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June 9th, 2010
By Tom Carter
Any time there’s a disaster with lots of cameras around and a chance to promote ultra-leftist ideas, we can expect the Hollywood elites to show up saying and doing stupid things. They were out in force for Hurricane Katrina, and a number of them showed up for the Haiti earthquake, but they didn’t stay long — something about a shortage of five-star hotels near the disaster area.
So imagine my surprise when I heard that Kevin Costner had testified before a congressional committee about the Gulf oil spill disaster. Well, actually, I wasn’t at all surprised. I hadn’t seen Costner doing this kind of thing before, but I figured he was just another numbskull actor grabbing some face time to spout his uninformed opinions.
So, instead, imagine my surprise when I was impressed by what he said. Turns out years ago, in response to the Exxon Valdez disaster, Costner started a company that developed equipment that could extract oil from water at a pretty fast pace. He did it at a personal cost of $20 million, with no investors and no government grants. Turned out, though, that governments and private companies weren’t interested.
Now, according to several reports I found like this one, BP may be interested in giving Costner’s equipment a try. They’re either desperate for solutions and maybe good publicity, or maybe Costner actually has something that can work. If that’s the case, I have to wonder why no one was interested before.
Watch the video of Costner’s testimony:
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