Bill Nye the Science Guy Explains How the ‘Top Kill’ Is Working


We don’t know for sure if it’s worked completely yet, and already the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the worst in United States history, bigger than even the legendary 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, but at last we can get some clarity on the “top kill” strategy from a universally trusted source. Bill Nye the Science Guy, beloved children’s television host and CNN analyst, last night explained on John King, USA exactly what the maneuver is and how it works. As usual, his demonstration of the tactic — which will stop 504,000 gallons of oil a day from shooting out of the earth 5,000 feet underwater — involves cornstarch.