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James Cameron meets with feds on oil spill

Associated Press

"Top kill" didn't stop the Gulf oil spill. How about something "titanic"?

Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The "Avatar" and "Titanic" director was among a group of scientists and other experts who met Tuesday with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak.

The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies. "Avatar" and "Titanic" are the two highest-grossing films of all time.

By Associated Press  |  June 1, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Any source or person who could offer up some solution to this tragic situation should be heard. Cameron, or otherwise.

Remember that 18 wheeler that miscalculated the height of an overpass, and got hopelessely stuck? The greatest minds scratched their heads, and couldn't figure out how to "unstuck" the rig.

Collapse the overpass? Cut off the top of of the rig?

It wasn't until an observant little boy spoke up and said: "Why don't you just let the air out of the tires and push it out"?

Grumpy people who gripe contribute nothing. Naysayers aren't written up in history for their brilliance or contributions.

Think out of the box. Any one of you might be part of the solution. Speak up.

Posted by: klbrunig | June 3, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Any source or person who could offer up some solution to this tragic situation should be heard. Cameron, or otherwise.

Remember that 18 wheeler that miscalculated the height of an overpass, and got hopelessely stuck? The greatest minds scratched their heads, and couldn't figure out how to "unstuck" the rig.

Collapse the overpass? Cut off the top of of the rig?

It wasn't until an observant little boy spoke up and said: "Why don't you just let the air out of the tires and push it out"?

Grumpy people who gripe contribute nothing. Naysayers aren't written up in history for their brilliance or contributions.

Think out of the box. Any one of you might be part of the solution. Speak up.

Posted by: klbrunig | June 3, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Funny how people from Hollywood are disparaged here. Let's remember, folks, the Repubs elected an actor to run the whole country! And, not a very good one at that.

Posted by: wide-eyed1 | June 2, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Who's next? Kevin Costner? After all, he starred in "Waterworld."
www.eightfits.blogspot.com

Posted by: Baxter24 | June 2, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Most under water scenes we did in a tank on a stage in North Carolina for the Abyss.

Posted by: brett959 | June 2, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

The people complaining about this have no idea what they are talking about. Cameron is not involved because he is a movie producer/director. He is involved because his submersibles are designed to go up to 3 miles underwater and withstand the pressure involved in dealing with underwater mechanics. Not only does he employ the most experienced sub pilots, but he has the most technologically advanced equipment available in the public or private sector. If you are unfamiliar with his documentary work, look at the filming of the Bismarc which took place 16000 feet under in the Arctic sea.
Just because he is a film producer, does not mean he is useless here. No one expects him to stop the leak, but his underwater cameras are not as likely to stop as much as BP's have.

Posted by: Bowedoak

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God I hope so! but why did it take so long for the Fed to schedule the brainstorming session. And how long will it take to turn these "brainstorms" into actions!

I just wonder how much it is going to cost the govt to "rent" his equipment! LOL!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | June 2, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Don Knotts died, he used to be a dolphin and could handle demanding missions like this one.

Posted by: Maybe_its_just_me_ | June 1, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

racerdoc

Yeah - like the GOP or anyone of their many geniousous have come up with a solution.
Of course like McCain and his claim in 2008 of knowing how to handle terrorism if he was elected but refusing to offer help UNLESS he was elected. The GOP has chosen to SPEW HATRED at the same rate the oil spill is SPEWING OIL.

THE GOP - no ideas, lot of hate
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I'd call in Bob Ballard, before James Cameron. We don't need Hollywood, we need Naval Action!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Russell Crowe should be invited since he once played an MIT grad student. The analysis lack of facts in this article demonstrates why journalists and politicians are headed in the same direction---out of a job!

Posted by: FarmDestruction | June 1, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

So, I guess the current government are fans of South Park? I seem to recall Mel Gibson was the one with the big ideas in that episode.

Posted by: futbolclif | June 1, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies."

Does that explain this to any of you?

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | June 1, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The people complaining about this have no idea what they are talking about. Cameron is not involved because he is a movie producer/director. He is involved because his submersibles are designed to go up to 3 miles underwater and withstand the pressure involved in dealing with underwater mechanics. Not only does he employ the most experienced sub pilots, but he has the most technologically advanced equipment available in the public or private sector. If you are unfamiliar with his documentary work, look at the filming of the Bismarc which took place 16000 feet under in the Arctic sea.
Just because he is a film producer, does not mean he is useless here. No one expects him to stop the leak, but his underwater cameras are not as likely to stop as much as BP's have.

Posted by: Bowedoak | June 1, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I see a lot of Republifreaks here trying to condemn James Cameron just as they do everything and everybody else.

Anyone hear even 1 Republican come up with anything?

Crickets.


Posted by: lindalovejones | June 1, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why no one has tried the "pinch" method. Basically, have one of those underwater robots grab hold of the end of the pipe and squeeze, bending the metal, constricting the pipe diameter to shut or slow the flow, much like you bend over the garden hose to stop the flow when you don't have the nozzle on it.

I know we are talking about metal pipes and much larger pressures, the the blowout preventer would be toast but what does that matter, the principle should still be the same

Posted by: Nosh1 | June 1, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Is it the Post's conclusion that by virtue of James Cameron's work on the two highest grossing films in in all time, that this makes him an expert on expert on underwater technology. This is an interesting statement by the Post which seems to be completely detached from reality.

Surely professional journalism hasn't fallen to such a degree of of ineptitude as to analogize that just because someone has created good movies based on real problems, that he would be capable of solving those problems in real life. That's akin to saying that just because someone plays a doctor on TV, that he'd make a good doctor in real life.

Posted by: Tonylnbv1 | June 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I see nothing wrong with asking for help -- why not? I know James and his crew had to do a lot of research for The Abyss, which was about underwater oil drilling. To dismiss this out of hand is really not smart.

By the way, what does "...he is losing is so called, laser sights on the problem, at hand" even mean? Are you even paying attention to what you are writing? No offense friend, but this is a serious issue and it requires serious thought.

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | June 1, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - like the GOP or anyone of their many geniousous have come up with a solution.
Of course like McCain and his claim in 2008 of knowing how to handle terrorism if he was elected but refusing to offer help UNLESS he was elected. The GOP has chosen to SPEW HATRED at the same rate the oil spill is SPEWING OIL.

THE GOP - no ideas, lot of hate

Posted by: racerdoc | June 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Calling James Cameron in is like calling Irwin Allen in, because it is like a disaster picture.

There's a big difference in shooting a picture in a lagoon, in Baja California, as compared to one mile down.

King Obonehead is soooo kissy-kissy with the morons in Hollyweird, he is losing is so called, laser sights on the problem, at hand.

More morons making bad choices.

599 more "Day One's" before King Obonehead gets the boot.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 1, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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