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BP Refused James Cameron’s Cleanup Help

Posted on Jun 3, 2010
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Those Hollywood directors, always thinking they can call all the shots. “Avatar” helmer and self-proclaimed “King of the World” James Cameron tried to do his eco-friendly (and global royalty) duty this week by offering to help with the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico, but alas, the beleaguered bigwigs at BP turned him down.  —KA

Reuters via Yahoo News:

“Over the last few weeks I’ve watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what’s happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don’t know what they’re doing,” Cameron said at the All Things Digital technology conference.

Cameron, the director of “Avatar” and “Titanic,” has worked extensively with robot submarines and is considered an expert in undersea filming. He did not say explicitly who he meant when he referred to “those morons.”

His comments came a day after he participated in a meeting at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington to “brainstorm” solutions to the oil spill.

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By Brutal, June 9, 2010 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

I strongly object to truthdig’s degrading of Cameron’s offer as pure hubris.  It was misleading commentary on what was an objective article by Reuters.  Hey, if an actor can become president and set up the circumstances that ultimately lead to our letting BP get away with unsafe practices, then maybe a director can be the one to save us from suffering the full consequences of our mistake.

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By C L Atkins, June 9, 2010 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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I have to wonder why truthdig chose to deride Cameron in their introduction to the Reuters article, which was respectful.  If I hadn’t read the entire article, out of respect for Cameron’s work as a director, I would have been left with the false impression that his offer was just hubris.

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By rico, suave, June 6, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Does BP even have a say in Cameron’s offer? I thought the US guvmint was running the show.

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By PatrickHenry, June 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

I don’t think BP can legally turn down Camerons help.

Its time to bypass BP.

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By Richard Nixon, June 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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wait no it’s not


now it’s not.

I appreciate some Hollywood actors and people with money trying to do
something about the gulf spill. It is better than Bill Gates wasting his money on

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By Peter Knopfler, June 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

When I write something I add my picture so you can see who your responding to and to let the folks know where I`m coming from, I have nothing to hide, a picture says a thousand words, but if you only see my name no picture, but quoting me! don`t believe a word of it example THE COMMENT BY Flummox, please use your own name, no picture! not me! Thankyou

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By Flummox, June 4, 2010 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

By Peter Knopfler, June 3 at 9:35 pm:

“clean house first CANADIAN CAMERON!”

I’d rather have a dedicated Canadian working on the issue than a corrupt and worthless bunch of stuffed suits at BP. And that’s not to mention Obama, who’s idea of taking charge is flying to the coast for nice speeches while BP gets to say where journalists can and can’t film. Obama talks tough while his National and Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration acts as BP’s public relations department. “Undersea oil plumes? There’s no such thing!”

Yes, so glad Obama and his crew are looking out for us down there. Maybe the Canadians should come in and save us, at least then we’d have a chance.

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By Peter Knopfler, June 4, 2010 at 6:48 am Link to this comment

“IF YOU DONT care where they come from and you don`t care who they are”! Sucker born every day, with technology every second! your going to invite your own ignorance of not knowing! Its what you don`t know that ends up killing you, Know who you are then you might get to know others but when you want something done, do it yourself!!! NOT TO KNOW IS YOUR GREATEST INFLICTION OF A I DON^T CARE MIND FRAME. IF everyone cleaned their own homes cities countries, J. Cameron would be doing something about the HELL WHOLE TAR PITS OF CANADA, America take care of your oil spill and don`t get pushed around by BP and others like! I can`t tell my kids no smoking while I have a cigarette in my mouth, I can`t tell you to be heallth while I`m sucking down a Cokacola and Big MAC, America lost its brains to fifty years of fast foods with sodas. Now a Prozac generation who knows little! all FOR THE MONEY! HONEY! I CARE WHERE THEY COME FROM AND WHO THEY ARE; HISTORY SHOWS WE ARE ALWAYS FOOLED BY OUR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE; KNOWLEDGE STILL SETS US FREE; WELL MAY BE NOT YOU!

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By Ohnooo, June 4, 2010 at 12:59 am Link to this comment

I think BP wants to share as little information as possibly about this situation, they are already in a very bad situation, and they will have to answer for it in court.

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By cyrena, June 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

Everytime I think I can’t be more pissed off or
outraged, something like this comes up to add more
insult to injury.

who know what the hell they’re doing, and we don’t care
where they come from, or who they are!!

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By Peter Knopfler, June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Don`t you just love these attention greedy people Come now CANADIAN JAMES GO HOME CLEAN UP THE TAR PITS OF ALBERTA, as bad as the oil spill STOP KILLING BABY SEALS AND MOST OF ALL, don`t tell others when your own home is a MESS. JAMES GO HOME CLEAN UP CANADA FIRST THAT^S WHERE YOUR FROM CLEAN YOUR HOUSE BEFORE CHECKING OTHER HOUSES James the Hypocrit, James the money man, clean Canada first. “IF you live in a glass house, throw no stones”. I`m a Canadian I can say this to James Cameron, like the primeminister of England ARE YOU FEELING A LITTLE ROYAL Cameron or just FOR THE MONEY! ATTENTION, whats money without attention-lonely I guess, clean house first CANADIAN CAMERON!

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