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Take Iran up on their offer to help stop oil spill?

Do you think the US should except the help of Iran?


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WRAPUP 3-US says must rely on BP to stop oil;Iran offers help | Reuters

On May 3, the National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) offered it's help to "assist the US in efforts to prevent an ecological disaster caused by the spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico".

Personally, I don't see where this company has any experience stopping a leak as deep in the ocean as the one in the gulf. I see this is a win win for Iran. If they fail then they offered their support to the US in time of need. If they succeed the US will somehow owe Iran for their help.

Do we risk an ecological disaster for the sake of politics? Do you think the US should except the help of Iran?
 

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If they are actually capable of providing help, I don't see any reason why not. If they aren't and Iran is just solely looking for publicity, then no.
 

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screw politics! Get this problem solved
 
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I don't see why not. There's no downside to this.
 

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As a citizen of Louisiana, this is a very important topic for me. Down here we want this problem to be fixed as soon as possible by all means necessary. It is a little difficult for me to trust any oil company after this disaster, but we do need all the help we can get. If they are successful I don't see why we shouldn't give them something in return. Let these people help!
 

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I say sure let them help. Perhaps they have more experience in dealing with oil spills.
 

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There you go, the consensus is that this offer should be accepted.

Who knows, it is possible they could come up with a solution that works.
 

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We don't need Iran's help. The truth is that BP has had the right answer all along. What they were searching for is the cheapest way to do it. Then they go to the next cheapest method when that one fails. Then the next cheapest method. The EPA and a few other agencies already told BP that the dispersant they wanted to use, Corexit, ranked 12th out of 18 in overall terms of effectiveness and safety. Bet you every dollar in my wallet it ranked 1st in cost.

The irony is that while they're taking the cheap routes, the leak is eating up more money than they would have saved. I bet they know this now and are sincerely trying to stop the spill. Otherwise this offshore accident is a poison pill for the corporation.
 

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It is highly likely that BP do not have the slightest idea as to how to instantly stop this leak.

I think it likely that no one has an absolute solution.

If this leak had occurred on land then there would be little problem in arriving at a fix.

Instead, it is happening over 5000' deep under water.

Under these conditions it is no longer a simple matter to plug the leak.

Over the last week we have heard from Obama and some of his less intelligent appointees that we (the Government) must keep our boots on the neck of BP, Salazar then suggested that we (The Government) should push BP aside, the EPA tells BP it is ok to use a particular type of dispersant and a few days later changes it's mind and now says not to use that particular dispersant.

It seems to me that the only person not going around the airwaves screaming their heads off with nonsensical suggestions is the head of BP, Tony Hayward, I do not know if he is the best person for the job, I do know that the screamers will be unable to find anyone to replace him that might be able to do the job at all, let alone a better job than he is doing.

If all that Obama and his cohorts can do is utter imprecations against BP, it would be far better for them to keep their collective minds on the job of minimizing the effects of this pollution, instead of venting their own inability to do any sensible task.

With BP apparently at a loss as to how to swiftly deal with this situation, it would be sensible to accept any idea from anywhere.

I had already posted a while ago that the Russians had had a similar problem with oil leaking from a deep water drill site that went wrong, their solution was to bomb the seabed and the leak with an explosion designed to close the hole, evidently it worked for them.
 
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We don't need Iran's help. The truth is that BP has had the right answer all along. What they were searching for is the cheapest way to do it. Then they go to the next cheapest method when that one fails. Then the next cheapest method. The EPA and a few other agencies already told BP that the dispersant they wanted to use, Corexit, ranked 12th out of 18 in overall terms of effectiveness and safety. Bet you every dollar in my wallet it ranked 1st in cost.

The irony is that while they're taking the cheap routes, the leak is eating up more money than they would have saved. I bet they know this now and are sincerely trying to stop the spill. Otherwise this offshore accident is a poison pill for the corporation.
Exactly, its all about the bottom line, which BP tried to keep down as much as possible, only to have it bite them in the ass.
 

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No, anything they suggest should be disregarded, they are an enemy of the United States. They have zero intrest in helping us.
 

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No, anything they suggest should be disregarded, they are an enemy of the United States. They have zero intrest in helping us.
I don't think thats quite the case. If they can do something like rescue our wetlands from the oil spill, they will look great in the world view, while they chastize us for being morons. I think they the political motivation to want to help us, and possibly long-term economic motivation as well, though I'm not sure whether that is there.

In that case, I suppose you are right, they don't want to help us, they want to help themselves, but that means they would have to help us.
 

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Anybody want to explain what technology or resources Iran has that the US and BP don't have?
 

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Nope.

Not that I have any idea what their offer is, but since it involves Iran, I don't want any part of it.

Not until they clean up their act a bit, anyway.
 

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Iran has nothing to offer in regards to this spill. Taking their "help" would only slow the process down in reality, and it would give Iran a huge PR victory both internationally and domestically, which would only serve to firm up the clerics position and Ahmadinejad's vis-a-vis a more moderate establishment that seems to be growing within Iran.
 

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I'm not convinced Iran can help us. It feels too much like A-jad's trying to position himself and that doesn't ring true with me. That little troll is crazy and I wouldn't trust him as far as I can spit. Just saying......
 

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I don't believe that Iran has the first damned clue how to kill this blowout. However, I think we should take a look at their idea and if it seems at least half way plausible, then go for it.
 

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Why not, if they can help stop this I don't see a problem with it.
 
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I changed my mind, we should just ask them what they will do and then steal their idea (assuming it's practical).
 

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I changed my mind, we should just ask them what they will do and then steal their idea (assuming it's practical).
And steal the equipment and manpower that they would have provided too? That should be interesting.
 

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I'm reminded of a bit of History from the Star Trek universe where after being experiencing a long and bloody war between the Federation and Klingon Empire, a Federation vessel, the USS Enterprise, aids in the defense of a Klingon outpost against the Romulan Star Empire where in the USS Enterprise was destroyed. However as a result of the action of Enterprise crew, the Federation and Klingon Empire, once bitter enemies, enter a new period of mutual respect and friendship, at least cooperation, and in some cases an alliance.

I believe firstly that I'm completly wasted when I refered to this bit of future history and that secondly it may have no bering on this issue and that thirdly you should take it at face value.
 

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I don't know if they should help. What alternative have they offered that would lead experts to believe they have a better method? I think this will be the Titanic of oil drilling; and will set the way for action in changing future safety requirements.
 

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Brilliant political play by Iran. Puts us in a catch 22.

I suspect they wouldn't be able to do a damned thing that could really help, but they wouldn't have to succeed because they can say "Well, at least we tried".

They have nothing to lose in any scenario, and no matter what the US responds with, they gain. We say "no thanks" and we look like douchebags who didn't accept an olive branch that they offered. We say yes, we look like incompetent douchebags that had to accept help from our "worst enemies".

Brilliant move by them.
 
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I say we help our country, and earth by taking up the offer. The only thing to lose is pride, which we might have too much of. I agree with Tucker Case, its all political. BUT, this is the time where we can really learn from the other side. Iran has been known to solve these kinds of problems. They had many of these problems after Saddam Hussein attacked many of their refineries, wells, etc. in the 1980's. He even attacked an island off the Persian gulf belonging to Iran, containing underwater oil wells, which is the same problem we are trying to tackle today. Do we really need to put our faith into the 'private' sector and go with BP? Oh, btw the original name of BP was the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
BP does know what to do, and the solution is to ask Iran. That's what Kuwait did and many other countries in the Middle East. We have to understand that even though Iran's Oil sector is government owned it advanced rather quickly and blossomed the new field of Petroleum engineering. I would put my money on a country whose food, defense, and political leverage DEPENDS on oil rather than a few fat geezers sitting at the board of BP wondering what options to put on his yacht.
Some of us might see Iran has NO way of helping us, but this might be the ONLY way they ever help us with anything lol
 
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