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Why didn't the oil companies build this? Are they really really trying their best to contain and clean up their mess?

With technology long available, such as the clean-up ship at the link, why did the oil companies choose not to put these into production, and why did state and federal governments NOT insist that they do so before putting our irreplaceable resources at risk of such a devastating event?

Why did they use toxic dispersants to spread the oil out and not contain and clean-up as was needed. Heck, instead of using a poisonous dispersant, they COULD be using polymers, which are non-toxic and make the oil into a
floating rock which could be towed away and burned, not wasting BTU's.
Meanwhile,the Gulf is poisoned and the coastlines become uninhabitable. It may come to evacuation of those areas, due to methane, benzene and other nasty gases brought ashore by storms.

(Don't forget, Haliburton was the one who screwed up the cementing job in the first place.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOVEIlMF63U&feature=player_embedded

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:23 PM on Jun. 4, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • When something is invented the inventor has to find financing. Obviously the oil companies and anyone else asked did not feel it was a good needed investment. They may feel differently now but before they didn't. There has to be a need for something for someone to want to buy or put money into it.
    Look, right now it sounds great to say why didn't they? That was not needed and there was no reason then to think they would need it. When you run any kind of business you have to weigh the benefits of spending money especially when it is goin gto be that much. Sure it is a profit thing but thats why people go into business. To make a profit. Thats just how things work.
    Things happen and when they do someone invariably has to do something to keep it from happening again. Like they say, hindsight is 20/20 but you can't fault them for not wanting to pay for something that they had a 1 in a million chance of needing.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:39 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:17 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • Like they say, hindsight is 20/20 but you can't fault them for not wanting to pay for something that they had a 1 in a million chance of needing.


    Are you kidding me? Not fault them? Ever heard of backup plans? 1 of the most ridiculous comments ever.


    I hope you would expect better of your air carrier or surgeon.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • Anon isn't that why the Titanic did not have enough life boats for all? I agree ridiculous "reason".
    delilahsmom1177

    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 1:32 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • Anon, you may expect better of your air carrier or surgeon, but you shouldn't:

    Odds of dying in a plane crash 250,000 to 1

    Odds of dying during surgery 8,000 to 1

    The odds of an oil rig explosion don't even compare.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:36 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • How about the odds of destroying the environment and the livelihoods and perhaps lives of millions, what about the odds of that?

    I would say that truly "does not compare".

    The corporate apologists are apparently keeping busy.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • Anon :40 you are sooo right. This will follow us forever. I'm sorry I care about my child's future!
    delilahsmom1177

    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 1:43 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • It happens all the time. You can't realistically(realistically is the key word here) expect some company to pay millions of dollars to anyone who comes up with an invention whether it might be needed or not. Obviously you don't understand business.
    There are times when things happen that you just never thought would happen. I recall, Hurricanes, floods and Ice storms in the near past. After the fact they all found things that they could have done differently, things that they could have done but just didn't think it was necessary. Sorry, people are just not given the ability to see into the future to know they should do something they will unexpectedly need later.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:21 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • its, they could have done things but thought it would never happen. That is where they all fall short. Everyone involved, the government BP oil EVERYONE!
    delilahsmom1177

    Answer by delilahsmom1177 at 2:23 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

  • Again Steph, ridiculous and ludicrious. Comparing mother nature to big business-what a s.t.r.e.t.c.h..

    I recall, Hurricanes, floods and Ice storms in the near past.


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on Jun. 4, 2010

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