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October 12th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Winner of Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge talks about plan to remove oil from water

In the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last summer, an idea was hatched. Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Peter Diamandis of the X PRIZE Foundation decided to challenge scientists and engineers around the world to come up with a better way to clean crude oil off an ocean surface. They decided to call it the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge.

They received over 350 submissions, and on Tuesday they named their winner: Donnie Wilson, a member of Elastec/American Marine team from Illinois.

Ali Velshi sits down with Donnie Wilson and Peter Diamandis, who explain the winning submission and discuss the future of American ingenuity.


Filed under: Oil • Oil Spill
April 20th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

Inkley: 'This impact could last for many, many years'

Wednesday marks one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

11 workers were killed in the explosion and 200 million gallons of oil were released into the surrounding environment. So, what is the state of the Gulf Coast one year after the devastation began?

American Morning speaks to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, about the state of the Gulf Coast one year after the spill.


Filed under: Energy • Environment • Oil Spill • U.S.
April 20th, 2011
07:08 AM ET

Still a lot of uncertainty in Gulf Coast one year after oil spill

Dean Blanchard, a 25-year veteran of the seafood business, is the President of Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc. and was hit hard by last year's oil spill.

American Morning spoke with Blanchard in the wake of the oil spill and catches up with Blanchard one year later.


Filed under: Energy • Environment • Oil Spill • U.S.