'Titanic' Director Cameron: 'Morons' Directing Spill Efforts

Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 08:14 PM

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"Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron says the effort to stop the geyser of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is being directed by “morons.”

He told an audience Wednesday at a tech conference that he has several times offered the assistance of his private team of deep-sea experts who have worked on many underwater films and exploration efforts. He’s been rebuffed by BP, according to The Washington Post.

"Over the last few weeks I've watched, as we all have, with growing horror and heartache, watching what's happening in the Gulf and thinking those morons don't know what they're doing," Cameron said at the D: All Things Digital conference sponsored by The Wall Street Journal near Los Angeles.

"Wait a minute, I know a lot of smart people in deep submergence," Cameron said he thought as the Gulf crisis deepened. "Why don't I just get all these people that I know together for a brainstorming session?"

Cameron told the audience that on Tuesday he had gathered 23 people -- a "who's who" of the deep sea robotics community -- together through the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, though no one from the EPA attended the meeting at the agency's headquarters.

Cameron said he has not been in touch with anyone from the White House, and that earlier proffers of assistance he had made to BP were rebuffed.

"They could not have been more gracious but they basically said, 'We've got this,'" he said.

Cameron said one reason he hoped his offer of access to private film-equipped deep-water vehicles would be taken up was to more accurately convey what was happening under water.

"The government really needs to have its own independent ability to go down there and image the site, survey the site and do its own investigation and monitor it," Cameron said. "Because if you're not monitoring it independently, you're asking the perpetrator to give you the video of the crime scene."

Read the entire story at The Washington Post.

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