I am a believer in sound scientific approaches to problems. The biggest problem with the BP oil spill is that they never really expected a drill failure, so they have no tested way of dealing with it. All of the fixes being tried in the gulf right now are experimental, and in a way are a good testing ground for new approaches, but at what a terrible cost.
I don't always agree with Governor Perry on his policies, but I think the Gulf Project is a great idea. Perry has enlisted scientists, engineers, policy experts, researchers, and other state officials from NASA, Rice, Texas Tech, U of H, A&M, and other agencies to research and develop safer oil drilling techniques and to come up with a more effective response strategy to future oil spills. Oil is a big industry in Texas and Perry is right on target to protect the industry in this proactive approach.