If You Build It, They Will Come

With tears of joy this week I read this story about Kevin Costner’s invention, which can collect polluted water, separate it and return water that is 97% clean. An invention he’s been working on since the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989, Costner’s “Ocean Therapy” is potentially the cleanest and most effective solution for the oil in the gulf that we’ve yet heard. He has spent $26 million of his own money creating and perfecting the device, and obtained a license from the Department of Energy in 1993. That kind of makes me wonder how many other great solutions are out there that we don’t know about yet?

I’m so pleased to hear Costner is on hand in Louisiana, conducting demonstrations and live testing and I’m hopeful that this thing works and is put into action very soon. He may not have enough on hand to get the entire Gulf cleaned up today, but certainly it would be worth it to manufacture about a thousand more of them, rather than continue dumping toxic chemicals on top of toxic waste in our water.