James Cameron says 'morons' charged with fixing Gulf oil spill

Updated 4:39 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta

"Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron on Wednesday evening criticized those responsible for stopping the geyser of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and again offered the assistance of the private team of deep-sea experts with whom which he 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 sponsored by The Wall Street Journal near Los Angeles.

Cameron developed expertise in deep sea robotic vehicles and submersibles over a period of 22 years, he said. That's led to the filming of two documentaries about the Titanic, as well as the feature film of that name, which at the time was the highest-grossing feature film ever. He also directed "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?"

Cameron told the audience that on Tuesday he had gathered 23 people -- a "who's who" of the deep sea robotics community -- together through the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, though no one from the EPA attended the meeting at the agency's headquarters.

Four other federal agencies also took part in the "listening session," a spokesperson for the EPA said, including the Department of Energy, the United States Coast Guard, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

"We're writing it all up and putting it in reports to various agencies," Cameron said of the meeting's results.

Other groups represented 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.

Cameron said he has not been in touch with anyone from the White House, and that earlier proffers of assistance he had made to BP were rebuffed.

"They could not have been more gracious but they basically said, 'We've got this,'" he said.

Cameron said one reason he hoped his offer of access to private film-equipped deep-water vehicles would be taken up was to more accurately convey what was happening under water.

"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."

This is not the only instance in which Cameron's film work has also had technical implications of potential interest outside of Hollywood. In April, it was reported that he was "working with Malin Space Science Systems Inc. of San Diego to build an updated camera that, if completed in time, will be installed on the Mars Science Laboratory rover" Curiosity, scheduled to be launched in 2011, according to Computerworld. The camera would have 3-D and zoom capacities similar to those used in Cameron's recent movie projects.

June 3, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  | Category:  artsandliving , nation
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Fortunately the operation will not be taken from experts and given to a Hollywood group to handle, but it would be quite a show.

They could start by making a video of Na'vi connecting their pony tails to the BOP USB port and instantly stopping the leak.

Being unaware of the scope of his own ignorance does not justify calling these people morons.

Posted by: jw765 | June 3, 2010 2:46 PM

It seems like someone made a movie a while back about a huge right wing corporation trying to extract valuable resources from a beautiful planet. They ended up destroying much of the beauty of the planet and they destroyed themselves. What was the name of that movie? Oh yeah, Avatar. And the same guy who made that film also filmed the actual wreck of the Titanic with submersibles and robots that actually went inside the wreck. And the filmmaker went down to the Titanic in the submersibles - which were rented from Russia because the US didn't have any that could go down that far. Anyone seen the moron, er ... I mean ... CEO of BP going down to view the oil spew in a submarine ??? Oh yeah, and the Titanic rests at a depth of 12,460 feet in the north Atlantic. The oil spew is five thousand feet down.

Posted by: CALDEM | June 3, 2010 2:49 PM

They all might be "morons", but they are the guy with MONEY to use for lobbying our elected officials and that is why no one in the government is lashing out against BP or any oil company for being "morons".

Posted by: Poor_man | June 3, 2010 3:01 PM

I suspect before this all over the joke names for BP will change from Busted Pipe to Buying Politicans.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | June 3, 2010 3:04 PM

I would trust Cameron's techies over BP's any day of the week for this operation.

Cameron's comment is obviously true:

"Because if you're not monitoring it independently, you're asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene."

BP = British Perp

Why are we dependent on BP for the imaging of their disaster? They are crooks!

Posted by: JC505 | June 3, 2010 3:27 PM

This is hysterically funny. Send down the Na'Vis to fix the mess, and make James Cameron the new Homeland Secretary. He sure would be better than the big zero that is in office now. As to BP, their CEO is like Greta Garbo, he wants to be alone. This disaster was never meant to amuse because its hurting too many people, too many animals, and destroying our shoreline.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | June 3, 2010 3:37 PM

CALDEM- The U.S. deep submergence research community does (and did) have the capability to reach both the Titantic and the oil spill. The Alvin submersible has a maximum depth of 4500 meters, and several of the remotely operated vehicles operate up to 6000/6500 meters. He likely went to the Russians because 1) there are 2 of them, and 2) they were available - the U.S.'s are used almost continuously.

Posted by: seagoth | June 3, 2010 3:39 PM

Send in Avatar's to connect w/Gaia and summon the fish, octopi etc. to plug the darn hole, or maybe Avatara divers, can Smurf Indians swim? or do they just dance w/wolves?
See Photo's of Obama in Action, "Since Day One"-Really Enlightening, He's the Master at this stuff and really following thru w/ "I'm taking Responsibility" - NOT:
http://politipage.com/2010/05/28/obamas-days/

Posted by: surfdumb | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM

If there weren't so much at stake here, I'd love to give Cameron a chance at this. I suspect that he would find out that "armchair quarterbacking" on this disaster is much like successfully running for political office: it's much easier to campaign than it is to actually govern. Stick to the business of creating fantasy, Jimmy.

Posted by: ANCLvr | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM

He's right. They are morons. Because you'd have to be a moron to be a politician. You're basically a paid shrill for corporate interests. BP has the power to bring down whole countries, nobody is going to tangle with them. Google "Operation Ajax" for more information and to find out why generations of Iranians hate the west.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | June 3, 2010 3:58 PM

Well, if he has all this knowledge and ability- why didn't he call Obama weeks ago? Was he waiting to be asked? Did he sit there thinking, "Why hasn't Obama called me? I know everything!"

He supposedly has such an abiding love for the sea- if he had the real ability to help- he should have volunteered the information long, long ago- and if he had the information and didn't share it- then that makes him look pretty lousy- or I should say lousier.

Posted by: poppysue85 | June 3, 2010 4:05 PM

poppysue85: BP is running this show. National Security decisions are made by determining corporate interests. Don't be naive. Obama will do whatever BP tells him to do.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | June 3, 2010 4:10 PM

I see there are many morons here. Lets start with caldem. Right wing people are ruining the planet. Really? You mean the liberals don't use oil. You mean that the Obama administration didn't issue a host of waivers to this specific oil platform weeks before this happened.

I also suppose that the liberals, (who are responsible for pushing the drilling that far off shore hold no responsibility). If the "right wing" people had there way we wouldn't be drilling in 5000 feet of water and this leak could have been fixed IMMEDIATELY. So before you start calling people names maybe you should do a little self inventory.

As far as a hollywood director fixing this. Give me a break. As for the people calling BP corrupt. Please present your evidence. Don't just make accusations.

JC your not much smarter. Nobody has more of a reason to fix this than BP. They are losing billions of dollars a day. I didn't hear you complaining when Obama's lawyers stated nothing was done wrong in the Sustek controversy, and then the media bought it hook line and sinker.

Posted by: 4101 | June 3, 2010 4:14 PM

By all means - lets disregard the petroleum engineers and Coast Guard Officers who do this for a living - and pass responsibility on to a Hollywood fantasy film maker. The entertainment industry has now even taken over reality.

Is Obama seriously that out of touch? Maybe Cameron can create a fictional other-universe without oil spills that Obama can go and live in.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 3, 2010 4:32 PM

When celebrity status gives expertise and credibility in unrelated areas, the world is in trouble. The leak is taking way too long to address - the approaches so far just seem farfetched and doomed to fail. From a practical mechanical approach, if the ROV were used to bore an access hole in the pipe at some point upstream from the outlet, then fed a cable into the oil flow through and clear of the outlet, a bladder with a hydraulic attachment could be attached at the termination of the cable. The cable could then be winched back through the access hole pulling the bladder into the pipe. Once the bladder reached the access hole location, engage the hydraulics inflating the bladder and sealing the feed to the outlet and the access hole.

Posted by: rmcnicol | June 3, 2010 4:35 PM

There is no better Team of Deep Sea Photographers that Cameron’s Team. You Better Recognize!!!

Posted by: liveride | June 3, 2010 4:40 PM


ANCLvr wrote: | June 3, 2010 3:45 PM


"If there weren't so much at stake here, I'd love to give Cameron a chance at this. I suspect that he would find out that "armchair quarterbacking" on this disaster is much like successfully running for political office: it's much easier to campaign than it is to actually govern. Stick to the business of creating fantasy, Jimmy"
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yeah.. he can keep creating fantasies, while the "real" folks can work on creating nightmares. Why unnecessarily mix the two?!

Posted by: kblgca | June 3, 2010 4:42 PM

Of course B.P. and the Govt are morons,because they should have had a contingency plan.They also did not set up the oil booms correctly.What about also using non-toxic cleanup methods.Wake up!

Posted by: heilfamily | June 3, 2010 4:44 PM

The USA needs to place BP's American Operations in "Temporary Receivership". This will Force them to work for the American People First ahead of shareholders.

We can insure they Stop and Clean Up the Oil Spill, Insure "Transparency" in How Much Oil has been Spilled (Filmed in 3D by Cameron's Team), and Stop them from giving away $10 Billion in Dividends as they are planning on Doing Right Now;

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/02/AR2010060202919.html

“Schumer and Wyden said BP should maintain high capital reserves to ensure it has the resources to deal with a worst-case scenario.”

Why Obama Should Put BP Under Temporary Receivership:

http://robertreich.org/post/650145579/why-obama-should-put-bp-under-temporary-receivership

Posted by: liveride | June 3, 2010 4:47 PM

Check out his 3d undersea documentary (which made Avatar look like crap). His group built and owns the most advanced human-piloted submersible this side of a sub (paid for with your Titanic dollars). He is the man. He just happens to also be better than you at making films. Yes, he can do two things.

Posted by: davidp4 | June 3, 2010 4:47 PM

How arrogant can you get? Obama and Hollywood know everything. They'll tell you how to do business and how to live your lives! This socialism is turning out to be communism!

Posted by: jamespmarion | June 3, 2010 4:50 PM

cameron is a joke. i mean, he has to be right? the director of some of worst lowest common denominator drivel committed to film, "avatar" and "titanic," is an expert in solving this issue?

the thing is, everybody acts like BP wanted this to happen. like they just flippantly ignored safety rules and practices with no thought for the consequences.

of course, a company like this has no cause for concern when billions are at stake, and one mistake can destroy them forever. trust me, nobody is kicking themselves in the ass more than the BP execs right now. this high-and-mighty armchair quarterbacking from every idiot in the media industry never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by: willyboy | June 3, 2010 4:51 PM

"Moron" is a word better applied to Cameron.

Posted by: force5wv | June 3, 2010 4:53 PM

Stated in this article:

"Cameron developed expertise in deep sea robotic vehicles and submersibles over a period of 22 years, he said. That's led to the filming of two documentaries about the Titanic, as well as the feature film of that name, which at the time was the highest-grossing feature film ever. He also directed 'The Abyss.'"

Well, gee whiz, good for him.

I sort of doubt, however, he has any engineering qualifications-- he paid other people to develop that which he wanted. If he wants to give away the expertise of those engineers and those robotic vehicles for the greater public good-- hell, that's fine, more power to him.

The really sad part about all of this is, if you believe this article, movie makers have more sophisticated engineers and equipment than BP. Maybe, maybe not. Don't know.

But, please, Mr. Cameron, save your opinions for that which you might be actually be qualified to express, i.e., the Academy Awards. Otherwise, please leave the science and engineering to the scientists and engineers.

Posted by: LAWPOOL | June 3, 2010 5:03 PM

"We're writing it all up and putting it in reports to various agencies," Cameron said of the meeting's results."
______________________________________________
As my dear parents used to say,
Lord, have mercy.

Posted by: lilchas | June 3, 2010 5:18 PM

**"We're writing it all up and putting it in reports to various agencies," Cameron said of the meeting's results. **

BP = morons
Cameron = slow

The world needs that expertise on Day 2, James...

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | June 3, 2010 5:26 PM

BP is in this to harvest oil and minimize exposure. What do they care if the Gulf is a dead zone? They will see no oil and when they do, how will they know if it is theirs or what killed those fish or whether that hotel would have gone out of business anyhow. They are a business and there isn't anything American in their name. We should be assembling the best and the brightest to look over their shoulder and get in their shorts with a second opinion as to what is best for this mitigating damages as we define them, not as BP does.

Posted by: SarahBB | June 3, 2010 5:27 PM

You're right James, unfortunately for us a majority of people voted him into office.

Posted by: LukeSassypants | June 3, 2010 5:29 PM

If it were government crews trying to do the work, someone would say "let private enterprise do it. They have the expertise, they have money on the line, they'll fix that darn leak!"

We have private enterprise and, despite all its expertise, we now have kibitzers saying that privater private enterprise is what it will take because, gosh darn it, THEY have the know-how, not private enterprise.

What next, super duper privater private enterprise?

Posted by: summicron1 | June 3, 2010 5:36 PM

It should be obvious that this accusation is not credible. Cameron's arogance and lack of experience with most of the technologies involved in dealing with well should also be obvious. Of course, it is always possible that he might have something real to offer. But no organization dealing with a problem would ever want to waste time trying to deal with a person with this kind of attitude and unknown real skills in dealing with their problem.

Posted by: dnjake | June 3, 2010 5:37 PM

And we should care what a moviemaker thinks WHY? Making a war movie doesn't make you a soldier or a general, and making an underwater film doesn't have anything to do with fixing this problem.

Posted by: threeoaksgone | June 3, 2010 5:50 PM

Did they include Bono in the group discussion?

Posted by: inhk | June 3, 2010 5:59 PM

Think you've got an idea on how to fix this mess?

Share it with us here...

http://open.salon.com/blog/kwamejones/2010/06/03/literary_blog_solves_environmental_disaster

Posted by: kwamejones1 | June 3, 2010 6:11 PM

I'd be more forgiving of those who criticize Mr. Cameron if every day Tony Hayward didn't morph more completely into being the Bruce Ismay of the new millenium.
Art imitating life, life imitating art, and the beat goes on.

Or, if after completely screwing up after Brownie's "helluva job", the government hadn't abandoned and then forgotten New Orleans until Hollywood's own Brad Pitt harnessed his celebrity to draw people back into finding solutions.

Whoa, the "morons" posting here clearly have no idea of what it takes to make a movie much less one as complex as either "Avatar" or "Titanic". Fortunately 90% of them will never have to do anything more challenging in their work then to press the "Go" button on the milkshake machine.

It takes something called "creativity" which when paired with intelligence an know how can produce prodigeous results.

James, could you please find out the status of the specially tankers that managed to clean up 85% of the Persian Gulf Oil spill. My guess is that no one is asking to use them because it might upset Rahm Emanuel's true constituency.

Posted by: SoCali | June 3, 2010 6:13 PM

What does an idiot who lives in fantasyland know about anything of importance?

Posted by: kmccormack1 | June 3, 2010 6:13 PM

Hey, 4101...

"JC" may not be the smartest guy around but I bet he knows the difference between "your" and "you're". And when it comes to logic (liberals being responsible for deep water drilling?), you must have been in the the same class as that noted scholar Michele Bachmann.

Posted by: JohnMadison | June 3, 2010 6:16 PM

Hilarious that all the people who want to eliminate the federal government now think they should be doing what private industry is (or should be) doing.

Posted by: jim24 | June 3, 2010 6:21 PM

BP has tried to save this well, never just cap it. I agree that those given the task have shown no real expertise in the matter. They should have known about the icing condition that would occur with the bell tower. BP obviously does not have a lock on know how. Sometimes you have to look outside the box for answers. President Obama should heed this also.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 3, 2010 6:27 PM

This movie director and his experts should be given a chance. They should make their proposals. The government should do a scientific review of their proposal and go from there. What is there to lose ( except ego maybe )?

Posted by: peterroach | June 3, 2010 6:28 PM

I am sorry, but Cameron is pathetic. And the rhetoric from critics equally pathetic. Obama administration looking into legal wrongdoing, again, pathetic. People screaming for the military to come in, pathetic. Why pathetic? Because not one single one of them have a freakin' solution!!! Not one single one!!! You want the Pentagon in there to micro-manage crap at the tax payers' expense just to yell, scream, and micro-manage BP to death? Do they have a solution? NOPE!!! Cameron have a solution? NOPE!!! Shut the hell up!!!

Posted by: JonnyRich | June 3, 2010 6:31 PM

It took Cameron more than 12 years to make Avatar, more than two years to make Titanic -- and neither one contained an original idea.

His ego is bigger than his grasp of reality.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 3, 2010 6:39 PM

Unless I am reading this article wrong I don't see where Cameron is claiming that he has any knowledge or expertise about stopping the leak. He seems to only be offering his own expertise (Apparently he has quite a bit. It's possible to be good at more than one thing) as well as his network of connections on the issue of getting better imaging of the situation and collecting better data. It would seem logical that this could only be a help even if not the keystone of the repair efforts. And I agree completely that depending on the culpable party- BP- for all of the data and feedback on the leak is the same as putting the suspect in charge of the crime scene.

I wonder if any of the quips about blue aliens are coming from people who only read the title. I admit that I wondered myself why James Cameron would be involved in any of this but then I decided to read the words that came after the pictures.

Posted by: bran-solo | June 3, 2010 6:44 PM

Not much of this bickering is making me feel better about the spill. I'm still pretty outraged that BP hasn't plugged this pipe. If I had the wherewithal, I would offer my help as well, having no faith that BP can solve this.

Calling people morons probably isn't the best way to offer your help, but good for Cameron for offering.

Posted by: starmuck71 | June 3, 2010 6:44 PM


Barry the incompetent boob Obama is moron-in-chief.


Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 3, 2010 6:49 PM

Why is it a problem that the "Tech Know-How" comes from Hollywood?! Do people realize that several Manahatten Project engineers/techs (Los Alamos-Atomic bomb), were recruited from the LA Film Studios - back in the 40's? I heard a gentleman personally speak on his career at the Atomic Museum in ABQ -back in 1997. I believe his name was Henderson. He was awarded Academy Awards for film technology & also scouted-out Trinity-Alamagordo. Check it out (started at Standard Oil)! Maybe it's time for Hollywood to re-pay it's "Bad Karma."

Posted by: SACI1 | June 3, 2010 6:52 PM

Wow, lots of super smart folks here who obviously know it all -- just like the folks at BP, who apparently screwed up big time to save a few bucks sealing that well. Ooops!! As for Cameron, he has pretty good technical credentials when it comes to deep sea operations and he is certainly entitled to his opinion that the folks at BP are incompetent. He isn't asking to be in charge, but seems willing to lend a hand, and I'm confident the "experts" here aren't qualified to judge whether or not he might be helpful -- but of course that won't stop them from judging. At least it is good to hear that the government is tapping into a wide range of expertise as it tries to come up with a way to address this disaster. Meanwhile, all the blatherers here and elsewhere will continue to vent, rather like that leaking well.

Posted by: jdnathan | June 3, 2010 6:53 PM

Why is it a problem that the "Tech Know-How" comes from Hollywood?! Do people realize that several A-Bomb/Manahatten Project engineers/techs (Los Alamos), were recruited from the LA Film Studios - back in the 40's? I heard a gentleman personally speak on his career at the Atomic Museum in ABQ -back in 1997. I believe his name was Henderson. He was awarded Academy Awards for film technology & scouted-out the Trinity-Alamagordo site. Check it out (started at Standard Oil)! Maybe it's just time for Hollywood to re-pay it's Karma. What goes around...

Posted by: SACI1 | June 3, 2010 6:54 PM

Commentary from the half-witted creator of two of the worst films in history would seem to be fairly ridiculous at this point. Still, at least "Titanic" only polluted the mind.

Posted by: TimPage1 | June 3, 2010 6:55 PM

Why is it a problem that the "Tech Know-How" comes from Hollywood?! Do people know that a bunch of A-Bomb/Manahatten Project engineers/techs (Los Alamos),were recruited from the LA Film Studios, in the 40's? I heard a gentleman personally speak on his career at the Atomic Museum in ABQ - back in 1997. I believe his name was Henderson. He was awarded Academy Award for film technology & also "scouted-out" Trinity-Alamagordo site. Check it out (started at Standard Oil)! Maybe it's just time for Hollywood to re-pay it's Karma!

Posted by: SACI1 | June 3, 2010 6:58 PM

Comrades: Cameron is correct in gathering true, experienced experts to brainstorm the situation. But, remember, BIG JIM, filming anything in a controlled, hollywood environment is vastly different than working remotely 1 mile deep in the gulf. Oh, yeah, the special effects experience you personally gained via DIRECTING Abyss, Titanic, and most recently, Avatar, will surely show the way to deal with the reality of the situation in the Gulf. Cameron . . . . just a bit of hot air . . .

Posted by: rep15 | June 3, 2010 7:00 PM

Cameron is a genius, like it or not. He has resources, relationships and the will to make an effort into finding a solution.

It always amazes me the level of negative criticism and judgment expressed in comments. I mean really!

Until there is an acceptable solution, then get over it! It does not take a genius to figure that out. It does however, take a decent level of maturity to take a more positive perspective.

Posted by: anderson6 | June 3, 2010 7:11 PM

Willingness to call other people "morons" is a fairly good sign one's opinions are empty hot air.

Posted by: washpost29 | June 3, 2010 7:11 PM

BP would rather their fiasco stay under a mile of ocean out of view. The big secret America is not aware of...some of the biggest polluting companies along the eastern seaboard are British owned, with the right people bribed to keep their mouth shut. The major evidence is the entire mid Atlantic states now has the highest cancer rate in the entire US.

Posted by: freeparking | June 3, 2010 7:11 PM

I don't disagree with most of the comments here and I realize I am off topic. Still, I would like to see any of us try to direct a movie and have it turn out well. The one thing that I can say is that putting together even a movie like Titanic, despite its less than perfect story line, takes creativity and vision. Obviously, creative thinking is what BP needs right now. Not saying that he as the armchair quarterback will fix anything, but might as well hear him out.

Posted by: Finn1917 | June 3, 2010 7:11 PM

Right wing idiots should be begging the country's forgiveness for their "drill baby drill" lunacy.

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 3, 2010 7:11 PM

When a citizen offers the expertise of a group of experts...more power to him. You who are laughing have not a clue and in case you have not noticed, your so called experts presently at work and part of the business are repeating the same failures of other less disastrous spills. Stop putting Cameron down! at least he is trying to be a part of the solution. Other than poking fun and protecting big oil...what are you doing? You are probably on the "kill the Na'vi" terrorist team, even though you are the one who invaded THEIR property. Shame on you who are against Cameron.Offer something better.

Posted by: sharinginck | June 3, 2010 7:12 PM

What's wrong with a guy trying to help out even if he is knowledgeable and from Hollywood? Oh, and BP also stands for Broken Promises and Bigger Profits. Stop me before I spill again.

Posted by: eaglepeak | June 3, 2010 7:20 PM

How is any of this helping?

Posted by: overhereontheleft | June 3, 2010 7:38 PM

What a "moron" this guy Cameron is...Making movies/exploring and doing REAL engineering are two different things.

Posted by: infrequentposter | June 3, 2010 7:44 PM

Well, he is right. Morons are running this. The Obama morons.

This is true, unadulterated, liberal diarrhea. A movie director, thats right a movie director is sent by the only one less qualified than himself - Obama - to force his way into a conversation he can't even comprehend.

Amazing.

Heck of a job Barry, heck of a job.

So, leftists geniuses - since the left has known preternaturally that off shore drilling is dangerous - where were the safe guards?

Hmmm?

Where were they? You degenerates have exhibited classical symptoms of whirling disease while the oil flows.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 3, 2010 7:49 PM

For 18 months this man - our president - has played fast and loose with our environment. He knew better.

But he focused on health care reform that he cannot justify and hate mongering on Arizona. And economic fixes like a trillion dollars of yours and mine spent on NO NEW JOBS. Of yeah - and a war he "commands" if you can believe it - that he thinks lower of the West Point cadets (the enemy) than he does the actual enemy themselves - you know Al Qaeda and the Taliban who plotted and carried out an act of war against us in this country on 9/11.

And when it boils down to mother earth - this man is absent even the basic appreciation for energy sources or for environmental management and oversight.

And yet he told he he would be better than the opposing side. Better than anyone on planet earth - better, you know if only you will absent your sensibilities and vote for a man with zero in the way of experience of proven character and ethics.

Looks like America got what they voted for, indeed. Shame on us for seating perhaps the worst president of all for these times we live in. SHAME ON OBAMA FOR RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT WHEN HE REALLY AND TRULY IS NOT COMPETENT OR ETHICAL ENOUGH TO DO THE JOB.

Posted by: eastcomom | June 3, 2010 7:52 PM

He happens to be right, BP want to save the well and all of their resources/engineers should be directed by the gov't under the Stafford act. We should immediately push for congress to seize these assets in lieu of state claims against BP. It is not rocket science, it a a 26" diameter pipe with pressure that can easily be dealt with by simple conventional means. A smaller pipe machined to be tapered having enough weight to hold in place by a tapered rubber gasket with a cutoff valve at the top. A larger pipe under the valve fitted with clamping screws for the pipe leading from the BOP and the valve pipe with a cinching seal at top and bottom of it would account for any leakage in the seal of the valve pipe, then turn the valve shutting off the flow of oil and it is done.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 3, 2010 7:58 PM

What a difference, eh leftists? Its one thing to stand in the bleachers and throw poo and get your imbecilic masses to open their checkbooks and vote for your stupid donkeys.

Its quite another to actually take the wheel.

Don't worry, though. You won't have that problem after November.

Then you can go back to poo throwing, drooling and pointing fingers. Its your natural place in life.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 3, 2010 7:59 PM

Cameron makes a good point: They need help and they are not asking for it.

I don't know if it's fear, or British pride, or politics, or they just don't want too many cooks in the kitchen, but it looks like they are in over their heads (no pun intended). The international community is ready and willing to help. We would do the same for any country in need. This is an out of control disaster situation, and the first and foremost focus should be on solving the immediate problems. Cap the leak, siphon the overspill, contain and suck up the floating oil, protect the wetlands and beaches. All other discussion is a distraction. (the cause, the blame, the lawsuits, the inquiries.....can all come later after it is solved).

Why don't we have manned subs down there with extra eyes, ears and robotics? Why haven't they found a way to siphon right from the source? Why don't we have a 100 tankers sucking oil off the surface and separating it in holding tanks? Why have they waited so long to call an open forum of engineers from around the world for a brainstorming session? They need all the help they can get.

The house is on fire, and, as a country, it's our coast, our fisheries, our tourism, our economy, our vacation lands, our natural resources burning.

Posted by: chris_chi | June 3, 2010 8:02 PM

Maybe Cameron is the moron for forcing most of his actors/actresses suck with the flu and/or bronchitis for being in the water too long during Titanic. those morons he mentioned are those working long days without seeing their families, unlike the folks in Holly wood in their million dollars mansions, rich tone wives, spoiled kids and good foods.

Posted by: Rockvillers | June 3, 2010 8:12 PM

They are not morons. Morons, idiots, Palins, and teapartiers would not be able to pull off such a large-scale scam. They are thoroughly evil though.

Posted by: revbookburn | June 3, 2010 8:21 PM

The creator of Avatar calling someone else a moron....how ironic.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | June 3, 2010 8:23 PM

All we need to do is store the families of the BP and Halliburton oil execs at GITMO until the oil spill is fixed.

And every week, air drop a random exec, tied to a 5000 pound weight by a steel cable, from 5000 feet above the sea near the well head.

The floating bodies should provide the incentive for a quick resolution.

Posted by: WillSeattle | June 3, 2010 8:25 PM

I think Cameron is losing his mind. Why would you call someone a moron and then think they will allow you to help them or even want to associate with you.
Cameron you may be good at making movies, but as a person with common sense and diplomacy, NOT. And besides aren't you a liberal? That explains a lot.

Posted by: vickie1 | June 3, 2010 8:31 PM

Cameron, who is a horse's a55 should stick to his line of business of filming, in less than 50', underwater, in a Baja California lagoon. (That's where "Titanic" was shot)

Your suck-up buddy, King Obonehead, couldn't even lead a horse to water, let alone, get it to drink. Maybe with all of your "underwater experience," King Obonehead should offer you an "unpaid advisor" slot, like Adm. Sestak?

Get out of town Cameron and would someone please call Bob Ballard at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at (508) 548-1400?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 3, 2010 8:32 PM

Camereon coudn't do any worse that this crew is doing.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | June 3, 2010 8:38 PM

jameschirico sez...

He happens to be right, BP want to save the well and all of their resources/engineers should be directed by the gov't under the Stafford act. We should immediately push for congress to seize these assets in lieu of state claims against BP. It is not rocket science, it a a 26" diameter pipe with pressure that can easily be dealt with by simple conventional means. A smaller pipe machined to be tapered having enough weight to hold in place by a tapered rubber gasket with a cutoff valve at the top. A larger pipe under the valve fitted with clamping screws for the pipe leading from the BOP and the valve pipe with a cinching seal at top and bottom of it would account for any leakage in the seal of the valve pipe, then turn the valve shutting off the flow of oil and it is done.
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You're right, it's not "rocket science."

It's called naval engineering. When the incident is nearly a mile down in the ocean, a different type of equipment is required at these depths.

Water pressure at 5000 ft. is 1780 psi, as compared to 14.7 psi, at the surface. This translates into specialized and expensive equipment.

Then there is the logistics issue of getting it there and assembling a team to address the issue.

This is not whewre you have engineers sitting around, like a fire station, waiting for a fire call. It takes time to assemble a crew and attach the problem.

Nobody expected this type of problem, but BP and others, are doing the best job they can, if King Obonehead would get out of the way.

AG Holder is down there and sez, I'm from the government and I'm here to help!"

I'd also like to meet the moron that called James Cameron into this mess, instead of Bob Ballard @ Woods Hole. What is that moron (King Obonehead) thinking?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 3, 2010 8:49 PM

hollywood is starting to believe their own bulls##t.
at what point does the MSM grow some b###s and start reporting the truth and lambasting the huge egos that are making garbage movies and the fools that are governing our country.Bush would be in jail if this happened on his watch.
The world sees Obama and the crowd he runs with for the idiot he is,a cheap Chicago crook.
good news is that americans will never trust the msm or the commie dems for generations after Obama has trashed everything good about this country.
Americans love a underdog so we gave him a shot but Obama and his crew ####ed it up way beyond repair.

Posted by: tropic1 | June 3, 2010 9:00 PM

Let me get this straight. Movie Director James Cameron is a philosophy major dropout from Cal-Fullerton and the Obama Administration is seeking his advice to do what?

Folks, this is getting really scary now.

Posted by: pgould1 | June 3, 2010 9:13 PM

What a fool. Almost as big a fool as those in the administration who thought he could help. I'm not being reassured by my government.

Posted by: Lilycate | June 3, 2010 9:16 PM

To 4101 and anyone who believes his post: The reason BP drilled offshore is because there is a whole lot of OIL there!! Which is why there are soooo many drilling platforms in the Gulf. It had nothing to do with (as Sara so poetically put it) the "Greenies" forcing BP & others to drill in the Gulf. Sara Palin was ALL for Drilling Offshore, hence all the video off her yelling for offshore drilling....or is this just a Liberal Photo-Shop trick...Hmmm..yes, Glenn and Rush shall say that tomorrow!
http://hardblogger.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/06/02/4453336-an-observation-about-sarah-palin

Posted by: FrostyMan | June 3, 2010 9:25 PM

I'm sure the rich white guy that made Goldman Sachs type money by price gouging consumers at the box office will take totally awesome pictures with his fancy rich boy toys. Problem solved, Obama should meet and talk to him or something like that.

Posted by: permagrin | June 3, 2010 9:26 PM

Holy s***, Cameron, your ego knows no bounds, does it...

Posted by: UnWiseToWriteAboutHockey | June 3, 2010 9:29 PM

I hear that there is an extremely delicate open heart surgery about to begin at the Mayo clinic. I think the moronic Doctors with the medical degrees and 20 years experience should step out of the way and let James Cameron take care of things.

Posted by: creamy | June 3, 2010 9:30 PM

I know Aquaman. I'll have my people call his people.

Posted by: UnWiseToWriteAboutHockey | June 3, 2010 9:30 PM

Thank you James Cameron for volunteering your services to help with the Gulf oil leak. Your knowledge of blue human-like people, Leonardo DiCaprio, and fleet of submarines unable to perform at these depths is sure to do the trick. Maybe if we're lucky your selfless act will inspire other stars such as Adam Sandler to come forward and help with the jibberish talk - imaginary penguin portion of the operation.

Posted by: hwc25 | June 4, 2010 12:47 AM

Thank you James Cameron for volunteering your services to help with the Gulf oil leak. Your knowledge of blue human-like people, Leonardo DiCaprio, and fleet of submarines unable to perform at these depths is sure to do the trick. Maybe if we're lucky your selfless act will inspire other stars such as Adam Sandler to come forward and help with the jibberish talk - imaginary penguin portion of the operation.

Posted by: hwc25 | June 4, 2010 12:48 AM

If you read what he is offering is not help but to make a money hungry documentary.

It is DISGUSTING that he would want to crowd around an extremely senstive area with cameras subs, 3d Camera subs, additional logistics and mangament overhead for the government and company to deal with.

It is no wonder that he was outright denied he just wants exclusive access to film.

If he really wanted to help he would offer the ROV's for modification to remove all their advanced camera equipment and equip them with actual tools to do something like actually work on fixing the leak instead of watching it in glorious 3D.

I do not understand, he does not have the equipment, expertise, knowledge, etc... to help stop the leak. BP is already screwed legally so why have HD videos of the repair work. The crime has already been done but it is not like anyone but the oil companies themselves that have the equipment and people to fix it.

Posted by: TimeOfDay | June 4, 2010 5:35 AM

I wonder if people bashing Cameron in these comments actually read what he said ?

he never claimed to be able to FIX the problem. He only claimed to able to FILM the "crime scene" to have an independent "point of view" of what is actually going on down there.
I think when it comes to filming not fixing, we can assume he knows the subject.

As for calling the people in charge 'morons', well, the delay it takes to fix that problem allows ANYONE to call them morons. If you can't fix alone something this magnitude after DAY 1 then call for help FFS. It's basic common sens.

Posted by: kgersen | June 4, 2010 5:57 AM

Thank you bran-solo for pointing out that the Cameron bashers did not read the article. The group he assembled was not just "hollywood film makers" but the best oceanic experts in the world along with some of the best underwater technologies in the world. He is not offering to "FIX" the problem! He is not offering his pool size cameras to take pictures! As a British citizen I am not proud of BP but this could have been any oil company from anywhere in the world. Stop crying America and stand up for your country and stop blaming and criticizing. You have a voice, use it! The government works for YOU. YOU pay their salary, hold GOVERNMENT accountable, not single out Obama and bash anyone who tries to help. This stuff has been going on for YEARS and you want to blame someone who's been on the job for 18 months. If you think you have a better idea on how to fix the problem, I suggest you submit it fast. Otherwise, shut the heck up and leave it to people who give a rats and are willing to step up and offer to help! This country is in the shape it's in because everyone just goes along with the flow until the S*** hits the fan and then everyone has a hissy fit. Your temper tantrums won't help but your involvment will. Grow a spine and get in the game! It's your future!

Posted by: ex-pat2 | June 4, 2010 9:40 AM

While Cameron's redoing the Titanic for BP maybe he can do Avatar for Obama: the impotent president goes to sleep in his chair as his heroic dream persona is dispatched to fix the world's problems. First stop: Gaza.

Posted by: orthotox | June 4, 2010 12:15 PM

This is ABSOLUTELY LAUGHABLE to me that a Hollywood director/producer would be SO PRESUMPTUOUS! James, stick to your fictional movie making that DOES NOTHING in terms of delivering true, redeemable value for mankind and only makes YOU and the rest of your entertainment buddies billionaires and enables you to live in $30 million GLASS HOUSES!! IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING you would know that ROV technology is NOT the issue. Educate yourself before you speak!!

Posted by: sherri_03 | June 4, 2010 2:04 PM

Seriously... Can't most of you read? First, he "gathered 23 people -- a "who's who" of the deep sea robotics community". He got these people together to see what they could come up with. He didn't say HE was going to fix it! This has nothing to do with his movie making, but his experience in deep sea submersibles, and the contacts he has made over the 22 years of working with them. And, I would venture a guess that the people he brought in (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) have more experience at the practical use of these submersibles than BP.

Second, he said he "has not been in touch with anyone from the White House", so I guess you can stop with the idiotic comments about Obama inviting in his Hollywood buddies. Not that actually reading the article seems to be e requirement for commenting here!

Posted by: mw88 | June 4, 2010 3:28 PM

This is not the time for bickering nor name calling. Sometimes the solution comes from an unlikely source. When so much is at stake and every remedy applied has failed, pausing for s second to listen might just help.

Posted by: denguesixtyone | June 4, 2010 4:52 PM

I'm sorry but people on this post have no idea of whats going on underwater right now. James Cameron did not assemble a "who's who" of the deep sea robotics community. The so called "who's who" of deep see robotics have been working on the problem in Houston since the accident occured. This may come to a shock to some of you, but BP does not own ROVs. They contract the work just as they did the rig that had the accident. Currently the best ROV companies in the world are working on the leak in the Gulf. Go to google and search Oceaneering, Subsea 7, C-Innovations. These three companies have been contracted by BP and working on the problem since day 1. They all have ROVs in the water working on the spill right now. Anything James Cameron brings to the table is sub par.

Posted by: hwc25 | June 4, 2010 6:09 PM

You must first shear off the top of the pipe . You wouldn't rebuild a house on the old foundation after an earthquake wrecked it would you ? Then lower a hydraulic cut-off valve right along side the pipe and send the cover plate out sideways until completely covered . This should have been done from the very beggining but panic set in early and the quick fixes came out of the woodwork . Now we are into day 50 instead of having it done the first time in 14 days . Come on people WAKE UP and get er done ...... How stupid can you be Obama . Hire some competent people for a change that know how to get their hands dirty . Too many Indian Chiefs and not enough warriors for this job or any other job for that matter . What happens when we get NUKED ? I don't even want to think about it ......... You get the picture . This is an easy fix that was botched from the beggining . Good luck to the people in those fishing communities that are out of work now . God Bless .

Posted by: jlarge44 | June 4, 2010 6:29 PM

This isn't about Liberals vs. the Right. We don't need expensive cameras in the ocean to watch the leak. We need regular cameras in the offices of BP and the White
House showing what they're doing to fix this problem. Do something people.

Posted by: DougieFresh3000 | June 7, 2010 11:05 PM

Wow, some of you don't read much, do you? Much of "Titanic" was shot on location--yes, he dove on the actual wreck. He has hundreds of hours in deep submsersibles, so he knows what he's talking about. I personally wouldn't mind an impartial set of eyes on what's happening at the spill site. And at least he's doing something, instead of sitting around whining. Those of you who are calling him a moron--have you written and called your elected representatives about this spill?

Posted by: LH4493 | June 8, 2010 11:31 AM

Wow, some of you don't read much, do you? Much of "Titanic" was shot on location--yes, he dove on the actual wreck. He has hundreds of hours in deep submersibles, so he knows what he's talking about. I personally wouldn't mind an impartial set of eyes on what's happening at the spill site. And at least he's doing something, instead of sitting around whining. Those of you who are calling him a moron--have you written and called your elected representatives about this spill?

Posted by: LH4493 | June 8, 2010 11:32 AM

And when did James Cameron become an expert in the oil exploration/drilling business? Perhaps he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | June 10, 2010 11:10 AM

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