Feds consult with director James Cameron for #oilspill ideas

Posted by: ST on June 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Just when you think you’ve heard it all (via Lachlan Markay):

“Top kill” didn’t stop the Gulf oil spill. How about something “titanic”?

Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The “Avatar” and “Titanic” director was among a group of scientists and other experts who met Tuesday with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for a brainstorming session on stopping the massive oil leak.

The Canadian-born Cameron is considered an expert on underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies.

Vladimir at Red State responds:

They failed to mention “The Abyss”, so at least the man has more oil industry expertise than anybody else these brainiacs can call in.

In other news, Tom Hanks has been called in to consult with Gen. Petraeus about Afghanistan, and Ben Affleck has been tapped to direct the space program.< /sarcasm >

Up next: Administration officials consult Sean Penn on indepdendent flood rescue efforts.

For the latest developments on the oil spill, click here. Ed Morrissey’s also got a must-read on the administration’s efforts to distance themselves from BP just days after President Obama declared that the post-spill containment effort was his responsibility.

Oh – and the DOJ announced today that it was launching a “criminal and civil investigation” into the oil spill. Doesn’t that make you feel much better? As I said on Twitter, I wonder if the Gulf of Mexico will be subpoenaed for testimony?


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11 Responses to “Feds consult with director James Cameron for #oilspill ideas”


  1. Carlos says:

    There are lots more directors/movies that could be brought up. How about the director of “Twister” for tornado relief? Or of “Perfect Storm” for hurricane advice?

    Or even of “In Cold Blood” to advise local sheriffs about investigations of multiple murders?

    It all goes to mindset. Since Duh-1’s view of the world is eerily dreamy (as in a dope-filled fog) and has no connection with reality, is it a surprise they would head to Hollyweird for advice?

    Why didn’t he consult with Atticus Finch before making such a fool of himself over the Cambridge PD?

  2. Old Goat says:

    I actually think this might not be such a bad idea. Some problems require a fresh look at things, and I would think the role Cameron brings is to see if there might be a better means of seeing what is going on. They did have some supposed problems with the camera that is on the leak.

    The problem with this is multiplied by it being so far out and little to no experience dealing with problems that are as deep in the ocean as this is.

    I wonder why the administration didn’t immediately look to bring in all the oil giants around the globe to see what ideas they could come up with in dealing with this right from the beginning.

    I also wonder why the administration has turned down offers for help from a number of different countries that have deep sea drilling.

    I am sick of seeing Hollywood actors being brought in to Washington for things they know nothing about other than having played some stupid role in a movie, but bringing them in for areas that they have expertise is not a bad idea. Plus, maybe he can help Obama with acting lessons. Lord knows Clinton could have used some lessons on how to really act instead of being some B type actor.

  3. NC Cop says:

    This just in:

    “Obama brings in Jabba the Hutt to deal with national debt!”

  4. ClassicFilm says:

    If only the creators of Looney Toons were still alive to be consulted – I’m fairly certain that the Wiley Coyote’s trusty ACME Company would have a Super-Duper ACME Oil Plug that would do the trick. Unless Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck snagged it first.

  5. patrice says:

    Oh so must be one of the members of the “Brain Trust” that Carol Browner referenced countless times this am on Fox & Friends. I feel so much better now.

  6. Great White Rat says:

    If they’re looking for new ideas on how to set up the cameras monitoring the leak, fine. But if they are really asking a Hollyweird directory how to stop the leak – as the NOLA article says – then Duh-1’s administration is even stupider than we thought.

    But it isn’t too surprising, in one sense. After all, this is an administration that boasted about basing its foreign policy on Winnie the Pooh books.

  7. Kate says:

    Cinematography….okay, we will get a better look at the oil spurting out. Perhaps we will be able to make some headway on what to do now that the cameras are placed and lighting is improved….it has taken over one month for this?

    Where are all those exalted scientists ideas…perhaps they understand the dynamics, but have never had the “real world” experience of deep sea drilling. Get the other oil company experts PLEASE! They have a vested interest to keep the industry’s integrity intact.

  8. Jo says:

    Hey, maybe he can install O-Zero on the prow of a really big ship arms outstretched to the tune of some classical music and they can glide into the oil spill stopping occasionally to let the Messiah walk on the oil spill and magically, it will dissipate! Problem solved!! He is SO effective–those who voted for him really did make the right decision after all!