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Kevin Costner talks centrifuges with Senate

Kevin Costner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2010 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh).

So, how exactly did Kevin Costner end up testifying before the Senate about ocean-cleansing centrifuges? This was no average celebvocacy thing -- this was business. Since the mid-'90s (yes, circa "Waterworld"), the actor has partnered with his scientist brother in an eco-tech firm, investing millions in machines that separate oil from water; BP is using 32 of them in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup. In the hearing Thursday, Costner vented about the hurdles small businesses face finding a role in the process -- "like a video game no one can master." On the way out, reports our colleague Paul Kane, he chatted with now-lobbyist Trent Lott, who chided him for not wearing seersucker (as Lott was for "Seersucker Day" at the Capitol) and briefed him on Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's latest report on the oil slick. Where was he headed next? "This is a meeting town," Costner lamented. "Man, this is a meeting town."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 18, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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I think Mr Costner needs to know the company he is working with to make their oil clean up machines stole the knowledge from a couple of inventors. This owner of this company is making billions of dollars from another patent that he stole from the same two men. Kevin Costner, does the name “Tibbs” mean anything to you? It should if you did your research.


Posted by: sweetpea93454 | June 17, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The name of the inventor is stated in documents, why would you say"stolen"...isn't there a patent and it was bought by Kevin? He spend his own money on it....I have followed CINC since 15 years ago when Kevin bought the patent together with a battery for a car so we won't have to use oil....he lost a lot of his own money investing in these. Don't you think he had investigated everything before he spend his hard earned money?? Don't be a hater or are you just jealous because he got the attention of the masses...

Posted by: BMLT | June 22, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

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