Despite some snickering from FOX Business News morning personality Stuart Varney over the idea of big Hollywood and specifically producer director James Cameron helping BP in the current oil fiasco, many observers are at their last tether with the oil company and the government and are all ears for Mr. Cameron’s vision to plug the underwater oil geyser.
Varney’s panel regular Tracy Byrnes stuck up for Cameron today saying at this point, why not consider what the Hollywood heavyweight has to propose.
“Avatar” director James Cameron on Wednesday evening offered assistance by way of a private team of deep-sea experts with whom which he shared his “tech lust” and has worked on several underwater films and exploration efforts.
“Over the last few weeks I’ve watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what’s happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don’t know what they’re doing,” Cameron said at the D: All Things Digital conference near Los Angeles.
Cameron has extensively developed and utilized deep sea robotic vehicles and submersibles over a period of 22 years, back when he was at sea with Robert Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and later making the films “Titanic” and “The Abyss.”
“Wait a minute, I know a lot of smart people in deep submergence,” Cameron said he thought as the Gulf crisis deepened. “Why don’t I just get all these people that I know together for a brainstorming session?”
Better the question, will President Obama see and hear this and marshal all the big thinkers and scientists, engineers and industry leaders together and make a historic think tank, funded by BP, to end the runaway gusher?
Cameron told the audience that on Tuesday he had gathered 23 people — a “who’s who” of the deep sea robotics community — together in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, and according to a report filed by the Washington Post, no one from the EPA attended the meeting at the agency’s headquarters.
“Shenanigans going on.”
Cameron was explicit at the meeting included the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; the Oceanographic Institute at Harbor Branch, Florida Atlantic University; Deep Oceans Expeditions; the PP Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and Phoenix International.
“They (Government agencies) could not have been more gracious but they basically said, ‘We’ve got this,'” Cameron told the assembled group, according to the Post’s recounting of the meeting.
“The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation and monitor it,” Cameron said. “Because if you’re not monitoring it independently, you’re asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene.”
Talk back: Are you for or against James Cameron helping Gov. Bobby Jindal and those who are begging BP and the Government to help and act more efficiently in ending this continuing disaster?Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.