Kevin Costner talks centrifuges with Senate
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."
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