June 28th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

X Prize's multimillion-dollar challenge for Gulf oil solutions

An EPA worker takes photos of oil coming ashore in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The X Prize Foundation announced today that it is developing a multimillion-dollar “oil spill cleanup X challenge” to come up with solutions to cleaning up shorelines and open water fouled by oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking at the TEDxOilSpill conference in Washington, Frances Beland of the X Prize Foundation asked the audience of 300, and many more watching the conference’s videostream, “What do you prize?” Beland told CNN after his appearance that the oil-related challenge will probably offer about $3 million in prize money for a cleanup solution.

The X Prize Foundation gained public attention for its X Prize of $10 million awarded for the development of private spacecraft, and the nonprofit foundation has created other prize challenges.

Beland said the foundation wanted to come up with a prize to find a solution to capping the well but found it was unable to obtain enough data to design such a challenge, so it opted to focus on the cleanup.

“We’re going to launch a prize for cleanup, and we’re going to kick ass,” he said, to applause.

Beland said 35,000 solutions to the Gulf crisis have been proposed to BP, the government and other organizations, including the X Prize Foundation.

“Every time we have a challenge, you know who wins? It’s not someone from the industry, it’s a maverick, a freethinker.”

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Steven Brian

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Who can understand American arrogance!??

    http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3203808

    June 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      In 1920, the United States enacted the Mercahng Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. This act only allows US maritime crews and unions to labor in US waters. In 2004 when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf of Mexico, President Bush suspended the Jones Act to allow any and all willing participants to come in and help. President Obama is too stupid to do the same. He was given the chance to let the Dutch and the Netherlands come in with equipment that could have contained the entire spill, but passed it down. Maybe we should think more about getting a new President. http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3203808

      June 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris (DC)

      Ummmm Matthew, instead of reading Fox News outlets how about doing a bit of research on your own. Early on the federal government did waive these provisions to allow ships to help. OLD NEWS Skippy.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      AMEN .- O'bama = One Big A$$ Mistake America.. I didn't vote for him

      June 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yodaspeaks

      Americans understand....we are driven!

      June 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • N'awleanschigga

      Amuricans are driven by one thing....GREED for MONEY!!! End of story...Close the book!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cam

      Keep on trollin' they're starting to respond. At least better than BP and Obummer are.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • N'awleanschigga

      Yea Right...driven...like a frickin NAIL!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • N'awleanschigga

      Yea Right...driven like a frickin NAIL!

      June 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik

      Yeah, Obama is too stupid to allow both the Dutch and the Netherlands come in and help!

      June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon O

      @Matthew

      Deepwater Horizon isn't in our waters – it is in international waters.

      Therefore, Obama didn't stop anyone from coming in after the explosion to help.

      Yes, we might need some help now that its in our waters and on our shores... but that's not what YOUR side says... your side blames him for not repealing it immediately... which is a moot point.

      Get some integrity. Respect the truth.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • U.S. Common Sense

      I'm just going to post this in all of your comments, just so you will understand. The region that this spill occurred in falls within the US-controlled waters. It basically stretches from the southern-tips of Florida and Texas.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arthur Roberts

      Answer: Mother Nature. Mother Nature is very resilient to disasters such as this. One million barrels of oil seeps into the gulf each year and various bacteria, etc. break it down. That is why the flora and fauna essentially recovered to prespill levels from the Ixtoc I oil spill of1979 in 2-3 years, despite only 6% of 3.5 million barrels cleaned up by PEMEX.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • randy

      that article says Europe has had that technology for years, with BP being a European company, why do they not already have that technology?

      June 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      The BP spill occurred in international waters. There are over a dozen foreign ships already assisting in the effort, and you may have noticed that BP is itself a foreign company. Obama hasn't suspended the Jones Act because there was no need to – foreign ships already can and are assisting in the effort without any such suspension.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RAT

      A church friend of mine had heard somewhere that some guy DISCOVERED A BUG

      June 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      if the X-Prize guys offer three millions dollars, they SURELY hope to earn $100 million (or more) from this business!!!
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      June 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews: Too bad your joke 5 year old crayon-on-paper ideas won't win.....

      June 28, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews: you failfailfail

      June 28, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • U.S. Common Sense

      Jonothan and Jon O,

      While the Deepwater Horizon accident occurred in international waters, the are in which it occurred is also US-controlled waters. The two authroties overlap, and therefore the Jones Act restrictions still apply. The US-controlled waters basically extend from the southern tips of Texas and Florida. Here is a simple explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_territory#Maritime_territory_of_the_United_States

      June 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh...

      Uh, the Dutch are from the Netherlands, Ace, and we did accept their offers of help. That's what you get from watching too much Fox News...

      June 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zac

      @ JON O

      Your a freaking idiot man. All it takes is 15 seconds to search on google to find the location of the oil rig. Deep Horizon is "in the Macondo Prospect located in the Mississippi Canyon Block 252, in the United States exclusive economic zone about 41 miles (66 km) off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico."

      Do a little research before you spout your arrogance.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thersa

      Why don't you do the same? There is already an exemption in the Jones Act for oil spill recovery vessels. No suspension required. Idiot.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bam

    Yeah the cap one is not realistic, but then again morons wouldn't understand that.
    how about an xprize to convert millions of cars to something that doesn't use gas?

    June 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Already being worked on. Research the automotive X-prize.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      I always am amazed at the number of people who think the black stuff coming out of the ground is only for cars. How silly. The very keyboard you used to type your post was made from oil. Planes use oil, everyday household items are made with oil. Let's just stop making EVERYTHING!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • LUIS IN BROOKLYN

      @GARY. I've seen your post hundreds of time and I can't believe your rationale. We all know that oil is good for many applications, but the bulk of it is for gas powered vehicles. If we replace the gas fuel with electric the demand for oil would deepen to a minimum. Those againts gas fuel do not want to eliminate oil completely. Just to reduce the demand so that it stop being a hazard for the environment. Be real.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      LUIS IN BROOKLYN,

      Please show the percentage numbers to back up your claims. After you do the research (all of it), you will find that a greater percentage of petroleum is used for uses other than car fuel, many other fuels (are we going to stop flying planes and using semis to haul goods – both of these use petroleum just in a different refined form). This notion of electric cars and such is great but how do you create the electricity, coal, fossil fuels, or nuclear and no one wants coal near them and we all know how much nuclear power is liked. Until you can get past the notion of robbing Peter to pay Paul (trade gas cars for electric cars with fuel generated electricity) and come up with real solutions, petroleum will be in our forseeable future.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devin

      For reference, here are some charts showing what each source of energy is being used for: https://publicaffairs.llnl.gov/news/energy/energy.html

      June 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Luis. I don't think you understand organic chemistry very well. I have a basic understanding, but I know that you know that the crude oil that is gushing into the gulf right now is not all gasoline. The reason for this is that the oil is mostly made up of these things called hydrocarbons. Basically, these are carbons attached together in long strings with oxygen atoms on the sides and ends. The more carbons and oxygens, the heavier the hydrocarbon.

      The heaviest ones are often used for tar and similar things, and the level above that is often used for plastic creation. Then, near the top is the light stuff that we know and love as gasoline and natural gas. Even if we were like "Oh, okay. We don't need nearly as much of this light stuff anymore," we would need the same amount of oil. I'm sure there are ways to extract more heavy stuff than light stuff, but you're going to get a slew of different hydrocarbons in every single pump.

      Tl;dr: By eliminating the need for one type of hydrocarbon, you do nothing (or a negligible amount) to the level of oil needed to keep society running. Stop acting like you know everything and go back and at least get your GED.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Sorry. I lied. The lightest of the hydrocarbons are used to make plastics and the gasoline and motor oil we love is in the mid range (8 to 50 or so carbons in a chain).

      Source: http://science.howstuffworks.com/oil-refining2.htm

      June 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DOUG

      I OWN LOTSA STOCK IN ELECTRIC CARS WITH A 250 MILE RANGE AT 70 MPH BUT PEOPLE WILL NOT PAY $30K FOR AN EMISSION FREE NON POLUTING CAR. ALREADY SENY MY IDEA ON HOW TO FIX THE OIL LEAK BUT NO RESPONSE. STILL COULD MAKE A PROTOTYPE THAT WOULD ONLY TAKE HOURS...NOT MONTHS....TO INSTALL!

      June 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • get real

      DREW...
      You dont know anything!!!!! Because if you did you would know that hydrocarbons are primarly Hydrogen and Carbon atoms....Not Oxygen dummy.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Put laundry detergent on it or another degreaser on the oil. This way the fish can be clean. Then use liquid nitrogen to freeze it and wa'lah. Or perhaps just put Liquid nitrogen on the top thus freezing it in place and thus no oil spewing out.... just a thought.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperNerd

      Wow. Just....wow. Perhaps we should plug the oil leak with dumb Americans. Shouldn't take too many...and who will miss all of yo- I mean, them, anyway?

      June 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jude

      xprize for using something other than oil in all our household items, furniture, auto parts, packaging, etc etc etc. We have painted ourselves into a corner.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pedro

      You know whats so funny. We have technology that exists to already do this. The problem is try selling to the general world public to pay high prices for energy. People just wont do it. Gas is too cheap and produces a very high amout of BTU's. If you are "green" you are thinking about efficiency. Nothing is more effiecient when you calculate the costs of production.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperNerd

      We used to have an alternative to petroleum. The problem was, we were running out of whales to kill to get it.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      I submitted an Proposal to kill the well and bolt a flanged spool on the top of the BOP several weeks ago, I was informed yesterday that BP is using part of my idea in two weeks to use a flanged spool instead of the cap to bring ALL the oil to the surface.

      June 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • the best

      if the X-Prize guys offer three millions dollars, they SURELY hope to earn $100 million (or more) from this business!!!

      June 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • the best

      read the DARK SIDE in this article: http://bit.ly/9rkVhR

      June 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • the best

      so, I NEVER send them any my ideas to clean up the shorelines and Gulf's open water, despite I've a VERY GOOD IDEA to do that

      June 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • the best

      -
      however, I can give away my idea for free ONLY if reviewed by all the Press to avoid...
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      1. that BP can ignore it and doesn't apply the idea (as already done with ALL the ideas suggested by me and others) and...
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      2. to avoid that other "BP-guys" or "X-guys" could say (again) that MY idea was "developed internally" in their labs... 😐
      -

      June 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger LeBlanc

      Actually, a cap is completely doable, from 0 – 100% shutdown. This link will show you a device that will do it –

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBRCuiDFwS4&w=640&h=360]

      I don't have the computer skills to make a "wow" video graphic, but many have seen my device and have said "wow". My device also does something that others do not. I eliminate the need for gaskets/seals which can develop ice crystals and can cause a device to fail under such depth and high pressures. Once my device is installed it is solid containment. And the only tools needed to install it would be a hydraulic ratchet and a robotic arm to hold it in place while the two halves are bolted together.

      June 29, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • John dow

      1 take a trapaozoid 3mile top side 400 m bottom side one mile and a half depth
      extend to ocean floor
      coral oil well inside
      fasten edge together
      make cone
      inflate boom on top side to float above water above projected storm surge
      make sides semipermable so oil stays in cone and water is allowed to escape
      siphon oil from inside cone to tanker
      take oil in tanker to refinery
      done
      plan 2 what ever the natural bacteria is that eats oil promote growth deploy instead of disapatient agent

      June 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Dow

      Model take a 12"square pc of close hot glue a magnet in the center of one end fold cut four inches on bottom to the corner on top this should make trapazoid take helium balloon hot glue to top place in bath tub magnet down staple sides together should make cone top above water. take straw and siphon water from center....

      June 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • careen

      My name is Careen Stokes. My father Joseph Kahoe, along with a fellow engineer Brandon Iglesias from LSU have come up with a brilliant invention called EMOPP. I understand that you probably get thousands of ideas on how to stop the leak, but EMOPP needs some serious consideration. EMOPP short for Electro Magnetic Oil Pipe Plugger was not created to contain the oil but to stop it. It also can be installed in pre-existing pipes to make sure this BP mess never occurs again. The Orange County Register, in California, wrote an article on my father and EMOPP. The word is getting out, but not fast enough. I as well as many are angry that this even happened in the first place, but also nothing has been successful in stopping the leak. The lives of all that work the Gulf Waters as well as businesses are being devastated. It breaks my heart seeing all the beautiful wildlife covered in oil and dying. I would appreciate your time to look at EMOPP. You can find it at EMOPP.com as well as Twitter and Facebook. EMOPP can work, all we need is for the word to get out.
      Sincerely,
      Careen Stokes

      June 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      I find it so amusing to see everyone of you liberals and the stinking bias media outlets pointing the finger only at BP. This arrogant president of yours is loving this disaster...refusing help from other countries who are experienced with this kind of mess. I suggest you all, including Obama, go off and live elsewhere and have your little socialist island and see how quickly you crumble into the sea. He is doing everything in his power to destroy this nation...spend, spend, spend & tax, tax, tax!!! What a joke he's turned out to be. And also, I love hearing the libs complain over and over again that Sara Palin lacked experience...are you for real? Obama was and still is an empty suit!!!! Looking forward to the new faces in Washington come November!!!!

      June 30, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Guixian Lu

      Dear friend:
      I am an inventor with five patents and five pending patents.
      I have designed a machine to cleanup oil in the ocean. I am drawing figures and writing description for the machine. Can you tell me where my figures and description to send.
      Thanks!

      Best regards,

      Guixian Lu

      July 1, 2010 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    If you are tired of BP Oil, then say it on a shirt. Action and money is what the Gulf needs to cleanup this mess. Talk is cheap. BUY A SHIRT and wear it proudly. All proceed go to the Surfrider Foundation.
    go to http://WWW.BPSHIRTS.COM and get your shirt today!

    June 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jessica, Grand Rapids MI

    Will the winner have to split the winnings with all the people who get sick from helping with the clean up? Just was curious who that responsibility is going to fall on, because people are going to get sick, and they are going to sue. This is america, what more do we expect?

    June 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvilPoliticians

      "This is america, what more do we expect?"

      People suing those that help improve the cleanup capabilities? Ridiculous. Wait. This IS America. Land of the Lawyers.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I would give up every opportunity I will have for the rest of my life, and live on a park bench if it meant that I could stop this spill and help the gulf cost recover economically and environmentally.

      I've never served our armed forces, or pursued political office, but if I could make a worthwhile sacrifice as an engineer to repay my country for the freedoms and opportunities I enjoy, I would.

      I realize this is a put-up or shut-up kind of statement, but I'm pretty sick of listening to blow-hards online, and I'm going to make sure that if there is an opportunity to put my Mechanical Engineering degree to use in the service of my nation or my planet, that I don't miss the boat on it.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe1

    And Bill, That IS Capitalism!

    June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    How about a huge piece of bubble gum?

    Please let me know if I won the prize.

    CNN can reach me at my email address.

    Thanks everybody, and have a nice day.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbie

      Nah, bubble gum will just make a big bubble and pop. It should be the late Billy May's Mighty Putty. It can hold the bond of semi-trucks.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brammage

      BUY NOW, AND WE'LL DOUBLE THE ORDER!!

      June 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adam

    CNN You love to write stories on government missteps, then write a story on this! Find out the truth! If the Dutch could have helped us avert much of this disaster why didn't we welcome their help? If this is true I'm truly sickened by the state of the US government.

    http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3203808

    June 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dex

      Google the "Jones Act".

      June 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tssshhhh

      Google: 'Commander and Cheif + Crisis Emergency + Worst Oil Spill in History'

      June 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Kenney

    This is too easy, keep bulldozing the beach back into the water until all the oil has evaporated in 80-100 years it should be 75% gone and we won't have billions of plastic garbage bags with 15lbs of sand and 4oz of oil.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry Desaulniers

    The flow of the oil spilling can be drastically reduced by pumping a few thousand pounds of steel ball bearing into the pipe. The round shape will slow the flow as they fall to the lowest point. The round shape will keep the balls from log jamming and this method could lower the flow of oil to the equivalent of a broken 3 inch pipe.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canon Balls

      Try to jam few thousand pounds of ball bearings in a 21 inch pipe under thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch? You must be in the artillery business.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RadioCityMan

      First they said that golf balls can be used . It seemed ridiculous then and it seemsstupid now.. ball bearings will be dumb idea.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperNerd

      You should try this at home. Get your garden hose, turn it on full blast, and try to stuff it full of marbles. Then report back to us with your findings.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Drop a 40' x 100' tall steel sleeve down around the pipe with the cap still in place to keep the oil flow at a minimum. Then fill the sleeve with concrete. It will not only stabilize the already fragile well head but should stop the leak. How ever many hundreds of tons of the same concrete Haliburton was going to use should do the trick. I think this would be easily able to be fabricated in a shipyard in New Orleans in pieces assembled on site. I'll take the prize money in seafood from the fishermen when they're back to work.

      June 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    The shut off valve that will not work is probably frozen at 1 mile deep, so why don't they pump hot water down to the valve and warm it up to normal temp. and then try to get it to shut off?

    June 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Or why don't they just install another valve where they cut the broken end, then close it? Then there might not be a leak.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ar

      Temp at that depth is about 60 degrees F. At the same time there is very high pressure which means nothing is frozen, quite the opposite.

      June 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      temp at that depth is 34 degF

      June 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperNerd

      The "shut-off valve that will not work" as you so eloquently put it, also called a blowout preventer, operates using hydraulics. The temperature at 5000 ft in the gulf is ~40F. No hydraulic fluid that I am aware of freezes at 40F.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TJ

    agreeing with Adam, & thanks John for the link.

    Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. "Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour," Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

    The U.S. government responded with "Thanks but no thanks," remarked Visser, despite BP's desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer –the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge.

    Read more: http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3203808

    June 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thersa

      (1)The Jones Act already has an exemption for oil spill response vessels so why would Obama have to suspend it?
      (2) The Dutch offer was to sell skimmers not at "no charge."

      June 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Perhaps you shouldn't be relying on a famous global warming denier to tell you what the appropriate environmental solution is.

      A sand dike would get absolutely destroyed with the very first hstorm to hit the area. Then all that money and manpower would have just been wasted, plus we would be dealing with the negative effects of digging up thousands of tons of the ocean floor. The Dutch aren't accustomed to designing solutions that will stand up to hurricanes of the degree that the gulf faces.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Towne

      It seems as though no one is thinking, if you were to construct a large version of a cardiac asngioplasty baloon out of very heavy rubber with grippers, insert it to the bottom of the well casing, inflate with hydrolic fluid, top with water proof concrete, no more oil.

      July 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dan

    Send superman down to cap it.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Best idea yet!

      June 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xeno

      Dan.....I offered to do it but Obama said nah, don't worry about it. I then called my buddy Chuck Norris to see if he would help out but Obama said nope to him also, we'll just let BP take control of this. And just to think, it would take nothing but the laser beams from my eyes to weld the pipe shut.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL guy

      Aquaman!

      June 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cam

      Aquaman! would be great. I mean this is already a Golden Mullet Award moment. might as well get him and MacGyver down there to fix it.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jane

    It's pretty clear that they don't even plan to try to contain this well now that a reward has been offered. Whenever a reward is offered it ususlly means john and jane doe USA are going to be the ones to suffer the consequences.. look how well the reward for Osama's head went!! What a joke. Why are they even bothering to "clean" up the oil?

    June 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvilPoliticians

      The X Prize Foundation is not affiliated with either BP or any government. This group of independent people try to promote innovation in space and technology. Kudos to them for fronting the money and perhaps generating some productive ideas. Unfortunately I can see BP and the government declining anything that results from this.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Do you engage your brain before you start to type? I am thinking of coding an app that will pick out the spewings of the ignorant. You are the perfect example of a person educated (if you can call it that) in the US. So ignorant than even if you were hugely intelligent it would be wasted on you. People who only approach one side of an issue with one piece of information do not have the right to call themselves literate or intelligent. As you do not have the interest required to educate yourself by reading and studying, and comparing source material, I wonder why you even bother to make comments.

      If you don't bother to read, you are illiterate. You are just another dumppuck looking for attention. An opinion with no facts and no ability to reason on the subject is a waste of everyone's time.

      June 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tekkno

      @CalgarySandy....You obviously live a miserable life. I bet you spend your days analyzing the worlds flaws and your nights thinking about how brilliant you think you are. Well I've got news for you, you're not as wonderful as you might hope. And as for ignorance? Look in the mirror.

      June 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    Yeah I'll NEVER understand the Dutch deal either. Offered help for free, and it was turned down. That's got to be one of the DUMBEST decisions in history.

    June 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      Hello...look who's running the country. He's a bigger disaster than the oil spill.

      June 30, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
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