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June 1st, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Gulf Coast oil disaster response

(CNN) – It's day 43 of the Gulf oil disaster. BP is working on its latest effort to slow the oil gusher from a blown-out well. Meantime, President Obama meets today for the first time with co-chairs of the independent commission investigating the spill. Carol Browner is the president's adviser on energy and climate change and she joined us on Tuesday's American Morning.

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  1. Paul

    like everybody else I have the solution why don't we build a huge church bell(god is good) a little bigger in circonference then the size of the pipe make 2 or three lock valve around the top of the bell. descend the bell around the pipe make sure valves are open secure bell around pipe ensure it will contain enough stenght to hold oil presurre when valve are closed

    June 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Ken

    It's easy to blame BP. Unfortunately, the fault lies mainly in ourselves – or at least in the hands of those who continue to clamor for offshore drilling. The advocates correctly note that the probability of major filaure is incredibly small – seemingly 1 in 5,000 or so, They fail to note that the cost of a single failure is incredibly high. BP has been doing exactly what we asked of it – drilling for oil in extremely difficult territory. We must understand that when we ask companies to undertake incredibly difficult tasks we are also asking them to create the risk of a catastrophic failure. When we ask astronauts to venture into space we are collectively taking on the risk of cracked heat shields or failed o-rings. When we ask a company to paint a large suspension bridge, we are collectively taking on the reality that, on average, one painter will take one too many steps backwards to admire his work. When we ask our medical system to use penicillin to fight a strep outbreak, we should be knowingly accepting the fact that one child in a million will die from adverse reactions. When we ask companies to drill, baby, drill, we are creating the virtual certainty that we will face a situation like we are experiencing in the Gulf. I personally believe that the environmental costs of off-shore drilling so overwhelm the benefits that offshore drilling should be phased out. I may find myself in the minority, but if that is true, let those who demand that we take on the risk assume the moral responsibility for the probalistic virtual certainty that they are also "asking" for an environmental disaster.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  3. dwayne

    the alberta tar sands never kill anyfish or reck anyone lively hood, i feel for tho peole such ashame. it my take decades for it too come back

    June 3, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  4. dwayne

    the alberta tar never kill anyfish or reck anyone livelyhood, i feel tho people there such ashame.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  5. Joan Fox

    We need some creative thinkers who are not employed by the oil companies. If they ever get this oil to stop flowing, the only thing that will cause the government to force BP to clean up the mess is the fact that the Mississippi river outlet in Louisiana is a shipping channel; it needs to be passable for the economy to flourish. I think we should have BP shut down their other operations until they have returned the gulf to its previous state. Is anyone wondering if Americans have any rights anymore or have we all just given up?

    June 2, 2010 at 10:48 am |

    Where are the Clean-Up Jobs...??? BP says they are "NOT", I Repeat, "NOT" hiring people for the Oil Spill Clean-Up. They only refer Clean-Up employment applicants to contact local State Contractors. BP has no list of these contractors, nor does the "HORIZON" Disaster Response Center, nor can I find them on any affected States' Web Site....??? HELP........

    June 2, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  7. Steve P.

    Two comments:

    1. The best way to get BP's attention is to tell them that they will not be granted any new drilling rights for oil in our Golf or anywhere in the US or around its coastline. Doing this eliminates any litigation or should I say any litigation while they continue to do whatever they want to.

    2. Our Government and BP need to get into a time for action mode and not a time for pondering solutions and cheaper ways to clean this up. Hurricane season is upon us and it is just going to be just to late to act as if they didn't know the impact a Hurricane will have when it lifts all this oil out of the water and mixes that junk up with the +100MPH wind and rain. What is going to be the solution then... when oil permiates our childrens shools and palygrounds , our cars and roads our homes and yards ...etc. Plus what about breathing that stuff in. Could CNN put together a discussion with Sanja Gupta and your Meteoroligists to present this scenario now to the American people. It is important to discuss this looming threat now. Discussing the after effects of this and all the health issues related to this would be useless later.

    The time is to act now ... get the supertanker out there, get any other idea (the peat moss idea ....etc) out there NOW!! (your feeling responsible later will do nothing to heal all those that will get sick from the exposure of this oil). The people cleaning this up are wearing protective gear for a reason (there will be no protective gear for all the Americans that will get exposed to these chemicals fror the effects of a Hurricanes bringing that toxic soup inland for hundreds of miles.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  8. Tim K.

    In answer to Ms. Browner's example, the United States Navy does in fact have what are informally known as "Berthing Barges." Their purpose is to house sailors when their respective ships are dry-docked for repairs. I'm not a genius, but one would have to think, why not use some of those barges to create her "floating hotel" right there at ground zero? I also happen to know that there are active port operations divisions in every United States Naval station in the world. Their sole job is to ensure the safe departure and return of all ships coming into and departing from their respective bases. In order to do their job, most, if not all those attatched to the Port Operations divisions, undergo some sort of training in dealing with oil spills. I will grant there is a big difference in an oil rig and a naval vessel, and even the largest ships have to run out of oil eventually, but I'm in agreement with those whom have asked for MILITARY aid. Let those who know what they are doing do their jobs!

    June 2, 2010 at 12:31 am |
  9. ronvan

    Failure after failure and we cannot do anything! Our biggest problem is that we have been way to slow in protecting our coast lines! At this point in time I beleive it is actually to late and we have LOST the gulf!

    June 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  10. Richard Drevo

    God forbid that there would be a hurricane form in the Gulf of Mexico and track up through the Southeastern states of the US before the oil clean-up was completed. My question is what would be the impact upon the moisture content of the storm. Normally, there would be allot of rain (H2O), thunderstorms, lighting, high winds, possible tornadoes, etc.
    However, with all the oil sitting on the surface of the water, what would be the water content within the storm ? Would it also contain a mixture of oil particulates as well as the disbursement chemicals they are using to disolve the oil, and, if so, to what extent ??

    Has anyone investigated this ?

    June 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm |