Hollywood Seizes on the Spill: Costner’s Solution and Other Statements

Kevin Costner testified on Capitol Hill today about his invention that separates oil from water — but told a tale of being ignored by government officials and others who could have reaped the benefits from the device.

“I don’t know if I’m embarrassed about the amount of money that I spent,
or if I’m proud,” Costner said, per Politics Daily. “But at a certain point I knew I was
exhausted.”

Costner said that since the Exxon Valdez disaster, he has invested about $20 million in the machine, but it never took off.

He added, “It may seem an unlikely scenario that I am the one delivering this
technology at this moment in time. But from where I’m
sitting, it is equally unfathomable that these machines are not already
in place.”

Here’s an excerpt.

A growing chorus of celebrity politicos are seizing on the spill to push for stricter government regulation and action on climate change legislation.
Barbra Streisand, directing her ire at past GOP administrations, writes, “In the wake of this disaster, I have no doubt that the spill occurred because the pendulum of power in our country has swung dangerously far in favor of corporations. The systematized deregulation of our industries, which began under President Reagan and continued vigorously under George W. Bush, is now literally destroying our environment.”

Ted Danson, who is on the board of Oceana, writes, “If the government wants to do more than just pay lip service to clean
energy, then it’s time to stop pushing for more offshore drilling.”

And Robert Redford introduced a new video in which he calls for greater steps to rein in the oil industry’s influence on politics. He writes, “With their deep pockets, oil companies have purchased loose safety
regulations, slack oversight and support from key lawmakers. Last year
alone, the industry spent a $168 million on lobbying — $16 million of
which came from BP. The blowout on the Deepwater Horizon is a symptom of
this undue influence.

“It is time for the collusion to stop. As long as it continues,
Americans will pay the price in the form of devastated ecosystems and a
fossil fuel addiction that benefits oil companies, not ordinary
citizens”

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