James Cameron invited to a brainstorming session on stopping the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico

Federal officials are hoping film director James Cameron can help them come up with ideas on how to stop the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

via Obama launches criminal investigation of oil leak – Salt Lake Tribune.

Wait…what??

First Kevin Costner generously donates his glorified vacuum cleaners that he’s been developing secretly since the dismal failure of Waterworld (and, by the way, why are these things — if they actually work at separating oil from water, sucking up the oil and spitting out unpolluted water — not already in existence, and why does it take an actor to come up with it and not, I don’t know, maybe the oil companies?).

Now we’re inviting James Cameron to solicit his ideas about how to stop the leak?  Sounds to me like someone is grasping at straws.  True, James Cameron has done quite a bit of underwater filming work between Titannic and Avatar, but that in no way makes him an expert at solving something that scientists and engineers have been working on for over a month.  Hey, I’ve got an idea: why don’t we develop some kind of technology that can transmute oil back into water!  That would solve the problem right there!  We could use nano-robots!  Or genetically engineer micro-organisms that eat raw oil and spit out H2O!

Actually, I’ve got a much better idea: why don’t you hire these guys — they’ve actually got equipment and ingenuity that might be able to help the situation rather than muddle it more with crazy schemes and ideas.  Nothing against Mr. Cameron, I just trust, you know, real science to science fiction.