. Perhaps when their is a "cleansing" of the population that gets rid of the leeches in society, we will recover from that also.

Lawrence Anthony Florek   June 8th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Anyone who can make President Obama a villian and Tony Hayward a hero is bonkers. Now, Tony Hayward may not be "the villian" but he sure as hell is responsible to a tremendous extent for the mess the company he commands is making in The Gulf Of Mexico. To describe Tony Hayward as "quietly going about things..." is so misleading that it sickens me to even dignify that comment with a response but a response is what I could not resist. Tony Hayward is not a humanitarian. Hayward is not a man looking out for the greater good of citizens in The Gulf Of Mexico. Tony Hayward is primarily looking out for #1 and that is himself and British Petroleum and British Petroleum's bottom line. He is not primarily interested in stopping the leak or meerly containing it but he is most interested in recovering it, ... as much as if not all of the oil he can. Tony Hayward will never be a hero...never Tony Hayward is a corporate suit who makes large sums of money and lives in an ivory tower and he runs a corporation which as any corporation goes is a mindless beast that will stop at almost nothing to survive. Get it all you Brits out there? You are not innocents and as long as you feel you are so greater than thou to hurl your profaniteis at us Americans just be careful who you're picking a fight with because we can take you with our hands tied behind our back.

DONALD DAILEY   June 8th, 2010 10:53 pm ET


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 8th, 2010 11:44 pm ET


The Muslim world have put much hope on Pres Obama to finally get a lasting peace in the Middle East which no other US presidents can do.
But judging from Gibbs and Pres. Obama's handling of Thomas case, I am rather sceptical.
The world also wants Pres Obama to act against the recent atrocities on the Food Aid convoy to Gaza.
Israel should be tried in the the Hague Court for crime against the activists whom the regime termed terrorists.
Isnt the Israeli regime terrorists?

Dodie   June 9th, 2010 12:13 am ET

A lot of financial wealth flows between Israel and the US creating a strong alliance in this country with Israel. This makes it complicated for the one at the "helm" ... as money is power in this country. Look at BP... that is an excellent example!

Smith in Oregon   June 9th, 2010 12:23 am ET

Funny that Alec Baldwin mentions the once beautiful Monterey Bay. Approaching Monterey Bay the traveler drives over a tall suspended bridge and the last time I was there, below me as I drove over that bridge was the enormous Exxon Valdez sister ship Super Tanker offloading crude Oil for processing!

The smokestack was nearly the same height as the road deck on the tall suspended bridge nearly 250 feet above the Ocean! That Super Tank was enormous and very few that haven't seen one realizes how large those vessels are.

After briefly surfing the waves in Monterey Bay, I immediately realized a petrol-chemical dispersant was evident in the water and on my body. The local surfers ALL knew about the hidden petrol-chemicals in the once pristine Monterey Bay. YOU definitely want to immediately shower your body completely BEFORE leaving the beach.

That is simply business as usual for ships handling millions of gallons of crude Oil. Some of the toxic crude Oil get's into the water, poisoning the fish, sea life, birds and YOU if you get that on you.

Of ALL the Federal Judges across the Gulf States, a full 50% have accepted HUGE donations from Big Oil which directly put them into their office. Say for a hypothetical example YOU or YOUR CHILDREN routinely swims in the Gulf Coast region and one or more of you is stricken later by Skin, Stomach or Colon cancer.

Do you think Big Oil is going to pay for your enormous medical expenses as American Medical Associated MD's hose you and your family for every dollar and dime you have and after you are forced to sell your house, the taxpayers then are forced to pay for the medical costs.

Why should BP pay millions for additional attorneys when it appears Big Oil OWNs a majority of Federal Judges thanks to the Republican party. The Supreme Court? Chief Justice Roberts already has sided with Big Oil on the Exxon Valdez liability.

Andrew Lam   June 9th, 2010 12:29 am ET

We are all to be blamed for this disaster.... America will need to fundamentaly change our political system and start from zero. Our exisiting system is just too corrupted, as long as special interest groups exisist... and oil companies are allowed to donate truck load of cash to our politicians running for reelections, they will forever be in business. It's not about electing the right candidate, because they too wil be corrupted by money in time, it's all about our faulty political system. It's is completely broken. Only God can save this country.

houston texas   June 9th, 2010 1:27 am ET

this is really sad to see this happen to our environment. i do hope that we can move forward. I have received several e- mails to go to LA. to help assist in the clean-up. this is purely volunteer for maybe a weekend. some light training will be required. call The Galveston Bay Foundation

Sunnyvale CA   June 9th, 2010 2:29 am ET

I grew up in South Florida. I remember the clean sand and warm water that you'd have to wade into to feel cool water on your feet. My wife and I took our first born to Seaside near Destin when he was a baby and I remember the powder white sand and clear water.
This disaster makes me angry. I fear these memories are now just that. A memory of a clean environment we may not get back. What makes me angrier is seeing a bunch of neighbors driving around in big SUV's and other types of gas guzzlers. We live in fear since 9/11 about terrorist attacks. We sit and debate global warming while the signs are right there in front of us in the hurricanes, melting of polar ice caps. Some politicians who were saying 'Drill Baby Drill" several months ago are now of course standing silent.
When will we get it? We're bringing these disasters on ourselves. The oil shocks of the 70s and 80s didn't do it. Maybe now we'll realize we need to change. I'm tired of anger. I prefer action. I think Mr. Obama should follow Robert Reich's suggestion and put BP into temporary receivorship and mandate the company fix this mess and make good on their promise to make the gulf, it's wetlands, it's businesses and it's people whole. But we can't just lay this at the feet of the President. We need to recognize it's our demand that drives this. The only way to solve this is to change our demand and change our habits.
As for me, my plan is to put solar on my house and buy a Tesla. Not a perfect solution but it beats the hell out of what's been going on. Now I just have to save up for it..

Douglas   June 9th, 2010 5:46 am ET

Electricity is made by burning oil. Help conserve oil by turning Alec Baldwin movies off. YOU TOO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 9th, 2010 7:23 am ET

I cannot believe that the BP Chief Executive, Tony Hayward........made the comment that..........."I want my life back"........that the Gulf was........."a big ocean"...........and that............"the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest."

Well really. Shame on him. What an attitude. Does he really think that he is above it all. Needs to come down off his high horse and smell the coffee. I think he has just made the STATEMENT OF THE CENTURY.

E.A.   June 9th, 2010 7:31 am ET

I've been working as a contracted safety consultant for bp on their Control of Work effort for over 3 years now, and I can say without reservation that the bp being portrayed by the media is not consistent AT ALL with my experience with them on three of their refineries (Texas City, Whiting and Toledo). My experience with working at every level with bp (up to within 3 levels of Mr. Hayward) is starkly contrast to the money-hungry slave drivers that are being fomented here. What I've seen are people committed to a profound cultural shift in their organization as a whole, a people who have had to endure countless hours of training (in addition to the hours they have to work already) on a process that –if you're not used to it– can be hellishly complex. I've seen bp choose TIME AND TIME AGAIN to accept delays in production in favor of doing the work correctly (and yes, I DO mean in Texas City), and, in contrast to the idea of blood-sucking vampire image the media would have you believe is the case, I've seen bp spend untold millions in trying to get Control of Work implemented across their organization. The people I’ve worked with are GOOD people. They’re most certainly NOT the “Mr. Burns” sort of tyrant they’re being made out to be.

While understandable, it is unfortunate that people need the the focus of their ire to be so squarely placed that people like this (who I respect, BTW) feel compelled to make statements such as this. People cannot begin to appreciate the impact that even a single refinery has on a community. Consider the Toledo refinery that sits on the BUCKLE of the northeast Rust Belt. The Toledo refinery supports not only the THOUSANDS of families of the people who work there, but by extension, the local infrastructure; restaurants, local construction companies, their families, etc. The refinery also brings in consultants and engineers and other specialists from all over the world, which then supports the local airports, the hotels, the car rentals, the restaurants, etc. These are not trivial considerations. The closing of even a single refinery, even one as small as the one in Toledo, would have a devastating ripple effect on a vast community that consists of people who are just as important as those suffering on the Gulf Coast just now (which is where I live, by the way; so I'm no stranger to their trials).

This incident is in no way at all consistent with the vision of the future I've borne witness to them striving to promote. It is a relic of an unfortunate past that they are actively working to put behind them. Yes, they still have a lot of work to do, but to wish for their extinction is to actively promote the very sort of human suffering that critics seek to mitigate, and is a product of profound short-sightedness and ignorance about what goes on inside the industrial world.

Randy   June 9th, 2010 7:45 am ET

The hollywood crowd pretend to be concerned because it raises their profile but where is their money? If each one gave even 1% of their worth they bale would out these fisherman and their families for years to come. I'm sure Baldwin was sipping Crystal champagne and waiting for his limo for a night out on the town when he wrote this. After all, where did their money come from? Those very same fisherman that watch movies and buy their products.

Ashish Natani   June 9th, 2010 7:48 am ET

Regardless, the Gulf environment is messed up. BP as a company should be penalized financially. The employess of every company simply follow directives from upper management. It should be the upper management that should be brought to the BOOK.
They are really really responsible for this messup.
For me, sitting in a cozy room and writing comment is easier. Just thinking of millions of animals who don't know why their heaven was turned into a HELL and millions of fellow Americans who will find it impossible to make their ends meet as they were completely dependent on GULF.
GREED should not be an easy excuse to destroy others.

mordrud   June 9th, 2010 7:48 am ET

Wow. Nice diatribe on all the great natural assets of the country. But so what? What the hell does that have to do with letting BP die? This guy is a mental midget. Obama should take the opportunity while there is a huge anti-oil sentiment to force american car companies to build electric cars. Not in 10 years. Now. That would do more to even the score with big oil than anything else. Anyone who doesn't think big oil along with big military are running the country – on both sides of the aisle – is seriously deluded. That's why there is this huge anti-incumbent movement right now. Shame that the Clintons and Obama and all the other establishment were able to save Lincoln's job in Arkansas. Real change is just never gonna happen here.

Bruno   June 9th, 2010 8:04 am ET

I would take Alec seriously but all I can think about when I see him are his "Schweddy Balls"!

psk   June 9th, 2010 8:47 am ET

Forcibly take every last nickle from BP and throw the bastards in jail to rot. THAT is not even close to justice, but it will have to suffice. This crime is so vile that I have trouble expressing just how pissed off I am over this. So much anger swirls inside me at the mere mention or thought of this debacle that it nearly renders me incapable of coherent speech- SHUT BP DOWN! The US needs to grow some big ones and slap these criminals down NOW. NOW. Before they start hiding the assets and going on "extended vacations" to countries without extradition treaties.

gerald Jolly   June 9th, 2010 9:09 am ET

There is more absolutely disgusting than an ARROGANT LIMEY bareface lying about something he cares nothing about.

Limey's living the life of the privilidged, born with silver spoons in their mouth, they look upon we ordinary people with disdain, and think of us as only little pawns in their world of the socially privilidged.

The CEO of B.P. is that kind of British A-HOLE

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 9th, 2010 9:10 am ET

We have heard so much about BP boss who said he wants his life back.
Today Andersen Cooper interviewed the six survivors who want their life back too.
We hope CNN will come up with a special report on the 11 who died who can't get their life back.
We will like to meet the grieving families.
Also the people, the fishermen and the wild-life affected by the oil spill.
See how it ravages the beautifl shores of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
Hope you portray them please, Larry.
The world sympathise with them.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 9th, 2010 9:23 am ET

@Cynthia Wright June 8th, 2010 11:50 am ET

Well said.

Ken   June 9th, 2010 9:42 am ET

Why stop at BP?\

The US should have let every company on the Bailout dole die. Those companies were failing due to incompetence. BP is clearly out of its league with a preventable disaster and its corporate culture is toxic.

Texas Boy   June 9th, 2010 9:50 am ET

Alec, shut up, All your are is a trained circus poodle

LMJ   June 9th, 2010 10:20 am ET

BP will never be getting my business again..They are murderers and knew all along what was happening.

shane   June 9th, 2010 10:30 am ET


The problem is not people that can be bought......the problem is the people with the money NOT wanting to do whats right in the BEGINNING. Which in turn alleviates the NEED to pay someone off.

The Big companies need to take responsibility for themselves, but they just think about a profit. Capitalism at its most dangerous levels, and the republicans scream for deregulation. QUESTION, if the government had no control over any of these processes, who the hell would YOU run to to stop the leak? we would have oil all over the place. WAKE UP people.

Jake   June 9th, 2010 10:31 am ET

Actors in Hollywood want power but not the responsibility, so their opinions ring hollow.

claudia   June 9th, 2010 10:37 am ET

Perhaps Tony Hayward needs to be tarred and feathered and let loose in the ocean in the gulf of Mexico. Only then would he have a true appreciation of wanting "his life back". Shame on him.

Mark from Middle River   June 9th, 2010 10:57 am ET

I can't wait for the lawyers to get this tragedy into court. BP is not the blind and stupid company that some folks like Baldwin and the Obama thinks they are. These two and other like them are going up against a company that has more legal fail-safes that on all of the rigs combined. In about a year, I feel that folks like Baldwin will again be crying when some team of lawyers not only gets BP off the hook but will have BP pushed to the front of the line to get paid for "its" damages.

Like always, folks make the mistake of thinking that because they hate something or someone that same entity must be brain numb from the top to the bottom.

Willie12345   June 9th, 2010 11:10 am ET

Let's all follow Alex and obey his words. He is our leader and the only one that is truly enlightened.

Who gives a good cxxp what he says?

Jiminredstate   June 9th, 2010 11:18 am ET

Alec Baldwin made his comment regarding BP as he was getting out of his large SUV with driver, this after leaving his huge energy sucking mansion and then getting into the private jet to fly across the country for a round of golf.
Well, on the bright side, at least the liberal/hypocrite energy hog wasn't verballing abusing his own daughter by calling her a pig.

Ireadthis   June 9th, 2010 11:18 am ET

Yeah Alec, let BP die, sort of like your career did. While the thousands of former BP employees look for a way to feed their families, you can enjoy the view of the water from your east end patio while sipping your martini and nibbling on your caviar and crackers. You sir are a phony looking for credibility of some kind, any kind.

BBell   June 9th, 2010 11:18 am ET

I'm somewhat at a loss as to the point of this article, other than as a vehicle to vent personal frustration. That's fair enough, I suppose, but when Mr. Baldwin exhorts us to be fed up with the "crap" from the oil industry, I wonder if he means the fuel that drives productivity in this country, or perhaps plastics that support medicine and every other industry. I can assume he means the oil spill specifically, although there's no indication of that. BP seems to have been woefully unprepared for this incident, but given that nothing like this has happened in decades of drilling with tens of thousands of wells, I'm not sure that's surprising. Maybe we can reduce the overwrought rhetoric, solve the problem, and hold those to account who are responsible. Of course, perhaps Mr. Baldwin will simply call them all "little pigs" next, in keeping with his more general approach to problem-solving.

harpster   June 9th, 2010 11:28 am ET

A good metaphor for this forum of fools is "speaking in tongues at the base of the tower of Babel". The infrastructure of our society and economy is predicated on the availability of oil and will be for quite some time. Yes, we need alternative forms of energy fast, but it will not happen as quickly as we'd like. I find it interesting that employees and former employees of the oil industry generally defend BP (clearly self-serving), while people who support Baldwin blather on in knee-jerk fashion about the destruction of our precious natural resources. I wonder how many of these people drive cheap fuel efficient autos and have driven them for several years? Not many, I think. Humans love to pontificate from great heights and wash their hands of blame. Welcome to the End of Illusion.

screaming tree   June 9th, 2010 11:34 am ET

BP Oil Spill is our Chernobyl. What a beautiful legacy we are leaving our children and grand-children – the entire Gulf of Mexico as a DEAD ZONE – unable to support or allow any life, all in the name of oil. and we are letting it happen. WHERE IS THE ANGER ???!!!

jss   June 9th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

Didn't Alec Baldwin say he was moving out of the US several years ago? What happened??? It must be nice to sit in your weekend beach house in the Hamptons drinking whatever, looking out at the ocean shooting the breeze. What was the next topic Alec? Jetting off to the South of France? Let's try to remember a few things.
– The movie stars are always the ones talking green yet they have 2, 3,4,5 homes each one bigger then the last. They fly around in private jets, get driven in limos etc. but they say we all need to go green. They each use more energy then the common folk.
– Gas is pretty cheap now but when the global economy picks up we will see $4 a gallon or higher. What do you think will happen to the price of gas if a major oil producer and refiner like BP goes under? Do you think the price will go up?????. I am not Alec. I can't afford it... even though I only own 1 house.
– I'm not saying we should bail out BP.... but I am not calling for their destruction either. Not only do the produce gas which we all use and need, they employ many. Do you care about that Alec?

excuse any spelling errors... I get pissed when 'hollywood' shares their brilliance with the rest of us.

bailoutsos   June 9th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

BP will not suffer much because they give a lot of money to both parties. At some point they will pull the plug on being nice and just say "screw you, sue us."

Andrew Maconald   June 9th, 2010 12:32 pm ET


Most of the oil spill coverage focuses on what's happening to people and their communities. While it's certainly tragic, the real tragedy is the impact the spill is having on wildlife and the gulf ecosystem specifically.

The damage to the marshes is criminal and yet all everyone can think about is people and allowing the oil drilling continue to protect "job."
Instead of adopting a fisherman as TESH as suggested (no profit there ..)about let's adopt a turtle, or specific fish.

These creatures can't escape for the most part, and their fate is the real tragedy. Yet all we can do is talk about how affects people, the very group that buys BP oil and wouldn't think for a moment, it seems, of creating an effective energy policy. In the end, we are the real problem. More attention needs to be paid to the real losers in all of this mess,

Ray Fenner   June 9th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

DON'T Boycot BP. We need then to stay in business to pay for the many, many years it is going to take to clean up this mess.

Bill   June 9th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

This world would be a much better and cleaner smelling place if Baldwin, the C-grade "actor" was dead.

eric maxwell   June 9th, 2010 1:08 pm ET

why not place an inverted funnel over top of the gushing oil. This would
be connected to a pump which would pull more of the oil from the sea onto ships.

Fred McAnarney   June 9th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

BP has provided a generic product to the U.S.A. and the world as demanded by the people. Their product is the same as Phillips, CONOCO, Texaco, etc. Now that a really bad thing has happened in the Gulf, BP is the responsible party to stop and clean up the oil spill. This would be expected from any other of it's competitors had they been responsible.
What we can do is continue to buy BP products (as they are generic) that we have used in the past. This will help provide the funds that BP will need to complete the clean up. If BP fails, the cleanup will be dumped directly to the citizenry through the government (we know how that will turn out). Yes our government should oversee and require BP to clean up but to make BP fail through our ignorance would be unacceptable.

Doug   June 9th, 2010 1:31 pm ET

And this comes from someone who calls his daughter a fat little pig.

KD   June 9th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

I'm sorry Neil but as an engineer I am deeply offended by your stupidity. BP has not done everything it can to stop the leak. Instead it has done everything it can to try to salvage the oil. The way they are going about fixing the problem is an absolute travesty and BP execs should go to jail for this. Anything less and I will not be satisfied.

Truth seeker   June 9th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

They should let the corporation BP go bankrupt trying to stay afloat in this mess. They are responsible for what will be soon called the black sea. Why haven't they told the truth about the amount yet. Maybe to get the truth they need hire Bush and Cheney. They think they know the best way to get information from people.

Michelle   June 14th, 2010 1:14 am ET

Alec has a BA in Poli Sci and is a lot smarter than most of you here. Not all actors are dumb and not all people with opinions are geniuses. That doesnt' mean I agree with ALL his views but the man is very worldly and 52. Don't think he isn't intelligent. I think the main thing is the Democratic Party he was raised to be proud of is dead and replaced by fascists. The party of JFK is dead. I think he has too much faith in these people, and they don't deserve it.

The whole gulf region is destroyed. It's never coming back. And BP is a filthy unethical company with a 1000 violations and fraudulent practices. But they have plenty of help from the globalist traitors in our government that care more about kickbacks than the people of this land. That's true from letting the Constitution be raped to cheering on a drug kingpen dictator that sends his criminals to invade our country to doing not a single freakin thing to help the gulf states. They are complicit in our destruction. it's time to face this. They are not for this country.

Michelle   June 14th, 2010 1:23 am ET

BTW, I think Mr. Baldwin is somewhat naive here. He says he can't imagine the oil getting to his lovely native stomping grounds. But the oil IS going there. It's going to get into the gulf stream and go to Iceland. And beyond...
It's IS going to happen there, if BP isn't stopped.

Why isn't' anyone stopping these criminal scumbags? If the rig is in international waters then i think other countries that are in peril that ACTUALLY CARE about their citizens and their industries,t hey will come here and force a solution for their own safety. Our government obviously doesn't give a damn if every last American died. Pretty soon they will tell us to eat the oil just like flouride and mercury, and other deadly poisons.

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