James Cameron talked to Hardball about the oil spill–and cleared up the “morons” out-of-context issue. He started out thinking that BP didn’t know what it was doing, and came to the conclusion that what they were dealing with was “an amazingly complex problem” down in the formation inside the well, 13,000 feet beneath the ocean floor. Doing the wrong thing could make things a lot worse.
When asked about setting off a nuclear bomb, Cameron shakes his head and asks, “do you want oil-tasting shrimp for two years or radioactive shrimp for 10,000 years?” Also, he’s genuinely trying to help. So it turns out that when BP said that they didn’t need Mir submersibles–that was because they had their own vehicles. And he and the team of deep-sea engineering experts he assembled has come up with some technical solutions that might be viable. But Cameron grants that BP may have other reasons for not following them. “The government needs its own information,” he said. He’d like the government to go after its own information, and not rely on BP, which is hardly an objective source, to supply information. Cameron met with several government officials and has a lot of knowledge. Knowing Cameron as I do, I trust him completely. He’s knows his stuff.