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Obama Seeks Hollywood's Help With Oil Spill

June 4, 2010
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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As this undersea oil volcano in the Gulf continues to destroy the ecosystem, the Obama administration is showing signs of desperation and maybe a bit of a fantasy fixation.

They are now turning to celebrities from the entertainment world to help stop the oil from flowing into the ocean water. After all, who is smarter than a Hollywood celebrity?

First actor, director, and Sundance Film Festival co-founder Robert Redford appeared in ads calling on the government to do more about the spill.

“The Gulf disaster is more than a terrible oil spill,” Redford said in the ads. “It’s the product of a failed energy policy . . . one that puts oil company profits ahead of people and the environment.”

Redford must be elated at the recent Obama threat to do away with incentives for oil production. He wants us to abandon oil for green technology that may or may not work in the future. Unfortunately no viable alternatives exist for our current oil dependent economy.

Then Kevin Costner who had contact with the sea when he directed “Waterworld,” a 1995 film about survivors on an ocean covered earth who battled for fossil fuel, invested his money, from other films, in technology for cleaning ocean-based oil spills.

Costner’s help is legit. This guy’s oil spill separation machines have been in the making for over 15 years. He teamed up with his scientist brother and spent about $26 million since the Exxon Valdez disaster to fund the development of oil-filtration technology.

BP agreed to test the actor’s high-speed centrifuge called “Ocean Therapy.” He said that his technology has been “prepared to go out and solve problems, not talk about them.” Sounds like a slam to a certain resident of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Working like a massive vacuum cleaner, Ocean Therapy separates the oil and puts clean water back out into the sea. Costner bought the technology from the military years ago to work on improving it. It could help the clean-up, but probably not with the continued flow of oil into the water that has to be brought to a standstill.

But the Obama administration wanted to consult other experts to help stop the spill and so they turned to a guy who specializes in make believe

James Cameron, director of “Avatar,” was called into a meeting of experts by the Environmental Protection Agency to come up with answers on how to, as the president says, “plug the hole.”

Instead of calling on leading scientists and engineers, this White House seeks the sage advice of a movie director.

Cameron happens to be a radical Al Gore-loving environmentalist having inserted an insipid New Age green propaganda fantasy into “Avatar.” But he directed and produced a number of deep-sea documentaries, and the undersea thriller, “The Abyss.”

Obama must love the fact that the director publicly referred to BP officials as “morons.” Cameron said that BP turned down his offer to help with the oil spill.

“Over the last few weeks I've watched . . . with growing horror and heartache . . . what's happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing,” Cameron said at a digital technology conference.

The director has worked with robot submarines and is an expert in undersea filming, but has never fixed a broken oil pipeline. “Those morons” have.

Cameron said that the experts who took part in the EPA meeting were now “writing it all up and putting in reports to the various agencies” his obviously brilliant ideas.

“I know really, really, really smart people that work typically at depths much greater than what that well is at,” Cameron said, dramatically using three “reallys.”

The director could assist by actually going one mile down to the bottom of the Gulf and filming the oil leak. In fact, Cameron would have the spill coming at you in 3-D and probably release it into your neighborhood IMAX Theater.

But this is still a guy who deals in fiction. If the White House is looking to the world of fiction to solve the oil spill problem, perhaps they should call Spiderman and have him plug the hole with some of that gooey web stuff, or maybe bring in magician David Copperfield to make the whole thing disappear.

But for now, the administration has possession of the copious notes they took when a Hollywood director, James Cameron, who never solved a real problem in the oil business, imparted his ideas.

Apparently the Obama administration forgot the ending of Cameron’s second most famous film — “Titanic.”

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