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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  1. Kenya


    well yes they are trying to stop the oil, its just a mile under sea level. Which I don't think many people were aware of but I guess they don't have any type of machine that can handle that type of flow from that far beneath sea level.

    That's the problem. The should've had a possible solution at hand even before they decided to drill that far below.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Dan

    possibly 100,000 barrels a day spilling and they are using what looks like an industrial vacuum to clean it up? They are picking up drops while barrels are going into the gulf?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Eddie Moore

    This is probably an obvious question, Anderson, It shure seems as though an entity more objective than BP should be administering the funding or reparations for all those affected. Can anyone explain this?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Emily

    @Steven in Moscow (Orange Beach property owner)
    "WHY do most people so uncritically accepting the August solution date from BP?"

    I nice to see you on the Blog tonight Steven ... I don't think ANYONE is accepting anything that BP is saying...I know that AC360 would of course report what BP IS saying...Do you think that the People accept what BP is saying?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Stephen

    The original estimated flow rate that many people bought....was 1,000 barrels.
    Lets do some easy math.
    1000 x 42 gal. = 42,000 / 24 hours = 1750 gal. per hour.
    1750 / 60 min = 29 gal. per minute.
    29 / 60 sec. = .486 gal. per second flow rate.
    If I take a quart of oil in each hand and dump it on your floor, I just dumped more than the original calculation accounted for per second. Which would you rather have on your floor, two quarts, or what you see coming out in one second? How much more would you say? 10 times? 70 times, 100 times? I would say 100 sounds about right.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  6. john

    I don't get it! Sen. Markey claims BP has dragged their heels since day one – but what would be their motivation to do so? Every minute that goes by without a solution to this catastrophe is costing them dearly in PR and, ultimately, their financial survival. "Pay me now or pay me later" – but later will cost them much more. What could be their motivation to be casual and non-responsive?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    BP needs to get someone to stop that oil rupture!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Melanie

    @ Terri Are they still not giving masks? I thought that was changed.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Sarabeth - LA

    Caroline, its not BP ur gonna hurt if you don't buy gas with the name "bp" it's the people that work at the station that have basically nothing to do with what is happening. Plus, BP has many many other inputs of money, not just gas stations

    June 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  10. Mike Roy

    Hi Anderson..........I've operated my own business for over 40 years.
    Something in my heart tells me that BP is going to suck off as much money for corporate executives, promise to pay billions to settle lawsuits and then let the company go bust.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  11. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I love the Coast Guard! YaY! Save the marshes!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Melanie

    Why isn't anyone talking about the BP America head, Lamar McKay?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    @ Emily, About Anadarko and BP – It's still not clear as to what the terms between both the companies are. (I owned Anadarko stock a month after spill by the way) – But the widely known news is Anadarko has a non-partcipating contract, which entitles them to share costs if spill happens.

    In this case though if APC can prove BP was negligible and did not maintain the well per rules set forth, it will be BP who will have to pay.

    Between BP and APC there will be a dissolution, because they share other wells and I am sure APC will pay some towards escrow! It's again corporate politics at this time and damage is already done for the share holders

    June 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Terri

    How horrible this is and will be for a very long time. My son risks his life every day by working on the cleanup of the beaches. They aren't allowed masks. So all of these workers put their lives in danger and BP can't get these workers protection? Is this worth my sons life? No, but he is so concerned about what is happening as has fished in the Gulf for a long time. I wanted him to take this kind of interest in what is happening, but his health to be put at risk isn't worth it to me. Why won't they help these workers that are in 100 plus degrees, 6-7 days a week, 12 hours a day. They don't complain about the hard work or the heat.....they worry about what's the health risk down the road. I'm concerned....how can I tell him what a wonderful thing he is doing, when I can't tell him why the responsible parties don't care?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Jill

    Fyi, the sailboat race from Gulfport to Pensacola that has been going on for about 70 years was cancelled because of the oil spill.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Caroline

    We need a full fledged war on bp, Lets stop buying there gas, I see people still in line and buying gas in Florida, When is it that we are going to wake up?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Blake

    well yes they are trying to stop the oil, its just a mile under sea level. Which I don't think many people were aware of but I guess they don't have any type of machine that can handle that type of flow from that far beneath sea level.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Sarabeth

    Hi, I'm in Lousiana. Thank God the oil hasn't effected where I live yet, but I know a lot of people that this is hurting. BP needs to fix this. Now, Not in 3 years. It shouldn't even be taking them this long.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Marilyn

    Someone should remind Tony Hayward ( and perhaps President Obama) that any soldier in a war doesn't get to go home and yacht club (or golf) on the weekend during the battle.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Toni

    I wonder why the Republicans aren't as outraged about the oil spill as they were about healthcare reform. Maybe they are in bed with the oil and gas industry. What happened to a government for the people. Now is the time to step up and help the President get this solved!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  21. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, Sree, Nicole, everyone.

    A beautiful rendition of John Lennon's Imagine by Herbie Hancock and India Arie on the Telethon for the Gulf. I very much appreciate the chance to give even the small the amount I can at this point to organizations that are directly helping to deal with the spill in the gulf and it's effects.

    The question of these estimates is a bit confusing to me, but maybe Rep. Markey has a pt about BP sending up a proper warning as he said.

    Anderson, I heard in a rept by Chris Lawrence reporting now, that the animals being found are only about 10 percent of the wildlife affected by the spill.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Matt that is a good point. @ Megan BP is not helping anything. I agree!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Merl, Ohio

    Face it, these two wells that they are drilling are said to be drilled to plug the leaking well by some, and releif wells by others. What are they? Or are they releif wells, recovery wells for BPs financial loss? Or is this a way that mankind can prolong something that they could not prevent, for they did not take the time to think of prevention above profit?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. ralph

    have to say i feel like one day we will wake up and bp will have packed up and left. leaving eveyone with the mess

    June 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  25. Dan Solitare

    Why can't they just lower a giant cement block over the leak to stop it. Something about 10 feet larger then the hole on all sides, 4-5 feet thick with re-bar reinforcements.
    If you lower it on top of the well with a giant crane, it should stop or at least seriously decrease the amount of oil pouring into the gulf.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  26. Steven in Moscow (Orange Beach property owner)

    WHY do most people so uncritically accepting the August solution date from BP? Wishful thinking
    I would guess it would be October or worse!

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

    "Hayward knows it's probably all down hill for him from here, and he is taking a callous attitude to the whole situation."
    When BP started to say that Anadarko Petroleum Corp, who owns 25% of that well, should also be responsible for the clean-up, Anadarko, came out firing against BP on Friday saying that BP should be responsible for they entire amount! It's no wonder Hayward ran...I see many law suits in the future...it's already getting ugly.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Dan

    Is it possible that the massive amount of oil in the gulf has affected the water cycle? In other words how water evaporates over the ocean, and could that be partly responsible for the massive flooding in Nashville and OK the last few weeks?


    June 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point there.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  30. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    I will be interesting to see what BP thinks are "legitimate" claims~ Very interesting!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Susan

    Some of the reasons for the increase in the flow rate of the well is due to the fact that the ROV's opened up some of the choke lines on the BOP. These choke lines are now connected to the Q4000 which is recovering and flaring of gas and oil right now The other reason for some of the incresed flow is that there is erosion down hole in the well bore that is making new paths for thye oil and gas that is coming out.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Matt in Stafford, VA

    About Hayward, don't forget he left in the beginning to go to a board meeting and celebrate his birthday. This isn't the first time he conveniently forgot his promise to stay in the States.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  33. Martina

    Yes Corporations lie. They say what their attorney's tell them to. Minimize the liability, I agree Hayward does not have character. We cannot trust him and his company. They will do and say anything. 90 per cent will be captured by next week. where is this captured oil going? Are we buying this oil. All of the profits from this well should be going to the people in the gulf.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Betty Ann
    Yes! BP lied to us all way and BP is also accountable what they have done, Bp should have helped, Not help for birds, wildlife at all.......

    June 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    100,000 barrels are too much oil going into gulf, and no one is trying to stop the oil!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  36. Sonia Howell

    It takes 1M a day to run the rig. Divide that by the going cost of a barrel of oil. Then you will see the low end of the flow.BP is full of them selves.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  37. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh yes, yachting! How lovely! He should have had to Yacht in the oil spill.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  38. Sue R.,, Canton Mi.

    Good evening.

    Day 63,,more and more diaster in the gulf each day.

    Was happy to see the fundraiser for the Gulf on LKL tonight. I didn't have a lot of money to donate,,,,But I know that every $ helps. I pray that the $$ get to the wildlife and those in need as soon as possible.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  39. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    So it has become obvious that BP has no idea how to cap the oil spill. So, how long and how much damage if the oil has to just run out? OMG!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  40. Emily

    With those camera's in HD that BP has (& was not showing anyone), is anyone really surprised that this document existed?

    I think that they really should have had that given the technology available to them...

    June 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Larry

    Can you get the newspapers to show more dead and ailing plants and animals in the Gulf?

    Can you encourage the news media to publish a list of the endangered species in the Gulf?

    June 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  42. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Imagine that. BP lied.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on tonight. You did a great job with the relief effort.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  44. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

    Anderson, Hayward knows it's probably all down hill for him from here, and he is taking a callous attitude to the whole situation.

    BP's #'s changed again!! It's about 4.3 million gallons leaking into gulf everyday!

    By the way they also extracted about roughly 23000 barrels on sunday and could process about 14K barrels

    June 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Emily

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

    Big surprise about Tony Hayward!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Sonia Howell

    Hello Anderson and team

    June 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo 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, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday night!!!
    (That will be my birthday tomorrow night!!!! ) 🙂

    June 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Kenya

    Evening. Monday could not have come any time sooner! Talk to us Mr. Cooper.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Sree Nanduru, Richmond, VA

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

    Hoping for a great show tonight!

    Feels like an eternity that we haven't all met and blogged!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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