Proving that point, here's word on actor Kevin Costner trying to do just that. His funded device, a centrifuge that helps pull oil from water is being considered by - wait for it (wait for it), - BP Oil.
The 'Costner Machine'. Described as a centrifugal processing device that separates oil from water, pegged to help clean up BP Oil spill.
Also a fisherman (when he isn't preparing for the silver screen) Costner purchased the devices from the government over 15 years ago and invested $24 million to develop the machines for the private sector.
BP has already approved six of the machines for testing in the gulf, where they will extract the spilled oil, send it back to a tanker and pump 99 percent purified water back into the ocean.
Chop, chop, BP! The world is waiting for you to clean up your mess!
Oddly enough, and as we head into Memorial Day Weekend, this is national Safe Boating Week. The president issued a proclamation admonishing us all to be responsible boaters of our nation's waterways (
"Our Nation's waterways provide endless opportunities for family recreation, exercise, or moments of quiet solitude and reflection. As the weather warms and people prepare to spend time on the water, let us recommit during National Safe Boating Week to practicing safe techniques so boaters of all ages can enjoy this pastime.Question. Is there a National Responsible Oil Drilling Week?
Responsible and informed behavior on board can keep boaters and passengers free from harm. Wearing a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, taking a boating safety course, being aware of weather conditions, and ensuring all boats have the necessary
safety equipment are all important steps Americans can take to minimize risk on the water. Those who operate boats must also take extra precautions to keep their passengers safe and never boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
To help save lives and prevent accidents, the United States Coast Guard partners with boating organizations to raise awareness and teach safe boating practices. Boaters can take advantage of these opportunities to learn, make informed decisions, and teach family and friends to use caution while on board. By practicing safe boating habits and encouraging others to do the same, Americans can protect themselves and others throughout the boating season.
In recognition of the importance of safe boating practices, the Congress, by Joint Resolution approved June 4, 1958 (36 U.S.C. 131), as amended, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim annually the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as "National Safe Boating Week."