After claiming back in June, in reference to the government’s response to the oil spill, “Those morons don’t know what they’re doing,” James Cameron submitted a 25-report to the Department of Energy and U.S. Coast Guard “that said what to do.” Now, more than two months later, Cameron says not only did officials not take his plan seriously, they could have stopped the spill way sooner if they had!
“[The report] was promptly ignored by everyone,” Cameron said. “And guess what? At the end of the day, they did exactly what we recommended. I’m not saying they did it because we recommended it. I think they did it because it was the right thing to do. But they basically did exactly what we said should be done.”
The Avatar director says his ownership of the plan is probably what made the government hesitant (“we were probably ignored because I was involved”) and that this stubbornness led directly to the added damage, to the tune of 60 million gallons of oil: “The thing is, it was the right answer 60 days ago when we gave them that report,” he said, “That means you’ve got a million gallons a day, times 60 days, pouring into the gulf. [That’s] 60 million gallons of oil.”
James Cameron Says Gov’t Ignored His BP Oil Spill Advice [MTV]