I fear our good intentions may have created a monster. BP asked the world for oil spill / gusher response ideas, without hiring enough people to be able to sort thru those ideas in any amount of time worth a damn. But now they are armed with these ideas, and in the future may try to become the worlds leading oil response profiteers.
With the help of ATS, we alone came up with some great ideas that could have worked. But it wasn’t until 3 weeks after I sent my submissions did I even get automated response acknowledging the submissions, and about another week later until I got emails stating they’ve actually reviewed them consciously. By then it was too late, they had sawed off the BOP.
In today’s economic scenario of unemployment and joblessness, they should have had no problem hiring a small call centers worth of people to process the ideas. They apparently didn’t. So in effect we all wasted our time and passion.
Looking into the future, I refuse to have BP come out as an industry leader after all of this. I’m hoping to rally people into focusing on how to prevent this. I’m not just talking about the Gulf here. As far as our ideas are concerned, it was basically a waste of time even submitting them. They have been and are continuing to use the precise dated methods used with the Ixtoc. The Gulf Gusher WILL be fixed. It WILL be cleaned up by both humans and nature.
The issue I’m shifting to is preventing them from becoming the premier oil spill profiteers, aka Disaster Capitalists, by using our ideas. BP is responsible for crimes against humanity and the earth far before and beyond 2010, including the overthrow of democratically elected government(s) [see: Operation Ajax]. They must be buried when this is over with.
Obviously, we need for BP to not retain closed ownership of our 100,000+ ideas. Even bigger, the idea of companies that drill for oil also standing to gain profits from the cleanup efforts are a major conflict of interest.
It all starts with public pressure on Congress. Here are their phone numbers for starters:
www.contactingthecongress.org… Perhaps direct calls to Congress from those at this juncture won’t be enough. What else can we do?
If the government doesn’t intend to build the premier oil response outfit that BP stands to then these ideas need to be made totally public for private companies that will. After finally seeing videos about Mr. Costner’s cleanup machine I know they’re out there. In fact, the ideas should have been browse-able online from the very beginning.
All of our ideas shouldn’t become the property of BP. If they belong to anyone it’s all of humanity. BP shouldn’t be allowed to patent our ideas. We all use the oil, and not just for gasoline. We all have a stake in being able to effectively deal with these issues. If government isn’t going to build the long term response force then I don’t care if someone makes money off it, as long as is isn’t BP and as long as there isn’t a conflict of interest with who is making the money and do the drilling & transporting.
At bare minimum it should all be open source. Like a Open Source Oil Cleanup Project, or something. Maybe have Congress not spend a million dollars on studies of prostitutes in China this year, and fund that instead.