Cool solution to clean up oil disaster

At first it seems far fetched, but it actually could work!

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+54 1. ICdevil commented 11 years ago

as simple as that!! nice!!! now go save the poor fishes quick!!
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+31 2. master_shake commented 11 years ago

Gonna need a lot of hay, but looks to be a better solution than just the skimmers they have been using.
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+22 3. prankphonecall commented 11 years ago

Good idea, but what are the cow's gonna eat?
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+17 4. rags94life commented 11 years ago

3:48 "it can't screw up" hahaha :D
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+17 5. Rodarius commented 11 years ago

damn...that's... simple....
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+6 6. Kulgash commented 11 years ago

Scale this up a couple millions times or so ... Could work if hay doesn't sink once filled with salt water and oil
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-5 7. Zethriel commented 11 years ago

If only they could make kitty litter float...
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+3 8. Gringo_el_Diablo commented 11 years ago

To bad they don't want a good disaster to go to waste....
it's easier to fix then what they want you to believe....
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+28 9. MakeTnotWar commented 11 years ago

They put 2cl of oil into the water and need a quarter pound of hay to get it out. So far there is more than 100.000.000 litres of oil in the gulf of mexico. You'd need 62.500 tons of hay to get it out of there.
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+1 10. firest4rter commented 11 years ago

what i was thinking the whole way through is if its so clean, go on drink some >:)
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+5 11. stepanstas commented 11 years ago

At high level nobody thinks of these simple solutions. They would never try this. Wouldn't be surprised if some group said your wasting hay.

While this is a good idea, if they don't stop the oil your going to need endless hay. They should just start pumping the top layer of the water out.
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+8 12. laughingscorpion commented 11 years ago

Now oyster mushrooms can eat the oil from the hay.
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+2 13. gcleffff commented 11 years ago

if disaster goes to pacific, the problem it will have is they will need a very huge skimmer hahahha
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+4 14. kekke2000 commented 11 years ago

Giddit! 5:50
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-4 15. zerorain commented 11 years ago

those guys know that its crude oil right? so theres all kinds of shit in there. not just vegetable oil...
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+6 16. Oddi commented 11 years ago

Whats in the menu today chef?
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+1 17. irishgek commented 11 years ago

#1 oil floats on water i dont think the fishes give that much of a shit but the birds and seals and animals that have to swim threw it are the ones who care

And #9 2cl wow your eyes are good but i looked back and ya your right 65ktons of hay would be a even worse disaster to clean up
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+3 18. andyjk10 commented 11 years ago

hhmmmm. now that is an amazing pice of knowledge!! good work
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-4 19. Diarmaid commented 11 years ago

Am I the only person here that thinks this idea is retarded?!
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+6 20. TarasFromLviv commented 11 years ago

I think I'm not the only one who thinks that you are retarded...
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+1 21. lego commented 11 years ago

so... grab some grass and make a drink yourself...?!?!
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+3 22. mvanveen81 commented 11 years ago

Amazing, so simple. Thumbs up!
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+6 23. coldboy commented 11 years ago

The first brilliant hillbilly solution.
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+2 24. Kronephon commented 11 years ago

@gcleffff : the pacific?

The problem seems to be hay infested with oil is also problematic not really sure how you're gonna clean it up
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0 25. Tarc commented 11 years ago

Except these two simple men (excuse me) don't realize the volume of oil involved in an oil disaster.
I am sure one could find many more materials that soaks oil, still only useful if you got a bowl of water contaminated with oil
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+1 26. eNdEmiOn06463 commented 11 years ago

Could work, the numbers aren't that unbelievable. But you should know that oil doesn't keep floating, after a while it starts sinking to the bottom of the sea.
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+3 27. Thanny commented 11 years ago

While 62,500 tons of hay might seem like a lot, Louisiana by itself produced 1.1 million tons of hay in 2009.

That's less than one percent of the national total (146 million tons in 2008).

So, supplying that much hay is not a problem. Collecting it would be more difficult, but I expect it's a whole lot easier to search for and collect oily hay on the surface than oil itself. As stated in the video, collecting it from beaches is a lot easier than collecting the oil itself.

The only concern I have about this method is that the floating hay may attract marine animals, which would otherwise have stayed away from the oil.
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+3 28. nofreeusername commented 11 years ago

#(removed comment), you don't get patents for throwing hay in water
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0 29. WildMonkey commented 11 years ago

OMFG why do people take this seriously? Are you fucking kidding me? Yes, let's go get millions of tons of hay dump it in the ocean, stir it up (don't ask me how) and then pick it up. Brilliant. Who says Americans aren't ingenious?!
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-2 30. Usdevildoggmc commented 11 years ago

Hey at least someone is sitting around thinking of a groundbreaking solution for the planet O:)

Who would have thought it would be a couple farmers in overalls :D (And not in lab coats)

What their point is it will be way easy to clean up the hay because since it floats... it's going to eventually end up on shore! = cleaning up would be easy... If they can filter out more than 90% of the oil this way because it attaches itself to the hay naturally then they have a really good idea...

This is the best idea I have seen since NANOBOTS when it comes to these kinds of problems.. but unfortunately we are a couple decades away from our species perfecting NANOBOTS :( I can't wait....

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0 31. Oxydous commented 11 years ago

#9 come to think of it... yeah you are right... The US has some trillion debts but who gives a f$%K about the sea... lets not waste our money on hay... pay it to BP.. they will eventually do some(no)thing about it...
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0 32. joeman commented 11 years ago

#29 No one said millions of tons...
And, there's constant movement out in the Gulf.
(been seasick 6 of the last 8 times I've been out.) :O
#(removed comment) BRAVO. :D :D
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0 33. memoi2001 commented 11 years ago

Hay.. just so simple.. does anyone really think two hillbillys would be the first people ever to think of it?

been tried, exon valdes, erica..

expensive, inefficient and overall more damaging than controlled burns..

google guys.. help not looking like an idiot in front of the whole world..