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X PRIZE Foundation Announces $1.4 Million Challenge

Oil Spill Cleanup Contest Will Award $1 Million Grand Prize

People with oil spill ideas and suggestions should be interested to know that The X PRIZE Foundation today announced the $1.4 Million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE. [Read more...]

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XPrize May Award $10 Million Prize for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Solution

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Suggestions: Prize May be Awarded for Oil Spill Solution.

June 28, 2010 – Francis Beland, a Vice-President at theGot a fix for oil spill? It may be worth a prize, announced today that the group may offer a $10 million XPrize for a smart idea for an oil spill solution to the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. In the past the XPrize people have offered similar awards for coming up with awards for private spaceflight or ultra-efficient automobiles. [Read more...]

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Oil Spill Suggestion: We need a New Deal for the Gulf Coast

Oil Spill Suggestions: What Should the President Do?

McKay Coppins, writing in Newsweek, asked presidential historians to speculate how the past five U.S. presidents (going back to Jimmy Carter) would have handled the Gulf oil spill if they were in office. Although nobody really knows what how other presidents would have handled the disaster, it makes for an interesting discussion. We asked in an earlier post, “Will President Obama Follow the Lead of Jimmy Carter, or John F. Kennedy?” Our suggestion for the President has been to take action, and put the federal government in charge of the oil spill cleanup.

Given the scope of this catastrophe, affecting millions of U.S. citizens and businesses, this is no time for the President to rest his hopes on British Petroleum. BP has proven that (a) it can’t be believed, and (b) it is not up to the challenge. The truth is that there is only one entity that has both the incentive and the resources to meet the challenge of the Gulf oil spill, and that is the United States of America. [Read more...]

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BP Oil Spill Suggestion Box | Oil Spill Suggestion Hotline Now Open

BP Oil Spill Suggestion Box

May 31, 2010 – British Petroleum (BP) has finally opened a telephone hotline to take oil spill suggestions from the public. Whether the suggestions will be seriously considered by BP remains to be seen, but I am happy to report that I had a satisfactory experience when I checked out the Oil Spill Suggestion Hotline. When I called (281)-366-5511, the phone was actually answered by a live person (in my case, after only 2 rings) who was polite and actually seemed to be putting my information into a computer. The operator took my name, city and state of residence, zip code, telephone number, and email address. She then asked for my suggestion, and requested that I speak slowly so she could write it all down. In my case, it was easy to do because I was able to tell her that there were between 300-400 suggestions already written down here at BPOilNews.com. She asked me to repeat the web address twice, and thanked me for the information. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the way the call was handled. I’m not ready to announce that BP is going to using public suggestions, because it may all be a PR ploy, but I am willing to suggest that anyone who has a good suggestion should call the hotline in addition to posting it here. The phone number for the BP Oil Spill Suggestion Hotline is (281)-366-5511.

Oil Spill Claims Update

Update 8-31-2010. Much of the news coverage has turned to the issue of oil spill claims. For current information about oil spill claims, check out our oil spill claims posts.

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Michael J. Evans: My Proposal for Helping Clean Up the Gulf Coast Oil Spill | Federalize the Cleanup

Michael J. Evans

Michael J. Evans

Oil Spill Suggestion – Dear President Obama: please take over the oil spill cleanup, and send BP the bill.

Updated oil spill suggestion June 7, 2010: BP has paid only million to 18,000 of the 37,000 who have filed oil spill claims. About 90% of the oil spill claims have been paid to individuals, reported the Wall Street Journal. Compare this to the amount BP television ad campaign, plus an unknown amount being spent on pay-per-click Google ads.

Oil Spill Suggestion Updated June-2-2010 – B.P has been, at best, ineffective in running the Gulf oil spill cleanup, and here at BP Oil News, we’ve published over 800 oil spill suggestions. (As of June 7, 2010, we’ve published over 1,400 oil spill suggestions). We’ve had suggestions for plugging BP’s oil leak, and for reducing damage from the Gulf oil spill. Now I want to make a suggestion of my own. No, I don’t have an idea for plugging the hole. But I do think I have a common-sense suggestion for cleaning it up in a way that also minimizes economic losses to people and businesses on the Gulf Coast.

One of the first things to recognize is that BP has the financial ability, and the legal obligation, to pay the federal government a large amount of money because of this spill. Any money the federal government spends on my plan will be recovered in fines and penalties from BP.  (Calculations are explained in a paragraph at the end of this article).

When oil hits the beach, tourism takes a nosedive. The federal government should rent those vacant hotel rooms (fines and damages from BP should easily cover the cost of the rooms). Then fill those hotel rooms with volunteers and unemployed workers who are willing to travel to the beach to help in the oil spill cleanup effort. Additionally, hire fishermen and other Gulf Coast residents who are out of work due to the oil spill. The government could either rent hotel rooms and hire workers directly, or it could contract with private companies/individuals who would rent hotel rooms and supervise workers. Or, perhaps even better, let the government give the money to state and local governments, and let people like Gov. Bobby Jindal and Billy Nungesser make the decisions about how to deal with BP’s oil spill. [Read more...]

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