Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Possible Solution To The Oil Leak

This may appear like a crazy idea... but it's not without precedent.

It's simple: set off a small nuke within a few hundred feet of the hole. The melted stone and collapsed rock will seal the leak. The Sovs tried it five times, and it worked four of those five times.* (Hey, the Soviets were NOT stupid when it came to technology.)

Here's a Sov-era propaganda flik that demonstrates the principle:



The New York Times hates the idea, as it's far to scawwy to think about:

Stephanie Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department, said that neither Energy Secretary Steven Chu nor anyone else was thinking about a nuclear blast under the gulf. The nuclear option was not — and never had been — on the table, federal officials said.

“It’s crazy,” one senior official said.
Give Obama another two weeks to work out the other options. However, if there ARE no other options then he has a moral duty to nuke the hole. If he does not, we will have irrefutable proof of President Obama's pusillanimity. He'd rather let the oil spew than do something lawful and demonstrably effective to save the country from the effects of BP's bad actions.

*NYT says four out of five times so we'll go with that figure.

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