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Oil Leak Drama Draws Public Outrage – Bill Nye on PBS NewsHour

By Bill Nye | Published: June 4, 2010 – 3:51 pm

7 Responses to “Oil Leak Drama Draws Public Outrage – Bill Nye on PBS NewsHour”

  1. Laura says:

    The sentiment that we should educate more scientists and engineers seems nice on the surface, but unfortunately I have to take issue with it.

    A year ago I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. One year and over 100 job applications later, I was finally offered a 3 month internship with an hourly wage. I’m lucky that I have a friend who lives in the area who is willing to let me stay with her without necessarily contributing my full fair share of the rent, because I am not earning enough to live on. In 3 months this internship will be over, and I will have to start the job search process all over again. (I am dreading this.)

    NO ONE is going to go through a grueling math/science curriculum if the reward is moving back in with your parents for a year. Part of this is probably a “temporary” problem tied in with the economic situation, but part of it is just that we have an economy that doesn’t value engineers as much as bankers and whatever else. I am an engineer at heart. I do not care about rockstar status or a nice salary or bonuses, I care about solving problems. But I can tell you I’m starting to feel a little resentful that I struggled through a tough engineering curriculum only to find that no one wants to pay me five cents to solve any problems. What was the point of my education again?

    I’m not saying it’s not a worthy goal, and I agree with the general sentiment. But unfortunately the problem is bigger than just encouraging students to major in science.

  2. Adam says:

    I have rediscovered Bill Nye just this night after 12 years since I have heard the theme song to Bill Nye the Science Guy, and it has brought back so many memories and the reason why I am taking a science degree today.

    People graduate with degrees to get a great job that pays well and to help other people. The commenter above states that this doesn’t happen all the time. There are so many different placements for engineers and scientists around the world. But this is all based upon supply and demand. Science is always a growing field, and some fields do grow faster than others which is based upon economical and social problems (Medical Improvements=Medicine, Insurance= Actuarial, etc).

    All I can say, we need more people who are educated about the world around us, and its important that knowledge is always in the community and appreciated.

    To the above commenter above, do not give up hope, and keep on trying. Look for for options overseas or try and get back to school and push onto a specialization that is needed and at the same time make contacts in the field. At least you didn’t do an Art degree!

    To Bill Nye, thank you so much for being a great role model for me. I have always remembered watching you in Canada, but moved to Australia with the love of science. I have become a science rep for my school in national programs and keep the love of science through uni. It isn’t an easy degree, but I love learning new things and that is why I am doing a science degree.

  3. Adam says:

    I have rediscovered Bill Nye just this night after 12 years since I have heard the theme song to Bill Nye the Science Guy, and it has brought back so many memories and the reason why I am taking a science degree today.

    People graduate with degrees to get a great job that pays well and to help other people. The commenter above states that this doesn\’t happen all the time. There are so many different placements for engineers and scientists around the world. But this is all based upon supply and demand. Science is always a growing field, and some fields do grow faster than others which is based upon economical and social problems (Medical Improvements=Medicine, Insurance= Actuarial, etc).

    All I can say, we need more people who are educated about the world around us, and its important that knowledge is always in the community and appreciated.

    To the above commenter above, do not give up hope, and keep on trying. Look for for options overseas or try and get back to school and push onto a specialization that is needed and at the same time make contacts in the field. At least you didn\’t do an Art degree!

    To Bill Nye, thank you so much for being a great role model for me. I have always remembered watching you in Canada, but moved to Australia with the love of science. I have become a science rep for my school in national programs and keep the love of science through uni. It isn\’t an easy degree, but I love learning new things and that is why I am doing a science degree.

  4. Brad Dougherty says:

    Did you mis-speak about the nuclear power plants causing climate change? I had always thought that they were one of the overlooked solutions for reasonable clean power. Could you explain?

    Great pun at the end Bill. Too bad nobody caught it on-the-air. :-D

  5. Dennis McGrail says:

    Hi Bill

    Why would they not try a mile long vertical pipe large enough at the base to surround the well head. this could be 10′ in dia. at the base if that would be large enough, sealed only into the soil. they could lower hundred feet at a time and send underwater divers to weld the seams as they built it. This could be stabiltized by the large ships at the surface or out riggers built into the structure. there is a very large crane available to lower even longer sections into the water. This pipe would of course become narrower in dia. as it approaches the suface to collect the oil. this may work to prevent more from leaking until those other wells are finished.

    Just wondering

    always a fan
    Dennis

  6. Dennis McGrail says:

    Hi Bill

    Why would they not try a mile long vertical pipe large enough at the base to surround the well head. this could be 10\’ in dia. at the base if that would be large enough, sealed only into the soil. they could lower hundred feet at a time and send underwater divers to weld the seams as they built it. This could be stabiltized by the large ships at the surface or out riggers built into the structure. there is a very large crane available to lower even longer sections into the water. This pipe would of course become narrower in dia. as it approaches the suface to collect the oil. this may work to prevent more from leaking until those other wells are finished.

    Just wondering

    always a fan
    Dennis

  7. Fart says:

    The sentiment that we should educate more scientists and engineers seems nice on the surface, but unfortunately I have to take issue with it.

    A year ago I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. One year and over 100 job applications later, I was finally offered a 3 month internship with an hourly wage. I’m lucky that I have a friend who lives in the area who is willing to let me stay with her without necessarily contributing my full fair share of the rent, because I am not earning enough to live on. In 3 months this internship will be over, and I will have to start the job search process all over again. (I am dreading this.)

    NO ONE is going to go through a grueling math/science curriculum if the reward is moving back in with your parents for a year. Part of this is probably a “temporary” problem tied in with the economic situation, but part of it is just that we have an economy that doesn’t value engineers as much as bankers and whatever else. I am an engineer at heart. I do not care about rockstar status or a nice salary or bonuses, I care about solving problems. But I can tell you I’m starting to feel a little resentful that I struggled through a tough engineering curriculum only to find that no one wants to pay me five cents to solve any problems. What was the point of my education again?

    I’m not saying it’s not a worthy goal, and I agree with the general sentiment. But unfortunately the problem is bigger than just encouraging students to major in science.

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