Can Bounty Hunters Fix the BP Spill?
Think Florida politics and the BP oil-spill drama couldn't get any weirder? Try again.
In his longshot bid to win the governor's race, a scion of Sunshine State royalty is offering a novel plan to clean up the Deepwater Horizon spill: Force BP to put a cash bounty on crude and pay an "army of private citizens" for personally catching and returning the oil in drips and drabs.
Lawton "Bud" Chiles III, the unaffiliated dark-horse candidate in question, announced his plan in an open message to President Obama:
Chiles today called on President Obama to cut through the red tape and have BP offer a "bounty" on oil, paying citizens by the gallon or pound for the tar and oil they recover on the beaches and in the Gulf. He said that a cash incentive would give thousands of citizens an opportunity and an incentive to participate in the clean-up efforts and bypass the bureaucracy the government and BP have created...
He said the current response effort amounts to "the federal government watching BP push a rope uphill. Let’s skip the red tape and the endless delays and mobilize an army of private citizens to do what BP has failed to do for weeks: Clean up this colossal disaster."
How much does Chiles think Floridians should get for their crude booty? Fifty bucks a gallon, according to this report. But it's not all fun and games, people.