Right now, it is mostly speculation, and of course, the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists are having a field day with their claim that the Obama administration is about to nuke the Gulf oil spill. As far back as 3 weeks ago there has been speculation, and also claims that Obama sent nuclear scientists to Houston to study the feasibility of using a nuke. There was also an article in the Telegraph which repeated these claims.Next, the so-called "nuclear option" is about to get a lot of attention. In this case, of course, nuclear option is not a euphemism. It's the real idea that the best way to kill this thing is to stick a small nuke in there and bury the well under rubble. Supposedly it's been done in Russia, and by the middle of the coming week, it will be all over cable news, as pundits press The White House hard on whether it's being considered and why not.
This is not a new idea. The Russians have used small nuclear weapons to plug leaks before. Their most famous use was to stop a natural gas leak that had burned out of control for more than 3 years. It worked.
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Me? I don't see a problem with it. After all, there were 27 nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, and today it is a tourist destination. Yes, there will be a problem with radiation, but that deep down, not much will come to the surface. Let me give you an analogy. When a person has cancer, he or she is given chemotherapy. That is, the person is given poison, which hopefully kills the cancer cells before doing much damage to the person. It is the same here. Sure, radiation is not a good thing, but compared to an oil leak which otherwise might be equal to many Exxon Valdez events, it is not such a bad thing in this case.
Whether or not this "nuclear option" is truly being considered by the Obama administration, I say consider it. It might not end up being the ultimate solution to the Gulf spill, but it should at least be on the table.
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