Feds now looking for help on oil spill from … James Cameron

posted at 6:23 pm on June 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Feds really, truly have no Plan B.”

Filmmaker James Cameron and another Canadian who built submersibles for the director’s 1989 thriller “The Abyss” joined talks on Tuesday in Washington on innovative ways of capping the Gulf oil spill.

Cameron and Phil Nuytten, head of North Vancouver-based Nuytco Research, were to join several deepwater and oil sector experts meeting with Environmental Protection Agency officials, a spokeswoman for Nuytco told AFP.

No details of their talks were immediately available.

Two things. One: Is the world’s submersibles industry so bereft of talent that James Cameron is the go-to guy when a national crisis in the deep sea erupts? This is like NASA announcing that they’ve detected a killer asteroid on course for Earth and Obama immediately dialing up Michael Bay. Two: Even if, for whatever insane reason, Cameron’s worth talking to about this, wouldn’t you want to keep it hush-hush if you’re the feds? The One’s wilting from the perception that he’s both powerless to deal with the spill and clueless about what to do even if he wasn’t. This makes the desperation seem that much worse, to the point where even his unofficial fan-club newsletter, a.k.a. Newsweek, is groaning about it. Don’t think it’s taking a bite politically? Here’s the latest from Gallup’s generic-ballot survey:

I doubt Joe Sestak’s job offer is driving that sharp diversion at the end, which means there’s only one possible explanation. But who knows? Maybe Cameron and Kevin Costner will put their heads together and turn this nightmare around. Exit question: Hasn’t the White House’s big talking point lately been that everything’s cool because we have a Nobel-winning scientist on the case? We’ve gone from that to “the guy who directed ‘Titanic’ is helping out too”? What?


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Mutnodjmet on June 1, 2010 at 7:09 PM

No, the feds don’t want to keep it “hush, hush”. That’s because they believe that star power is what is needed in this (and all) circumstance; since Barry’s star power is on the wane, they’re trolling around in Hollywood for a big tuna.

Hey, where’s Bruce Willis and the nuclear option????

dissent555 on June 1, 2010 at 7:10 PM

This, as in almost everything Team ‘O’ engages in, is just indicative of the fantasy world leftists exist in. One can just imagine them getting together and commencing those touchy/feely sessions where they “visualize” their goals as a scientific methodology to actually accomplish anything. Trust me it doesn’t work, I’ve been visualizing myself in Goldie Hawn’s bed since her Laugh In days with no positive results to date.

Pre-teen fantasies are hard to shake.

Archimedes on June 1, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Who has more experience using state-of-the-art equipment in underwater camera operation and mechanical manipulation? There may be some, but I doubt there are many.

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM

BP is one. Exxon Mobile is another.

pedestrian on June 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Tom, you’re probably right.
Cameron & Co. (I think it was a Russian expedition) had to dive pretty deep to find the Titanic wreckage.
They did the dives in 1996(?) because the technology had only then been developed to go that deep with a mini-sub and camera-robot.
To fix the spill, they first have to have a good picture of what’s actually going on down on the ocean floor and it could very well be that Cameron’s sub is what will do the job.

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I understand that they’re going to try to top cap the leak a second time using Cameron’s massive ego.

andycanuck on June 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Why can’t he “organize” a bunch of cruise ships do dump Dawn dish washing liquid over the oil?

SouthernGent on June 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Cameron is a very experienced deep water SCUBA diver (explored and filmed the titanic wreckage).

Skywise on June 1, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Similarly, George Lucas is the planet’s leading xenobiologist.

Kent18 on June 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Again, why is this so far fetched? Who has more experience using state-of-the-art equipment in underwater camera operation and mechanical manipulation? There may be some, but I doubt there are many.
Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM

How about all the oil companies or drilling companies that do deep water drilling and use state of the art equipment to be successfull. If you want special effects, and I can understand why this administration would go for that, call Cameron. I am sure he can make the live cam feed go away. If you want experience, call the men and women who devote their careers to this field. Again, these deep water wells are completely dependent upon submersibles.

bluemarlin on June 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM

James Cameron is not an expert in anything, and ‘consulting’ him on anything is a disgrace and a laugh.

At the very least, he’s an expert in using deep water cameras. And has experience in directing operations by remote that take place thousands of feet under water.

Do you seriously not think he could have some useful knowledge to share here?

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

It’s one thing to design a submersible to film in 5000 feet of water but it’s a whole different world to cap off an oil well that is spewing crude at 2000 psi.
If Cameron not only filmed the Titanic at its depth but also had the knowledge on how to raise it, I would be the first to call him.

Electrongod on June 1, 2010 at 7:14 PM

If you want special effects, and I can understand why this administration would go for that, call Cameron.

Yeah, but Cameron has for years worked filming things underwater. And I’m guessing he has experience in using robotics to manipulate things under water.

Again, why is this so far fetched. Forget for a moment that he’s a movie director. He has experience manipulating things thousands of feet underwater by remote. Why don’t you think he could add some valuable insight or ideas?

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Again, why is this so far fetched? Who has more experience using state-of-the-art equipment in underwater camera operation and mechanical manipulation? There may be some, but I doubt there are many.

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:05 PM

THE OBAMA REGIME IS NOT USING STATE-OF-THE-ART ANYTHING. All that’s being done is being done by BP; even the CGOIC has made that crystal clear in more than one statement. Going to an idiot like Cameron, who says he’s in opposition to out-of-control technologies while he’s making Avatar, is just another indicator of the fact that the regime’s running on nothing. He sees the CG/DHS is unable to get anything done, and instead of going to the free market, what does he do? He goes to Hollywood; a hotbed of people that know a lot of things that just aren’t so, to paraphrase Ronaldus Magnus. Who has more experience in deep-water operations, camera use, etc? Probably BP. Probably the USN (United States Navy). Not to mention a few universities. NOT JAMES CAMERON. Why don’t you just call George Lucas and Ron Howard?

Virus-X on June 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM

At the very least, he’s an expert in using deep water cameras. And has experience in directing operations by remote that take place thousands of feet under water.

Do you seriously not think he could have some useful knowledge to share here?

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Cameron would have no more experience in robotics in a challenging enviroment than the Navy or NASA.

Archimedes on June 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM

If Cameron not only filmed the Titanic at its depth but also had the knowledge on how to raise it, I would be the first to call him.

Electrongod on June 1, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Sorry, but raising the Titanic involves a whole different scenario than plugging a spewing undersea oil well.

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Are.You.Freaking.Kidding?

Gulf Coast will be knee-deep in crude before these a$$hats solve anything; time for the affected states to tell the Feds to piss off and take matters into their own hands.

ya2daup on June 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Cameron would have no more experience in robotics in a challenging enviroment than the Navy or NASA.

Archimedes on June 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Well, given the fact that Maobama either can’t or won’t call the Navy or NASA, why won’t Cameron’s subs and expertise do?

The man has at least proven he can handle extremely complicated 21st Century technology…
And I loathe the man and refuse to watch Dances with Blue Wolves Avatar.

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM

The WH is missing an opportunity to get the correct scoop from Paris Hilton.

obleo on June 1, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Hahaha actually today in the elevator some guy started laughing (he was looking at the elevator TV) and said “Can you believe they’ve called James Cameron as an expert on the oil spill cleanup?!” … and his buddy who didn’t quite hear him correctly said “Kirk Cameron?!?”

And I started laughing out loud – but really Kirk makes as much sense as James in this situation.

CityFish on June 1, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Cameron would have no more experience in robotics in a challenging enviroment than the Navy or NASA.

To be honest, I don’t know if this is true or not. And neither do you.

I do, however, find it plausible that James Cameron and Phil Nuytten would be valuable assets, given their experience in filming underwater.

The fact that so many people are OUTRAGED at this seems extremely ridiculous to me.

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Guess Obama was serious about Malia wanting to help…..

2nd Ammendment Mother on June 1, 2010 at 7:27 PM

If you want special effects, and I can understand why this administration would go for that, call Cameron.
Yeah, but Cameron has for years worked filming things underwater. And I’m guessing he has experience in using robotics to manipulate things under water.

Again, why is this so far fetched. Forget for a moment that he’s a movie director. He has experience manipulating things thousands of feet underwater by remote. Why don’t you think he could add some valuable insight or ideas?

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

What could he offer, to film the leak, the leak we have been watching on a live cam for two weeks or more? Can he offer to help map the area for them, the area that has been mapped already my penetrating radar, sonar, and probably side scan etc…? Will he be able to tell them where they laid their pipes and drilled their hole? Will he know anything about pipelines, drilling mud, escaping methane, the right kind of cement that should be used, or what? Seriously, he has pretty much zero experience with the subject at hand except that he knows how to film and look at radar scans in deep water. Since we already know where it is they have the plans in front of them, what can he add?

bluemarlin on June 1, 2010 at 7:28 PM

agmartin on June 1, 2010 at 7:09 PM

‘Fess up: you’re the Nobel Prize winning Dr. Fubar Man Chu slumming here at HA!

ya2daup on June 1, 2010 at 7:31 PM

At the very least, he’s an expert in using deep water cameras. And has experience in directing operations by remote that take place thousands of feet under water.

Do you seriously not think he could have some useful knowledge to share here?

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Yes, I seriously think he doesn’t know sh-t. Again: he did not use the cameras. He didn’t do the filming, he didn’t design the cameras, he didn’t do the R&D on the vehicles that delivered any of the technologies. Furthermore, it was from one damned movie. Drilling/exploration companies do this for a living, and unlike Cameron and the Hollywood elites that think they know everything, these guys actually do it for a living. The do exploration in real life; they don’t just play them in movies. Cameron, on the other hand, doesn’t even do that; he just sits back in a chair and gives orders to the people that are pretending to be something they’re not. As opposed to talking to this liberal, America-hating scumbag, they could’ve talked to BG Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, DNO, ExxonMobil, Hess, PetroCanada, Shell, TAQA, Kerr-McGee, SNEPCO, BZP Energy, etc. THE LIST GOES ON, and the name James Cameron is not on it, when you’re looking for professionals. Instead, they’re talking about putting their ‘boot on the neck of BP’. Want a deep sea photography expert? Try National Geographic. How about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? How about Odyssey Marine Exploration Company? You can find that crap on a damned Google search, and the smartest man in the damned world couldn’t do that? Enough with Hollywood’s most personally hated director being some kind of savior. If anybody ought to be getting sued, it’s Obama, for failing to implement the federal government’s oil spill plan, which had been in place for years.

Virus-X on June 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM

While he has directed films that used submersibles that in no way proves he handled them himself. Why don’t we just hire the companies that did the work that he directed.

chemman on June 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Another piece of comedy gold that SNL will undoubtably ignore.

The Ugly American on June 1, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Hasn’t the White House’s big talking point lately been that everything’s cool because we have a Nobel-winning scientist on the case?


Although I’m sure it’s been said, many times many ways….. Hasn’t the Nobel-winning President’s big talking point lately been that everything’s cool because we have a Nobel-winning scientist on the case?….. Aha ha ha ha… We’re all doomed, cause we know… it’s a Peace Prize.

RalphyBoy on June 1, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Why not have Scotty beam the oil up into a tanker? Call Gene Rodenberry! — What he’s dead? But how can that be? I see all these Star Trek shows and movies on TV all the time. What the heck, someone has to know how to operate the transporter.

KW64 on June 1, 2010 at 7:42 PM

I have said it 20 times.

If you want to solve the problem – give a real incentive. Get every deep water oil company to devise a solution – not just BP. Get every top engineering school involved.

The oil captured goes to the winner – as will tons of positive PR and revenue for the furure.

“We capped and saved the Gulf” can be their tag line for years.

As it is, we have an inept admin – throwing lawyers and movie directors at a problem that NEEDS deep water and oil drilling experience.

It would be a joke if my livelihood didnt depend on this AA President and admin.

Odie1941 on June 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Next up to cover for the incompetence of Jug-eared Jesus: Sealab 2021

ya2daup on June 1, 2010 at 7:48 PM

To be honest, I don’t know if this is true or not. And neither do you.

I do, however, find it plausible that James Cameron and Phil Nuytten would be valuable assets, given their experience in filming underwater.

The fact that so many people are OUTRAGED at this seems extremely ridiculous to me.

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM

No, you don’t have a clue. The USN has the United States Naval Academy, and the Naval Postgraduate School. People at NASA generally have masters degrees and PhDs, when in important positions. What’s Cameron’s degree in? He thought he was smart enough to be a physicist, then woke up to the reality that he was a moron, and packing nowhere near that level of intellectual firepower. Then he tried to be an English major, and found he wasn’t even that smart. So he DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE.

http://www.filmmakers.com/artists/cameron/biography/index.htm

The National Ocean Service is under David M. Kennedy, and was a U.S. delegate to the International Maritime Organization’s Conference on Oil Pollution Preparation and Response, chaired the Washington State Legislative Committee on Oil Spill Response, and was a member of the 1990 Program Committee of the National Oil Spill Conference. He founded the Islands Oil Spill Association, a non-profit oil spill response cooperative (http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/about/supp_bio.html) (http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2006/may06/noaa06-055.html). And you still think a broken down movie director is the go-to guy. Are you some kind of DU plant, or something?

So, yeah, maybe you can’t seem to figure out that he’s an idiot that has no real job skills that would apply outside Tinseltown, but nobody else is fooled.

Virus-X on June 1, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I have said it 20 times.

If you want to solve the problem – give a real incentive. Get every deep water oil company to devise a solution – not just BP. Get every top engineering school involved.

The oil captured goes to the winner – as will tons of positive PR and revenue for the furure.

“We capped and saved the Gulf” can be their tag line for years.

As it is, we have an inept admin – throwing lawyers and movie directors at a problem that NEEDS deep water and oil drilling experience.

It would be a joke if my livelihood didnt depend on this AA President and admin.

Odie1941 on June 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Indeed, it occurs to me that this is socialist “science” in action.

Skywise on June 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

This was parodied in the Imagination land episode of South Park with Michael Bay.

Egfrow on June 1, 2010 at 7:53 PM

OK, let’s face it, if the Obama regime has gone to James Cameron for answers, it’s obviously a “Hail Mary” situation…but what could it hurt?!

LOL!

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:54 PM

To everyone who keeps saying that James Cameron has experience with camera’s at a deep level….how am I able to see oil spewing from the well? Don’t they already have a camera down there?

So what else does Cameron have?

ramrants on June 1, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Are you some kind of DU plant, or something?

Virus-X on June 1, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Too funny!
Given the bent of Shipley’s other comments here at HA, I’d say you probably nailed it!

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Jenfidel on June 1, 2010 at 7:19 PM

While he has directed films that used submersibles that in no way proves he handled them himself. Why don’t we just hire the companies that did the work that he directed.

chemman on June 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM

I’m not a fan of his movies but he is very experienced with deep water exploration. He himself admits that his movies are secondary to his interest in deep sea exploration.

You might be most familiar with titanic but he did a number of other documentaries on the Bismark, the Olympic, and a 3d movies about exploring the abyss. He used leased equipment in the early films but they also made their own submersibles which could produce excellent images at depths deeper than the problem well in the gulf.

I don’t see anything wrong with consulting him. He has been advocating for more serious exploration of the deep sea and the sea floor often comparing the money spent and technology used in space to the paucity or complete lack of serious resources being used to develop deep sea technology and exploration programs. If people are upset that feds are going to Cameron and not consulting experts from the oil industry it is because they are unaware that they have been consulting with just about every firm out there. If you saw some of the documentary movies you would know that he does operate his own equipment.

lexhamfox on June 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I don’t care if he calls from the grave Walt Disney himself.

Do you have any idea how long it takes to thaw out a cryogenic chamber?

SagebrushPuppet on June 1, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Who directed Armageddon…oh wait… never mind wrong movie…

jerrytbg on June 1, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Copperfield is known as a great illusionist. he would fit in perfectly with obama

ConservativePartyNow on June 1, 2010 at 7:09 PM

No, he wouldn’t. Copperfield is a GREAT illusionist.

SagebrushPuppet on June 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM

To everyone who keeps saying that James Cameron has experience with camera’s at a deep level….how am I able to see oil spewing from the well? Don’t they already have a camera down there?

So what else does Cameron have?

ramrants on June 1, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Yeah that was my earlier point. Cameron’s expertise is in robotic cameras.
Already got the robots there – check.
Already got the cameras there – check.

The problem is the sealing the leak and Cameron’s got no physics experience nor chemistry experience to help with that aspect.

Shep btw is going nuts.

Although it occurs to me… why do they need to cut the pipe? Why not just crimp it shut?

Skywise on June 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM

You do realize that most of the water scenes were filmed on dry land on stages. Right? And the underwater lab is also a stage too? You don’t seriously think “The Abyss” was filmed on location at the bottom of the sea. Do you?

I would seriously enjoy watching you and James Cameron smiling up at me from your movie prop bubble sub as you slowly fade from sight while you descended over a mile underwater to save the world.

Guardian on June 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM

lexhamfox on June 1, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Yea…it also shows the level serious desperation…
In that they would take the heat for the consult…

jerrytbg on June 1, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Here’s more from Cameron’s IMDB page:

Aliens of The Deep
James Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the Mid-Ocean Ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the Earth and are home to some of the planet’s most unique life forms.

Ghosts of the Abyss
Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration # the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world’s foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before.

Expedition Bismarck
Produced and directed by James Cameron, the man who brought the movie megahit Titanic to life in 1997, the two-hour documentary Expedition: Bismarck uses state-of-the-art technology and filming equipment to offer viewers the first images of the Bismarck since its death 61 years earlier. This required Cameron and his hardy crew to risk their own lives by plunging some 16,000 feet into the icy North Atlantic, but the end results were well worth the danger involved.

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Soooo, I guess it ain’t Barry who’s King of the World, huh?

SagebrushPuppet on June 1, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Odie1941 on June 1, 2010 at 7:45 PM

My understanding is BP reached out to all their competitors and experts in the industry the first week this thing blew.

However, this is an interesting story.

ramrants on June 1, 2010 at 8:09 PM

You guys are way off base thinking he was brought in because of The Abyss and Titanic. They are bringing him in to help build a cyborg assassin to “terminate” the hole.

Joe Caps on June 1, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Similarly, George Lucas is the planet’s leading xenobiologist.

Kent18 on June 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM

To finish your point…who used Lego technology to build the first Star Wars spaceships. Talk about evolution of special effects!

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Plug the damn hole. – You are going to get that statement from The Precedent. In 3D.

antisocial on June 1, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Obama is a Titanic president.

profitsbeard on June 1, 2010 at 8:32 PM

However, this is an interesting story.

ramrants on June 1, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Meantime, Saudia Arabia is sitting on the world’s largest fleet of supertankers. Pozzi suggests that the U.S. government tell the Saudis: ” ‘Hey, we helped you out, can you help us out? Lend us some supertankers.’ For a little payback for helping them out during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.”

Huh… that’s what I’d expect a self-proclaimed Community Organizer to be able to do…easy… Y’know… unless that was all just fluff…

Skywise on June 1, 2010 at 8:40 PM

I’m thinking the real reason they’re bringing Cameron in is so that he can document how noble and intelligent the entire BamBam administration was during this whole crisis that captured the world’s imagination. Of course, it will have to be filmed in 3-D so that everyone can feel that they are right there with our governmental heroes when the film finally hits theaters just weeks after Barry saves the world.

And since it is in 3-D, you will be expected to shell out the additional $$$ for the privilege of seeing it. If you’re really lucky, perhaps there will be some clever marketing tie-in on the popcorn bucket and/or the commemorative cup that your beverage comes in. Maybe there will be an entree with some clever name just for the occasion in the theaters that offer dinner and a movie….

Come on, people – you gotta think like these narcissists do. You just know that Barry sees himself as the hero in every single one of his fiascos, right?

TeresainFortWorth on June 1, 2010 at 8:46 PM

You’d think by now, they’d finally have called the Navy.

Those air cushion vehicles would sure be helpful in the marshes deploying booms.
That Small Boat Unit (not SEAL’s, think about the boats in Apocalypse Now) below New Orleans would be more helpful than drafting shrimpers.
Submarines.
Surface Ships galore including dock ships.
SeaBees.
Air Resources (which apparently Canada is lending us?)
Tens of thousands of sailors already trained to fight fuel and oil spills under the worst circumstances.

The list is pretty much endless. So why hasn’t the Navy been called?

Jason Coleman on June 1, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Doc Brown is good at inventing things, try him.

Little Boomer on June 1, 2010 at 8:51 PM

My understanding is they sent Jack Dawson on a dive mission, but he froze to death. Fortunately, there was better technology available and the Obama Administration seems to have a handle on this thing now.

BKeyser on June 1, 2010 at 8:53 PM

C’mon, the One’s propaganda isn’t working so he’s going to the Hollywood Pro. Obama come’s across like an Avatar, emotionally.

Also, his administration has hit more than one political iceberg since he took office so he needs pointers on how to rearrange the deck chairs before he goes down with his ship of state.

So why not Cameron?

chickasaw42 on June 1, 2010 at 8:56 PM

However, this is an interesting story.

ramrants on June 1, 2010 at 8:09 PM

His only solution is for scooping up the oil that has already spilled. Apparently they aren’t really worried about that part of the problem.

What Cameron can do is to film The One stand on the prow of a cruise ship with his arms out in a cross as he sails over the site of the leak.

pedestrian on June 1, 2010 at 9:02 PM

My oil expert told me to bet on the cut and pump process working despite everything you are hearing. I used his imput on a Monday morning QB of how a real leader would have ahndled this.

Three reasons:

They are just manipulating pipe.

They tried the other stuff first since they wanted to swing for the fences with a total stanch.

They can lie about the discharge rate.

Being POTUS can be easy.

PS These enviromental toadies and a lefty producer should have a role in solving this problem just as Franklin Raines and the CRA promoters should have had a voice in the aftermath of the mortgage meltdown.

IlikedAUH2O on June 1, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Shep btw is going nuts.

Although it occurs to me… why do they need to cut the pipe? Why not just crimp it shut?

Skywise on June 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I wrote about this in another BP post. Mr. PPF is a perfusionist, so for heart surgeries and such he clamps tubes to stop fluids, and of course he operates the heart-lung machine which has a centrifuge in it. Basically, OR procedures for heart procedures.

I wrote “clamp it, then seal it”.

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Tom_Shipley on June 1, 2010 at 8:07 PM

So now we’re going with an IMDB page to find someone to help thwart one of the most (if not the most) environmental disasters in American history?

Cool…I guess?

HAnthonyWayne on June 1, 2010 at 9:48 PM

You know what? I bet with all the brainstorming, the jokes and all the know-hows in the industry that may or may not know how to deal with this, a bunch of college students in the US can come up with a solution.

Watch out.

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Hmmm.

James Cameron?

Kevin Costner?

It truly is Dances with Oily Smurfs!

memomachine on June 1, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Skywise on June 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Cameron’s expertise is in robotic cameras.
Already got the robots there – check.
Already got the cameras there – check.

The problem is the sealing the leak and Cameron’s got no physics experience nor chemistry experience to help with that aspect.

Despite what you may think of his politics, James Cameron is an extremely talented engineer; he’s got very extensive experience with manned subs as well as remotely operated vehicles. I don’t personally know Cameron, but I do personally know underwater operators who have worked with him, and they have high respect for his abilities. I think his hands-on experience in the deep sea is very relevant indeed to solving the leak problem. Your ‘checklist’ is a gross oversimplification of the problems involved. Under water operations via ROV involve very delicate manipulations as often as heavy lifting, and this situation is probably no exception. Any improvements in lighting and camera could likely help in that regard.

AllahPundit:

Even if, for whatever insane reason, Cameron’s worth talking to about this, wouldn’t you want to keep it hush-hush if you’re the feds?

If you are more interested in political appearance than actually solving a technical problem then yeah, maybe having Cameron onboard is a liability.

westernflyer on June 1, 2010 at 10:04 PM

What a pathetic response from both BP and the Feds. Neither seems as concerned as they should be. But then, it’s not their livelihoods at stake. If they fished for a living it might be different.

scalleywag on June 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM

We will all turn blue in the face waiting for this leftwing hack to give any sound advice. A thousand monkeys typing for a thousand years would come up with more sensible advice than anything spewing from the mind of Mr. Cameron.

eaglewingz08 on June 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I have no idea why Cameron inserted himself into this disaster scene, but Phil Nuytten is a brilliant engineer who is extremely well known as a developer of underwater equipment and techniques. He is the kind of person BP and the government SHOULD be consulting for ideas, IF they have any brains, and that’s a big IF.

http://www.nuytco.com/about/phil.shtml

CAM5 on June 1, 2010 at 11:08 PM

What a pathetic response from both BP and the Feds. Neither seems as concerned as they should be. But then, it’s not their livelihoods at stake. If they fished for a living it might be different.

scalleywag on June 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM

WTF do you expect BP to do? According to the Obama regime, they’ve got their foot on BP’s neck. Real helpful. BP’s tried mudding by forcing heavy materials into the leak, they’ve tried this, and they’ve tried that. What more do you want them to do? What suggestions do you have? I’ll bet they’ve got a lot more incentive to get this plugged, than you do, as today they just surpassed the billion dollar mark in expenses toward doing just that. I guarantee the federal government hasn’t spent nearly that much money in addressing this situation, and neither have you. What the Hell do you expect them to do? Wish it away? Dress in sackcloth, tear their garments and walk through the streets of the French Quarter weeping and moaning? You’re sounding a lot like an O-bot, now. They’re making a good-faith effort to get this taken care of. Shut up, stand back and let the free market do it’s job.

Virus-X on June 1, 2010 at 11:09 PM

What a pathetic response from both BP and the Feds. Neither seems as concerned as they should be. But then, it’s not their livelihoods at stake. If they fished for a living it might be different.

scalleywag

BP’s livelihood isn’t at stake here? You are kidding, right?

Fear not though, as James Cameron knows how to make movies underwater, so surely the solution is close at hand.

xblade on June 1, 2010 at 11:20 PM

The list is pretty much endless. So why hasn’t the Navy been called?

Jason Coleman on June 1, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Annnd, seeing that obama is the Commander in Chief of the Navy, nay, the entire US Armed Forces, he has the power to tell them do do ANYTHING he wants. Does saying “Please protect the USA” hurt so much for this boy?

Spectreman on June 1, 2010 at 11:26 PM

They called Cameron in to make a movie about the Obama presidency: Titanic II

bitsy on June 1, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Seriously. . . can anyone explain why the Navy isn’t elbow deep in this.

They DO have tens of thousands already trained for spill containment.

They have more underwater experience than ANYONE else.

They have ideal craft for almost every aspect of this operation and can deploy far faster than anyone else.

They have the ability to bring more resources to bear in a shorter time-frame than anyone AND they are able to bring along their own support (aircraft, transport capability, etc. etc.)

Can anyone give a good answer as to why the Navy is absent from this?

Jason Coleman on June 1, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Cameron? Jeez. Maybe he’ll transform Odumbo.

Thusly:

Avatard

justltl on June 1, 2010 at 11:50 PM

I didn’t photoshop those ears, by the way.
They’re Odumbo’s original equipment.

Honestly.

justltl on June 1, 2010 at 11:53 PM

1. Bob Ballard found the Titanic, Cameron did a movie about it.
2. The Russians did all the underwater work using the Mir submersibles, which by the way were designed by Finland.
3. The Abyss was filmed in an abandoned containment vessel of a nuclear reactor, not the ocean.
4. Bob Ballard found the Bismarck, Cameron did a movie about it.

5. Once again, they used the Mir submersibles.

Cameron is not an expert on anything except plagarizing movie plots. Sheesh, what idiots.

gordo on June 2, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Oh yeah…

justltl on June 2, 2010 at 12:21 AM

I like the lighting on this one better.

Sorry.

Carry on.

justltl on June 2, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Cameron’s idea is to bore his way to the main pipe with his Avatar movie, then to block it up with coffee-table books of his deep sea voyages. I think we should let him contribute to society just this once.

virgo on June 2, 2010 at 3:27 AM

Virus-X on June 1, 2010 at

As much as I hate agreeing with Tom Shipley on anything, You do not have to have gone to college to be a good hands on engineer. You have proclaimed that James Cameron has not in fact designed and built deep water equipment but presented no evidence that. And even if he has not even done the hands on work of using the equipment, he has directed its use. He has experience managing complex operations.

Even if all he does is pound one clue into Obamao’s jug eared head, his involvment will be for the good.

Slowburn on June 2, 2010 at 7:21 AM

I’m a qualified expert. I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.

bloviator on June 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM

And even if he has not even done the hands on work of using the equipment, he has directed its use.

Slowburn on June 2, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Congratulations. You’ve just conclusively proven that Christopher Nolan is actually Batman.

Kent18 on June 2, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Clueless and desperate is a bad combination.

Kissmygrits on June 2, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Congratulations. You’ve just conclusively proven that Christopher Nolan is actually Batman.

Kent18 on June 2, 2010 at 9:27 AM

That is just about the most asinine comment I have seen since simple simon.

Slowburn on June 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM

That is just about the most asinine comment I have seen since simple simon.

Slowburn on June 2, 2010 at 10:48 AM

You’re entitled to the belief, no matter how boneheaded.

Kent18 on June 2, 2010 at 10:58 AM

As much as I hate agreeing with Tom Shipley on anything, You do not have to have gone to college to be a good hands on engineer. You have proclaimed that James Cameron has not in fact designed and built deep water equipment but presented no evidence that. And even if he has not even done the hands on work of using the equipment, he has directed its use. He has experience managing complex operations.

Even if all he does is pound one clue into Obamao’s jug eared head, his involvment will be for the good.

Slowburn on June 2, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Here’s your proof

During his initial research for the film, Cameron decided to film the actual wreck of the Titanic and incorporate this footage into his fictional movie. Titanic had sunk to a depth of 12,480 feet, some 2 1/2 miles below the surface of the most treacherous ocean on Earth. There are only five submersible craft in the world capable of diving below 12,000 feet. Two of them, Mir 1 and Mir 2 were housed in a Russian research vessel, the Akademik Keldysh. The Russian scientific director in charge of the Keldysh, Dr. Anatoly Sagalevitch, initially disdained such a frivolous use his research vessel. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union had made money scarce and Sagalevitch welcomed the opportunity to bring in American dollars.

In September 1995, Cameron began filming his dives to the Titanic wreck site far below the surface of the Atlantic. At that depth, the water pressure is 6,000 pounds per square inch. One small flaw in the vessel’s superstructure would mean instant death for all on board. He went on twelve high risk dives but various conditions prevented him from getting the high quality of footage that he wanted. Cameron would later mislead the viewing public and the industry as to the extent of genuine underwater footage in the movie. Much of this footage consists of miniature models and special effects filmed on a set.

Based upon Cameron’s skill in “managing complex operations” and “misleading the viewing public“, I’d suspect something else entirely…

dominigan on June 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Cameron would later mislead the viewing public and the industry as to the extent of genuine underwater footage in the movie. Much of this footage consists of miniature models and special effects filmed on a set.

dominigan on June 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Game. Set. Match. ;)

Kent18 on June 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM