May 28th, 2010
09:44 PM ET

Oil Cleanup Sham?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight a Louisiana politician accuses BP of shipping in cleanup workers for Pres.  Obama's visit and then letting them leave right after he did. We're keeping them honest.  Plus, the death of child actor star Gary Coleman and more.

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  1. Libby

    Dale, freezing BP's assets would be nice.. but on Rachel Maddow earlier tonight, she said their financial headquarters is based in Switzerland. Gee.. I wonder why!

    The U.S. Supreme Court just recently ruled that oil companies only have to pay out $75 million in damages after oil spills. Some members of Congress tried to change that, but two Senators blocked them from going forward! >:-(

    May 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, Hi nice to see you. Missed you on this blog. Happy Friday.

    Those tar balls are filled with oil inside, it was good of Ed Henry to include them in his report.

    @Starr, well I have to admit that I thought about your pt on the blog last night when I heard David Mattingly ask that question during the press conference this afternoon.

    Good to see Billy Nungesser feeling like he's getting some action from the federal govt. It would be a travesty if those marshes were neglected in the clean up it would be devastating to those wetland as the waves would drive the oil into the tributaries in the marshes and throughout the marsh. Given what I've learned about those wetlands being a nursery for gulf fisheries it is completely understandable that the fishermen who make their livelihood in the gulf are worried. But it does sound like the President connected better today with those worries.

    Hell yes they want plug the well. James Carville is right about that.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Brianna

    That was great! Call the white house before anderson cooper! That is why I love this program! Because you are not afraid to get the truth out there! Way to go!
    Brianna- New Mexico

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Samantha Rowley

    I think James is expressing all our anger. Who cares what the White House thinks about James' comments. They ought to listen to him instead of quieting him down. He's right...zero workers tripled is still ZERO!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Sanjay Srivastava

    Maybe this is naive because I don't understand the science that well.

    But assuming that the oil that's surfacing is still usable, why not let private people/ companies who want to soak up that oil from the surface or underwater and then sell it to refineries. That should be a good enough incentive and will speed up the cleanup efforts.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Nicole

    Hey Anderson, the BP reps wont come on AC360 because they are affraid of You... "Keeping them Honest". I hope you stay on them, because the have a whole lot of explaining to do!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Heath

    President Obama should have confiscated Tony Hayward's passport, so he can't leave the country. Then as soon as the leak is stopped, he can be arrested for BP's gross negligence and coverups during this environmental crisis.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Boycotting bp gas stations is only going to hurt the little guy who owns the franchise.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  9. robin

    The president is busy cleaning up every one elses(past Presidents) messes from YEARS ago........ he is 1 man he is tring his best... why are u blaming the president for this when bp is the sole responsibility people... Yes i agree they should be fined greatly on a daily basis. Lets stop buying bp gas. and if u get vacation time take a trip and voulenteer to help clean it up... it is all OUR responsibility we allowed it as a nation to be there soooooo look to your own back yards . I am and thats what i am going to do!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Joe

    It looks like another house of cards is about to collapse.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. Diane Berube Canada

    If they stop fishing in the gulf; that is going to put a lot pressure on other fishing areas.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Mark Ernest Scherer

    in this current photo shot I just love the way BP reverses propellers to HIDE the 21" volcanic oil spewing pipe.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  13. lisal -canada

    many 'large' companies rely heavily on contractors (terms can be customized per contract or term or person/subcompany)

    i wonder if these 'workers' were employees or contractors – for that matter, i wonder what percentage of bp 'staff' are actually employees, and how many are just services contracted out to the lowest bidder?

    wouldn't it be funny if BIlly was right when he said that BP couldn't multi-task, and the same guy is doing just about everything because there really aren't any employees??? ROFL!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Paul

    looks like and it's sad, but gulf is done, done for sure, they're not gone stop that leak on sunday, it will go down, couple more days... by then, they will relize that they have to put another BOP on top of this one, and this is what was never done before at that see level. or cut the existing one out, and install another one. yes, it was done before at Lodgepole , 1982, 13-12-48-12W5 on the land not in the sea.

    sad, but it will may be convice all americans, to stop running their engines, on the parking lots, and wasting fuel, from left to right. burn fuel, like if was no tomorrow. . but that's just maybe, perhaps, that wil be a turning point. I hope that it will.

    good luck , and best of luck to those people that work on the problem... and to all of the people that try to stop the oil spil

    May 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Blanche Jackson

    Mike from Syracuse,

    The president is acting responsible, I read all these negative comments, I hear the bad things said about my former boss and it makes me angry. Just imagine if people was this fired up about the last President, like they are about this one. You think maybe we all would be better off.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Loren from New Orleans

    Thank you Andy for coming to our rescue again.I can't believe President Obama wants Plaquemine's Parish President to call him before he calls 360!!! Way to go!!!! we love you and need you. Thank you .

    May 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Dave Popham

    let's not be hypocrites. i'm pretty sure anderson got to the coast the same way obama did. boat, tarin plane. maybe you drove. and that bald awipe, please, how much do you pay him to say what you want.

    we all drive. the fisherman effected use boats. the tourism industry uses the same energy that we all do.

    we learn, we safegaurd, we move on. or, we ride bikes.

    i am so sick of everyone that uses oil (and that's all of us) appalled by this disaster.

    get behind BP and the US of America or ride a bike to work and the grocery store.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Lisa (St. Bernard, Louisiana)

    Please talk to the fishermen and not the ones working on the docks!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Shawn Des Jardins

    Anderson, I would like to give kudos to the president me (the) parish. He has been there day in and day out. He has always had options. He is the man of the hour.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  20. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That oil has to be stop!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  21. trina D

    boycott BP! Join on FB and no purchases from BP including gasoline. When they start to act honestly and responsibly, when the leak is stopped, whn the oil is gone, the boycott will stop.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  22. mickey

    well i thought that it was a little funny that BP let all them workers
    go home ,so they will have along weekend holiday. what does bp
    stand for BULL ****. they are all the same (the oil companys ) are
    after the big dollar and to watch their bottom line. anderson cooper
    you better tell the president and make sure he knows that BP let all
    of them workers go home after he left. today.

    thank you rms

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  23. Nicole The Netherlands

    Hi Nicole, I didn't lose any respect for James Carville this week, he is a man with his whole heart of soul in Louisiana! I love him for it!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  24. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @ oAnn, N. Royalton.

    You are right, talk IS cheap...action always tells the truth of intent.

    What is the status of the top kill? Did it stop, is it still going without a camera? Anyone know, did i miss the report on status?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  25. S Hammer

    Nice that you lead off tonight with a story about vanishing volunteers, and not the progress of the "top kill". I would appreciate a little less sensationallism and a couple minutes of what is actually happening without the political spin, as the folks that tune in to your program for unbiased reporting expect. I had to go online to get an update..................

    I pray for the families that lost honest men working on the platform, and thank God for the soldiers who sacrificed that I may have the privilage to post this

    May 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Mary

    I never thought I would agree with James Carville. Now he is passionate about this mess

    May 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  27. Vickie

    What do people want Obama to do? If Billy is satisfied with Obama's effort today, then so am I. He would certainly know better than any of us "back seat drivers" watching on TV!!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  28. Tamara

    I don't know about everyone else, but today's visit made the President look worse in my eyes. It was as if he was patting the citizens on the head and moving on to his weekend plans.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  29. NOLAcowgirl

    So now Billy Nungesser has a number to call the President before he calls 360. Sounds like someone in the administration is finally paying attention to what Andserson Cooper and James Carville are saying on CNN. Score one for the good guys!!! (And please don't stop covering the REAL story on this!)

    May 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  30. Melissa

    I stand with the locals in wanting to get the job done NOW! No way in hell would I RELY on Big Oil to "clean up" their mess....just look at history, it's repeating itself....Shame on you BP! Shame on you!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Mike A.

    I heard that this has cost BP about 7 days worth of profits. People, please. When will you hold these capitalists responsible? Why aren't these criminals being tried for a crime, or at the least made to pay for this? BP put pressure on the US to not have to be required to have special safety values, which every other country has to have. Well, let's hold BP responsible. Let's put pressure on our President to make BP pay for this disaster. Unless of course, people still think that deregulation is the way to go. Then in that case, hey, Obama should really just ignore this problem. I mean, come on, like Reagan said, "Let's keep government off our backs."

    May 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Matt G.

    Is there any history of this any where else in the world? If so then why don't we just try what they did?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  33. Lisa

    I agree with Diane Canada I think I am watching the same footage over and over The flow is the same.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  34. Anne C Thomas

    The only thing that will make them honest, is constantly being caufgt in a lie. Thank God for CNN and Anderson!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Sonia

    Anderson, thanks for being there and having Mr. Douglass Brinkley tonight. Douglas speaks from the heart in concern over this situation, Too bad he isn't in control of our country, We wouldn't be in this shape. I fell as if this sham of a photo opt that was conctructed by BP would not fly with Douglas. I feel that the government will stil move slowely. The people in the comunties will still need to do what they can for now and complain along the way and make a movement that will stand within our countries laws to regain what is ours. Mother Nature Needs all hands on deck that can help in a local cornated effort. Supplies needs to be sent to the ones willing to help our resources and the lives of many that has been lost. Obama is still not so kein in my eyes, He is not wise enough to realize foreseable dangers. Thanks for all the education that your show brings to people

    May 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Chris,Alabama

    Who is paying for all the gas for the boats that are helping with the cleanup?I thought BP said they would pay for the cleanup.I hope no one is buying gas for their boats from BP stations because then it's us paying them.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Stephanie

    It's sad that Americans, politicians and the media is making this about politics and division instead of coming together and working this out.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Dave Y

    Congratulations, Anderson for helping give a voice toe the grassroots people of the coast and getting out to see the problems first hand! This is the kind of transparency and invovlement that the internet age provides us. Maybe more citizens can see that you can watch the politicians and hold them accountable. Sunlight is the best disinfectant! We can all benefit by watching quality news coverage which challenges the big money!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Gallager, a pretty far fetched theory.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Michelle in Indiana

    Oops, I mean Billy/Carver run for President!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. Martina

    Safety first unless there is a job to be done!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Greg

    This all makes me sick. If BP won't step up, why isn't the US Navy and more coast guard boats being used to stop the never ending flow of oil? The other thing that gets me, if we are so highly developed as a country, why don't we have a firm and fast plan of action for these things? We all know this is the only oil rigg in the Gulf...

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Dale Meech

    Has anyone thought of freezing BP's assets until they make good?

    May 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Betty

    Thank you for reporting on the miserable level of clean up for the oil spill. What has not received enough attention is that the clean up should have begun before the oil reached the shore. If this horrendous disaster had occurred off the coast of Virginia or Massachusetts there would be a massive clean up effort in place instantly.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Jamwao, some people stay awake for AC360... in Europe!
    AC360 really is an addictive good news show!

    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  46. mike racek

    we are spending millions of dollars extending unemployment benefits,I believe president Obama will cut this number dramaticly by forcing BP oil to hire unemployed americans ,long term employment with benefits, to clean the beaches and wildlife untill all traces of oil is gone.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  47. beth mincey

    i am so proud of you for how you have covered this oil spill. You have been holding the light of truth and others are now following. You put your job as a journalist ahead of party or people. I am a die-hard Fox News follower and I am more proud of you then any of Fox News reporters. God Bless you, keep your ""boot on those necks""
    Beth from Ft. Meade, FL

    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  48. Scott

    Had to laugh, AC360 must be the presidents favorite show. Billy Nungesser you go..I guess you got the presidents attention. Great reporting, you are the best Anderson

    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  49. jacqueline, NY

    The White House should consult Aramco or some company like that.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  50. Diane Berube Canada

    Or take responsibility and then take immediate actions.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
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