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BP needs to listen to the solutions of the people

Here at WLOX we've had a number of individuals come forward with ideas they think may help in the clean up of the massive BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, British Petroleum, says it has received thousands of ideas from individuals on how to stop the leak and cleanup it up.

But here's the problem, the folks we have talked with and many others we have seen on national television are frustrated because BP is not responding to their ideas. In fact, actor Kevin Costner, who invested millions of his own money in a device to cleanup oil, told a congressional committee this week there is just too much red tape.

Surely our American spirit of innovation can help come up with more effective tools than booms and dispersants. We need something like a 1940 Manhattan project where American scientists worked to produce a nuclear weapon. Gather the best brains in the country and let them come up with ways to capture this oil.

Our country had a chance to come up with better ways to cleanup oil spills following the Exxon Valdez. To our knowledge it never happened.

President Obama will visit the coast this week and one of the questions we want him to answer is what can he do to cut the red tape so many of these ideas coming from individuals or companies can at least be considered in cleaning up the mess in the Gulf.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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