Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We need a floating city

You can get ideas from anything. I need to work this one out.

On NBC Nightly News today they referred to the fleet of ships working on the Gulf Oil spill as a "floating city" or something like that. First, I thought "Stupid MSM, overusing phrases," then I thought, "wait, why not?".

Follow me here. This is now officially the worst oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (why yes, there have been others) and we know that it's effects will be felt throughout the region for at least the next decade. So why not build a city on top of it?

It would start off as a water cleaning facility. They keep talking about machines that can clean the oil out of the water if you just get the water out of the ocean and to the machine, so instead of moving the oil-water to the machine, build a large capacity machine on, or near, the site of the old Deepwater Horizon.

But we don't stop there. We add in living space for all of the workers and a small airport to get supplies in. Expand it to include permanent houses. It's far enough south that they have sunshine almost 24/7 year round so the entire thing could be solar or wind powered, and if that doesn't work out, there is a shit-ton of oil there. Add some entertainment venues, then a hotel. Put a casino in the hotel since I don't think it's in a state, which means no regulation (or sales tax).

Once the water is cleaned they can open a underwater aquarium, where you can see the wild fish wandering around. Hell, have apartments underwater. It could be the first large scale experiment in the field. Obama doesn't want to go into space? Well, the only place we know less about is under the sea.

I don't know exactly how it would be done, but it would be cool. It would make one of the worst, if not the worst, natural disaster an opportunity for a major scientific achievement.

And if we build it with 1950's decor and we can call it Rapture.
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