I am an intern at an Executive branch department, one of the many departments with segments involved in trying to solve the BP oil spill. Today, our department-wide summer intern email list was set up, so that all approximately 150-200 of us could email each other about events, etc. Well, within a few hours, we all received an email from a fellow intern talking about how horrible the situation is with the oil spill in the Gulf, and how, as the future leaders of our country, we needed to put our heads together to come up with a solution. The intern then proceeded to suggest that we all email the department's Gulf crisis suggestion email account with any suggestions we have, and offered to discuss ideas with anyone who wanted to. I'm pretty sure that if scientists across the government, BP, and others haven't been able to solve this problem yet, interns are not going to magically come up with the solution, even if we "put our heads together." (except for maybe plugging the spill with interns like this one...)
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