• Bill Nye the Bad Fashion-Sense Guy Explains What "Top Kill" Is

    Remember back when we didn't have a constant, streaming flow of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to upend the Southwest ecosystem and cause unimaginable destruction and tragedy? No, me neither. But, it looks like we might maybe hopefully get a reminder real soon like

    Engineers have at least temporarily stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico from a gushing BP well, the federal government's top oil-spill commander, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Thursday morning.

    The "top kill" effort, launched Wednesday afternoon by industry and government engineers, had pumped enough drilling fluid to block oil and gas spewing from the well, Allen said. The pressure from the well was very low, he said, but persisting. The top kill effort is not complete, officials caution.

    That's all well and good, except, huh? They're pumping "drilling fluid" into the "well"? Slow down there, Amadeus. Can't we get someone to explain this in terms that I can explain with my stupid brain? Possibly with a pie tin full of slime?

    I was totally with him there for a minutes, and then he used the word "molecule," and he lost me.

    Tags: CNN, Energy & Oil, John King, Science & Technology


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