June 21st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Robert Redford Weighs In On Gulf Disaster: Join the Live Chat

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Actor Robert Redford is speaking out about the Gulf oil disaster. He says it was perhaps necessary to "wake us up" and get us to force the "politicians in the government that are in collusion with the energy companies" to move America towards a clean energy future. Redford talks with Anderson for tonight's "Big 360° interview." Plus, we give you an up close look at the efforts to save the animals impacted by this disaster.

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soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Melanie

    @Darrin Couldn't agree more.

    June 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    Yes doubly nice to see those Pelicans on the wing after being rescued and released. And the turtles do look much better after being cleaned. Great rept by Rob Marciano.

    @Emily I wonder how much oil is in the well too.

    That flooding in Brazil looks nighmarish.

    Good night everyone.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Kamerin, Hendersonville NC

    @Martina... I feel the exact same way about what you just said. BP has and will always be greedy. Insted of being money-hungry losers they need to come up with some money to give back to the citizens and tecnology to plug the hole (which is still gushing). How much can be left down there anyway?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Charles: Mesa, Az

    Thank you CNN, and Mr. Cooper, for showing us the sea turtles and Pelicans. It's good to see them looking healthy and clean. I do expect BP to eventually release the pictures (If there are any) , of the dead and suffering creatures. I need to know what they went through, I don't want their suffering to be forgotten, because I do not want to see this happen to my world again. Never Again !

    June 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Joe, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!! 🙂
    Thanks for coming in, for join us tonight! 🙂

    Have a great night & good sleep at home after work!!!
    See you tomorrow night!!! Just a plenty sleep at home!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Goodnight AC360 Team and fellow bloggers

    Again Thank You Anderson for your outstanding report on the disaster in the Gulf.
    Stay safe everyone.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360 Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Nicole, David, Megan, Nancy, Sree, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    Have a great Birthday tomorrow Megan! 🙂

    June 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Soledad Gomez

    Good night everyone.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  9. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Thank you for your persistance Anderson. Hang in there and don't give up! You are GREATLY appreciated!
    Goodnight bloggers and friends!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Take care!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Good night Anderson, AC360 Team, Megan, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Sue, David, Nicole, Gloria, Heather, Di, Samantha and other bloggers!

    Great show tonight!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. Soledad Gomez

    Good more money for Michael's kids.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Emily

    Great that Times Square Bomb suspect pleaded guilt

    June 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Dick Boera

    A question not being raised by anyone in connection with the moratorium: Is BP now additionally liable for loss of revenues by people and companies during this six-month period???

    June 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Good night Anderson and Rob, and bloggers Emily, Sree, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, and Mike.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  16. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Randi Kaye~ Good news brief! Thanks!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  17. Elle

    AC... good job tonight. Appreciate the coverage, the perspective, the tenacity. There can't be too much of it. Please persevere.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  18. Emily

    Wow, awful floods in Brazil!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  19. Darrin

    We are not looking at the deficiencies of our regulators (the federal govt) for not doing their job. The feds do not regulate anymore and there seems to be no consequences for the director in charge of the inspections of the rig. Our FED gov't is owned by these large corporations. Wake up America!!! This same corporate culture, BP has, is the same culture our Fed Gov't is following. What will happen next??

    June 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  20. Aleta Pahl

    What I love is when I have a film hero like Robert Redford and Kevin Costner become true life heroes in this environmental devastation. These guys are the Best and I love them both! Why is it our government cannot get the best and the brightest to lead our way to a better future?

    I do really like Congressman Ed Markey for all he has done in his research and Congressional hearings. I wish he were President some times. He is a good man.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  21. David, Indiana

    @Emily Yes I enjoyed it quite a bit, I thought the telethon overall was an elevated moment, a bright spot.

    Robert Redford is asking a good question, why didn't we see the possibility of this in advance? I don't know if it was collusion though or more laxness in regulating drilling.

    If they can keep the suspension of drilling to six months, then there is a chance to limit the impact to employment and the economy. Holding up on drilling is a rational step though given that the well is like a rocket blasting oil into the water. It's taken fully two months just to get a handle on controlling the flow coming out of the well.

    @Blake, Actually the BOP was supposed to control the flow of oil from the well but maybe was not properly maintained.

    Shane Guidry's comment about human error sticking to a drilling plan is to the point but we are dealing with extraordinary amounts of pressure at depth. Does he think he and his company can manage a six month hiatus?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "You would have thought the government would have demanded that before they allowed them to drill in our waters."

    Clearly, many were asleep at the switch, including MMS, etc.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Kim

    Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) is a standard practice conducted by Risk Mitigation teams in almost all large multinational companies. Companies that wish to continue or begin drilling off-shore should be required to provide their detailed DRP to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for review/approval. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or a global governing body should have the right to mandate specific measures (process/systems/audits) be taken to protect lives, livelihoods and the natural resources that belong to all citizens.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  24. Denise

    I am curious, what percentage of wildlife caught/saved has been released? The media show all these wonderful people picking up the wildlife, but I am concerned that the stress and illness are too much for them.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  25. Di Berube

    Thank you Anderson Cooper, for keeping them honest, no one else covers the news the way you do. Have yourself a wonderful night. Bon nuit and many sweet dreams.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  26. Martina

    BP was greedy, this is the end result of greed. The shareholders pushed for more dividends and BP board of directors had a plan to give the shareholders what they wanted, more money.
    I hope they are satisfied.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Jan Douglas, " The GOVERNMENT ALLOWED BP to operate without all the checks and balances"

    Not only that, BP was given an "exclusion" by our government in April 2009 from the NEPA (environmental impact study) even with their terrible safety record. Someone should look into that.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  28. Sonia Howell

    @ Melanie, thanks. I have had the responsability of deligating work for an empty hand.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Mark

    All of the hearings and tough talk we see on TV from our politicians is seemingly all for show. Since I have not seen an decisions that have been made to resolve this disaster that affects our back yard and our way of life for decades to come. Yet money and countless lives are so easily committed to the Iraq war without a second thought.
    Will BP be around to compensate our children that will be affected by this oil spill for the better part of their lifetime? nope!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  30. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    I hope these birds are monitored and don't end up down the road in another oiled area. it's so sad to see what there going through.

    Mr Hayward,,, If you found time in your precious life to read any of the comments here,,I hope you got the message why it angers and disgusts so many people watching you over the week-end sailing in the clean waters that so many people in the Gulf won't see for years to come.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  31. Emily

    "The CEO of APC could have addressed the shareholders and all other parties involved before the share's tanked and lost 4.5 billion in value! He did not have to do it last week or wait until after the hearings of BP and other oil companies."

    I noticed that APC and the other 10% owner, (name escapes me), have tried their best to stay out of the media....oh, yeah, did the stock tank!
    That's awful for you & the holders...
    When it comes to a Court, "legally", is all that matters!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Kevin

    Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA,
    I think APC is right and has a much better CEO than BP. If you didn't have any say so in the well, then why should APC have to pay anything? Connect the dots.....They didn't do anything wrong.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  33. Kenya

    Good night everyone. Mr. Cooper, enjoyed the program. And btw I loved the interview with Terence Blanchard on Friday. Giving props to N'awlins 😉

    June 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    And we did all this because we humans are at the top of the food chain!

    I guess we should be happy that we are on the top and we dont have some one else above us in the chain!

    But at the same time, I guess, shame on us for doing all this damage to the nature!

    CNN crews in Gulf of Mexico! How long has it been that you guys have had a good night's sleep?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  35. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh I love the sea turtles. They have such a difficult time without an oil spill. Grand Cayman has been raising them for years to try to repopulate the species. Now this oil.
    Thank God there is help for some of the endangered species suffering.
    Loggerheads are so cool! Save the turtles and man's best ocean friend, dolphins.
    What will happen when the turtles lay eggs in the oil covered beaches? Will they survive?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yay!!! Birds released quick! So cute my favorite mammals turtles.......... I love this!!! 🙂

    June 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Di Berube

    How do you enforce anything when the only people who appear to have any idea about these rigs, are oil company employees?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Kamerin, Hendersonville NC

    The head officer of BP is giving nothing but the people oh excuse me the citizens of Louisiana the run-around on how they are gonna give them their money back. To be honest with you i think they really don't give a rat's hat about anything towards the spill. Do they not see how the citizens and wildlife are being effected? It deeply angers me to see this everyday.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  39. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    I have several friends from Gulfport! Great people. That community has been hit time and time again...

    June 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  40. Melanie

    I blame the government, past & present. Does blame get this mess cleaned up? Does it get this leak stopped?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Dennis

    If the president had accepted Dutch and Belgium offers of skim boats, how much less oil would we have on our shores? Is it possible there wouldn't be any? An intelligent answer would be appreciated, no movie stars please.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  42. Sonia Howell

    Seems to me that the Gulf is full of rescue elements, there is no room for exploration, nor drilling untill this is stopped. We need all the rescue room accessable, There are food shipments having to pass also. Food and clean-up and stopping the oil is a main priority in the Gulf. Alot of people are loosing their jobs or laid off, that is the reality we live in these day's. But we need have time to think things through deepley. That was a nice shot of the Pelican! Way to go!!!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  43. Matt in Stafford, VA

    Great report Rob!

    That bird you released gave you a look that said, "I was promised Anderson Cooper! Who are you???"

    And those turtles are too cute...

    June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  44. Emily

    Aww...look at the turtles! 🙁

    June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Nice to see some of the birds released, but according to the IBRRC:

    Day 63: Gulf oiled bird numbers: 724 captured alive, 924 collected dead

    June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  46. chris Abell

    i think that it is crap that they have not fixed the problem and have not yet sent everything and everyone they have to fix the problem. save the animals and wet lands. save the family's that have nothing. i think that BP should supply us with oil for the next 20 years for free because they are not going to be able to pay for the whole mess they have made!!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
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