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James Cameron on BP's handling of the oil spill: 'Those morons don't know what they're doing'

Jim_cameron I don't know about you, but personally, I feel that I can sleep better at night knowing that the indefatigable James Cameron is always at the ready, always on the case, always fully caffeinated, no matter what the crisis is at hand. Apparently making the biggest-grossing, game-changing movie of all time isn't enough to put this world-class filmmaker's insatiable energy at rest.

Cameron has already emerged as an outspoken environmentalist and defender of the Amazon rain forest. He's already on the science team for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory. He's already -- gasp -- documented the unearthing of what is alleged to be the tomb of Jesus. But this is a man who never rests. A day after participating in a meeting at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington designed to "brainstorm" solutions for the disastrous BP gulf oil spill, Cameron took the stage at the All-Things Digital technology conference, where he blasted away at British Petroleum, saying that he has been "watching what's happening in the gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing."

It turns out that Cameron offered to help BP and the U.S. government in dealing with the oil spill, but his volunteer efforts were ignored. As is widely known, Cameron isn't just an amiable dunce do-gooder. He's helped develop deep-sea submersible equipment and other undersea ocean technology for a series of documentaries he made involving undersea shipwrecks, including the Titanic and the Bismarck.

As this report from Reuters notes, Cameron thinks his help is needed, since his team of experts has  operated underwater vehicles and electronic optical fiber systems, even if the undersea work didn't involve drilling for oil. "I know really, really, really smart people that work typically at depths much greater than what that well is at. Most importantly, they know the engineering that it requires to get something done at that depth."

All I can tell you is that it's time to let Cameron and his really, really, really smart cohorts loose and see if they can make a dent in this growing ecological disaster. With Spike Lee down in Louisiana, updating his Hurricane Katrina documentary, going on CNN and blasting BP ("It if was up to me, they would be going to the hoosegow, to the slammer," Lee told Anderson Cooper), it's only a matter of time before the oil spill reaches true catastrophic proportions. I mean, wherever Spike goes, doom and gloom follows, as any New York Knicks fan could tell you. 

The time is clearly overdue to give Cameron a special presidential appointment as our new Disaster Guru. Give him some money, give him some technology, give him some troops. Hell, give him an honorary Oscar, if that's what it takes. Let's face it. It's time for some can-do spirit in the gulf and if anyone is overflowing with can-do zeal, it's Jim Cameron. I say step out of the way and let a real man do a real man's business.

Photo: James Cameron at Seoul Digital Forum in Seoul, South Korea, in May. Credit: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press


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Mr. Goldstein gives just the right amount of sarcastic wit to his article. But what I would really like to know is if the casts of Lost and The Real Housewives of New Jersey have offered their help.

i read he'd given up caffeine years ago.

Just because someone IS a film maker it doesn't mean they have nothing else to contribute. Like Kevin Costner who actually developed in Oil Separation Machines.

If Cameron indeed has the necessary connection and development into deep sea submersibles who are we to say he is a loon?

Another egotistical celebrity who thinks he's qualified to solve problems he knows nothing about.

Too much RedBull

More high profile people should have been and should be speaking out about this environmental holocaust because BP & our Government obviously really do not know what they are doing and were too slow to react about it.

Ya know its always interesting hearing comments from people who wants to see their name and picture up there with the other know it alls professing to be sooooooooooo knowledgeable . I certainly don't know the answers but at least Bp of them all at least has the best shot at it. And for those in the know this has happened before not here but read a little before you mouth off

Allow a man passionate about protecting our shared environment to speak without ridiculing him for doing so.

All the literary sarcasm Mr. Goldstein can muster is doing nothing to solve the problem of BP's greed and incompetence.

Cameron is just a complete narcissist and you are just feeding his hubris.

Who cares if Cameron is a narcissist. They need any kind of help that they can get. Plus, he has the money & resources. It would not hurt to let Cameron or whoever else try to get this disaster under control. This is a very serious situation. What else needs to happen for us to WAKE UP & GET OFF THE OIL????

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