May 12th, 2010
09:42 PM ET

Seeking Solutions to the Oil Spill: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, we share some of your suggestions to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and others aren't having much luck. Maybe your idea can solve the mess. Plus, a new controversy for Arizona after the governor signs a new bill. We also take you inside the battle for Afghanistan with author and journalist Sebastian Junger. That's tonight's 'Big 360° Interview'.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Sophia Garcia

    All i can say about that shot is "Oooooooh!"...sooooo cute!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  2. Karen, MN

    OMG! What a cute shot! Good Night.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Sue R. Canton Mi.

    Good night AC360team and fellow bloggers.

    Good show this evening and as always,,I enjoy all the comments.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  4. Emily

    good night Anderson, 360Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Starr, David, Gloria, Casey, Nancy, & Bloggers!

    Very cute shot! Mom to the rescue! 🙂

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  5. Sharon Hastings

    I loved reading all the suggestions to deal with the oil spill. While I admit I am totally incompetent to offer a suggestion, there did seem to be some interesting ones offered. Just love AC360 and our live chats!!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  6. Debbie Hebner

    Kitty Litter for the Oil Spill. Mechanics use it on their floors to absorb oil spills. As we know it clumps in the litter box...but also it turns to a cement like consistency when dumped outside and it gets wet. If they could manage to slow it down then shoot Kitty Litter in the leak or use Kitty Litter to attempt to slow it down.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  7. David Perry

    A quick short term solution is what's needed before any long term solution can be achieved.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  8. thomas zosh

    it seems to be a basic mechanical problem. if the hole in the pipe is in the side, a cap w/ two threaded rods and hooks at the end can inserted into the hole and screwed in to close the leak. if the hole is at the end of the pipe holes can be drilled into the sides of the pipe for the hooks on the end of the threaded rods that would have acork at the end.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    @Starr, BP is overwhelmed by the leak, but I'd like to know what the plans are when a deepwater well blows.

    @Emily I wondered that too, how much oil is there in the well?

    Even if the leak is stopped, the spilled oil must be cleaned up.

    Why would the junk shot be golf balls or piece of rubber? They must become adhesive in oil or under pressure and heat. Some way of clamping the pipe is probably best, maybe below where the oil is pouring out. How is the second containment dome that can be protected with methanol that would melt an possible ice crystals working?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Miranda Fountain Valley CA

    How adorable with the mama bear and her cub!!!!! 🙂

    Alright peeps another great night love your opinions.

    Anderson well you know.

    Have a wonderful night everyone. 🙂


    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  11. lisal -canada

    oh i am looking forward to this clip ... don't mess with a Mad Mamma anything ...

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Patty E.

    Please stop the blame-game and just put all of your energy together to fix the oil spill! I don't know the circumference of the pipe, how about trying about a 1000 feet of aluminum dryer venting material and use the submersible to clamp off the end. The oil-tankers can collect the oil from the vent at the top. We need to save our magnificent sea creatures,...

    Patty , DeBARY, FL

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  13. angel campoverde

    As all we know now the BP doesn't have the willing and the responsability to find a way to stop the oil gush in the gulf. The goverment should step in and do something about it and passthe bill to BP later. With all the resourses the goverment has such as national guard, marines, army and so many great people in need of a job that they know what they doing it can be done is 33 days allready and we also know the BP doesn't have idea how stop the leak. please dont let this beatifull planet and country get worse

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Lou - NJ

    Oil Spill Cleanup–Seriously why are we not entertaining the Walton County proposal of using Hay? The CW Roberts presentation that is on the web is absolutely brilliant. This should be looked into. Also it can create jobs and can be converted to energy. If the earth created the oil then the earth manufactures a counterbalance to keep order. Search this out!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    I'm thinking most of the people making suggestions on the well don't know how hard it is to work at a depth of 5,000 feet. Water pressure is 20,000 pounds per square inch.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  16. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Shame on (cop) him!!!!! He lied to his boss, co-workers and his family..... I hope he will learn his own lesson!!! I don't understand why he lied his reported to his boss. What was he thinking?????? Hope will pay price for that!
    Good night Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin Dulcie and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!
    Thanks Anderson!!!!!!! HUGS!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Bryan Callahan

    Ask BP engineer's to publish all the data they currently have, pressures, volumes, pipe sizes etc., let the public then input their ideas. More detail of the well head is also needed.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Kenya

    This cop's story is sickening! >:(
    Great show tonight AC. Goodnight all.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Nancy in Oregon

    If he did it and lied for purely personal reasons, like a transfer or whatever, why didn't he at least just say it was a white man who shot him instead of inflaming already tense race relations? Boy....

    May 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think the seargent did it just for the attention. His ego wasn't big enough obviously

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  21. Scott Mansfield

    Cowards tell lies!!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  22. Karen, MN

    What a scary story about a bad cop. I guess he got the attention he was craving.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  23. Al Hunter

    BP needs a big submarine with a 16 inch T.Vale mounted to the front of the sub moving, push the val over the broken pipe then connect the T flan to a pipe to the barge.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  24. Emily

    Why is he NOT facing criminal charges?!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  25. charles north carolina

    what about designing a special gigantic locking plug to plug the leak.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  26. Eddie Schlueter

    Plug the hole with nylon bags filled with gravel. The bags should be slightly smaller than the diameter (inside) of the pipe. After leak has slowed, put bigger boulders on top of pipe to hold bags in pipe. Just a thought that might work 5000ft under the water!!! Eddie. San Jacinto, CA

    May 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  27. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I'm glad to see there are consequences for the Sargeant's claims that he was shot by "black" men.

    Why couldn't he tell the truth.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  28. Tom Wilson

    Anderson There Is A Plug We Call A Dam Where You Insert A
    Hydraulic Dam Kind Of Like A Balloon The Robot Inserts The
    Device A Ship Above Pumps Up The Pressure Closes The Leak

    May 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  29. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I like the old time rock and roll and i like the old time way's because they worked and then some college kid comes in and screws up the fun i guess maybe i should just suck it up and deal with it but i dont like it the old way's kept us free and safe .

    May 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Emily

    Why would he blame "black men"?
    Another story about a coward!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  31. lisal -canada

    i would think that the transition and adjustment period to readjust to society would be horribly difficult – it must be very very hard to react to people who act "normally" and have no idea that simple actions can cause stress.

    would be nice to be able to provide these boys an "incubation chamber" where all stress can be removed for periods of recouperation time.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  32. Cessy - Chicago

    shame on that police officer!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  33. tony chavez

    ok here it is....im a plumber by trade in california and i heard about this oil spill they cant stop....so why don't you use a modified "dollar plug". use a big hunk of rubber with a top and bottom plate of metal and one bolt going through the whole fitting with a fixed modified bolt on top that can be tightened when connected to a pipe or arm that can reach that deep...then a electronic quick disconnect fitting can be used to disconnect the arm or pipe from rubber fitting.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Emily

    It's awful whenever a police officer brings shame to the rest of the force! 🙁

    May 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  35. David in Lawton Oklahoma

    Sebastian Junger...I really want to read your book. Will get it soonest. Just heard you taking with AC. I agree. Am a VN vet...and many of us feel the same way. We had protected this little piece of land (Kornegal Valley) Cam Ranh, whereever, and now it's gone...given up...we miss it and feel it's loss. Thank you for being there...VN 1969 – Afgan2010 and bridging the gap. David, Oklahoma

    May 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  36. Tom (massachusetts)

    Ooops, I meant "insert the umbrella-shaped object as if it were "handle end in first, so that it ends up trying to turn inside out (like an umbrella on a windy day 🙂

    May 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  37. Fay-CA

    Sebastian Junger's insight and experiences with the troops in Afghanistan was very interesting to listen to–great interview.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  38. Thomas Richardson

    Why don't the oil people take down a giant canvass to the surface of the oil leak under water, mounted it around the oil leak; shaped some what like a woman's stocking. Secure it around the oil leak allowing the oil to float to the surface in a control manner, where there would be ships waiting on the surface to catch the oil. The principle idea is that it would be a flexible pipe delivering oil to the surface of the water.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Charles,Brooklyn N.Y

    Why don't they fit a sub with a rubber plug and ram it into the open pipe.With all the toy's the united state's have where afraid to loose one.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    It takes alot to be able to do the job those soldiers are able to do. It definetly takes a special type of person to do what they have to do

    May 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  41. Soledad Gomez

    Nobody should be subjected to not being able to take a shower for a month. If they can put showers in campers they can find something portable for these guys out there.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  42. Miranda Fountain Valley CA

    let me guess the cop shot himself or had a friend shoot him

    May 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Bob Schoen

    Attach a "skirt", possibly made of canvas, to the structure they already built. Take the structure to a level where the water is not cold enough for the oil to conjeal and drape the skirt over the leak area. This will funnel the oil to the structure. Only temporary, but would contain most of the flow while the new well is being drilled.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Mike in Oregon

    Hmmmm, I've heard everything from golf balls to concrete to nukes, and that's just today. Here's one from a life time mechanic..... lower an appropriate sized rubber hose over that thing and stick the other end in a tanker. You don't even need a pump. I'm sure Goodyear or Gates Rubber has it in stock. Confucius say "keep it simple...stupid"

    May 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Tom in CT

    I am disappointed in the response to the oil spill in the gulf. There doesn't seem to be the sense of urgency that there should be. The president should make this the number one priority at the moment.....stopping the flow of oil. He should order NASA and all other defense engineers to drop whatever they are doing and come up with a plan to stop the oil flow. He should ask MIT and other engineering schools to put their best minds on this issue. Clearly, BP is out of their league.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  46. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "'War' kill or be kill!" "The Cost Of Freedom!" What a way to make a living!

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  47. Jay

    Emily asked earlier how much oil there is? Scary question, isn't it? Or is it the answer that is scary?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  48. Dana Plays, Tampa FL

    How about a six foot wide sewer pipe straight down to the source, to channel the oil up to the surface? It could be put together in segments underwater.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  49. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Anderson – great interview with Sebastian unger....i am likely to buy his book because of this interview. Thanks.

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  50. Emily

    Has anyone read Sebastian's book "War"?

    May 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
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