It is being called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
I’ve been fuming about the Gulf Oil Disaster for weeks, but I’ve sat on the sidelines and have said nothing. Oh I’ve been tempted to lash out several times … like when that idiot congressman from Texas apologized to British Petroleum (BP) for the pressure put on the company to contribute to a compensation fund for people in the afflicted Gulf of Mexico states. *
Like most of America, I’ve been watching the Gulf disaster unfold for almost two months now while BP fumbles around trying to figure out how to fix this mess they’ve made. Experts are warning us that we’re entering storm season in the region and we’re only a hurricane away from a potentially worst situation and that the environmental damage and the economic consequences may be irreversible.
- Disaster movie in the making
I’m not intending to make light of this situation, but this catastrophe and this warning has all the elements of a classic Hollywood summer disaster flick, don’t you think?
Consider that we’ve got the quintessential VILLIAN in BP – complete with villain-like traits (foreign, arrogant, money-hungry, irresponsible, and uncaring for the “little people”, etc…). There’s the US President (Obama) attempting to get some control over an ever-worsening situation. There’s a media character that helps narrate the catastrophe (Anderson Cooper); oil-funded political pundits trying to deflect responsibility (Fox News) and villain associates (Rep Barton); a multitude of scientists, environmentalists, and crisis workers trying desperately to help out; and of course there’s a whole slew of VICTIMS with many more potentially in danger. This ever-increasing list of victims may expand to even include our own planet.
Yep, this worst man-caused disaster in history has had all the makings of a classic summer box office blockbuster. It has all the ingredients … except a HERO!
You know, the Hero, someone on the ground (in this case – water) who sees our plight and answers the call against insurmountable odds. Someone with grit and a “can-do” attitude. Someone we can all believe in. Someone we can trust.
Disasters often create “strange bedfellows” and this seems particularly the case in the Gulf.
(cue horns) Enter … Kevin Costner.
- Costner to the rescue!
Always the HERO, we already know that Costner is comfortable around water (e.g. WaterWorld), but what we didn’t know is that he has been preparing for this kind of catastrophe since 1995 when he purchased Ocean Therapy Solutions from the US Government. This company develops oil separation machines. http://www.ots.org/
BP tested several of these machines in May and on June 9th they ordered 32 anti-oil devices from Costner’s company. According to what I’ve read, Costner has put $40Mil into this science project and I’ve read that this may prove to be one of the best solutions for cleaning up the mess BP has made of the Gulf.
Yes indeed, Hollywood hero Kevin Costner has stepped in to save the day.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because I saw these same characteristics in young Kevin years ago when we attended middle school together in Ventura California. Doubtful if Costner will remember me, but we attended Cabrillo Junior High School together back in the day. Although I was a grade higher, we hung out with the same guys and played on the same sports teams. I think we had a lot in common back then. Neither of us were great students, but we were interested in baseball, music and politics. We were both short and shy towards the girls. I remember liking the guy and I actively supported his candidacy for class vice-president. He was a man of the people even back then. Perhaps I saw something in a young Kevin Costner that others see in him today … possibly the early makings of a classic American hero.
After graduating from Cabrillo, I went on to Ventura High School (go Cougars!) and Costner went to play baseball for our cross-town rivals, the Buena HS Bulldogs, and we haven’t seen one another since. So Kevin old chum, I realize you’re really busy at the moment, but if one of your people reads this and brings it to your attention … please reach out and contact me. I’d love to catch up and see what you’ve been doing for the past 40 years.
I heard something about you dancing with wolves. What’s that all about?
* Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, who has long been a spokestool for oil and gas companies, showed his true colors that day. His remarks even embarrassed Republicant Party leaders who immediately scrambled to issue a rebuttal. I’m not surprised by Barton’s actions, because oil and gas industry political action committees have given more than $1.4 million to his campaigns since 1990, the most of any House member during that period (cite: Center for Responsive Politics.) Sucking from the Big Oil teat, Barton has no conscience and certainly no credibility as he serves his master regardless of the loss of life, or the horrible negative environmental and economic impact this situation has caused. What a Tool!
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