Can Meditation Help Fix the Gulf Oil Spill?

May 5 2010, 10:04 AM

Days into the massive oil rig leak spilling into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, support seems to be waning for President Barack Obama's plans to allow offshore drilling. The latest opponent is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, who says he no longer believes the oil industry's assurances that drilling is safe. Schwarzenegger is yanking approval of an offshore drilling project along his coastline, according to NPR. Tim Wirth, Colorado's former Democratic U.S. senator who now heads the United Nations Foundation, thinks the Schwarzenegger effect will ripple. "I think that there will be a number of coastal people who were previously supporting the bill who will want provisions related to aggressive drilling taken out of the bill," Wirth says. Meanwhile, oil from the April 20 spill continues to gush from a well about a mile under the gulf, challenging a small army of experts armed with high-tech robotic submarines. Their struggle has led Carl Fuermann, a staff member in the University of Colorado-Boulder's Registrar Office, to call on people around the world to try to help solve things through meditation, according to the Daily Camera. In his mind, Fuermann pictures the safety valve that could stop the flow of oil---the blowout preventer---which failed to employ after the rig exploded and sunk into the sea. Fuermann says his own life experiences, including participation in a global movement, a mind-over-matter group called the Intention Experiment, have led him to his effort. "I'm very known for fixing things and making things work," Fuermann says, adding that he believes his meditation helped fix a friend's Flip video camera. "I visualize things working and hold the belief that they actually work."