Should the U.S. Nuke the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

Daniel Foster writes in National Review:

It was September of 1966, and gas was gushing uncontrollably from the wells in the Bukhara province of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. But the Reds, at the height of their industrial might, had a novel solution.

They drilled nearly four miles into the sand and rock of the Kyzyl Kum Desert, and lowered a 30-kiloton nuclear warhead — more than half-again as large as “Little Boy,” the crude uranium bomb dropped over Hiroshima — to the depths beneath the wellhead. With the pull of a lever, a fistful of plutonium was introduced to itself under enormous pressure, setting off the chain reaction that starts with E = MC2 and ends in Kaboom! The ensuing blast collapsed the drill channel in on itself, sealing off the well.

The Soviets repeated the trick four times between 1966 and 1979, using payloads as large as 60 kilotons to choke hydrocarbon leaks. Now, as the Obama administration stares into the abyss of the Deepwater Horizon spill, and a slicker of sweet, medium crude blankets the Gulf of Mexico, slouching its way toward American beaches and wetlands, Russia’s newspaper of record is calling on the president to consider this literal “nuclear option.”

As well he should. It’s a little less crazy than it sounds. The simple fact is that the leak has confounded all conventional efforts to quell it, forcing British Petroleum and its federal overseers to resort to a series of untested, increasingly unwieldy, and heretofore unsuccessful backup plans as the American people’s impatience and rage grow at geometric rates…

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  • emperorreagan

    Remember when Disinfo wasn't devoted to radical right-wing nonsense?

    Good times, good times…

    • tonyviner

      I have noticed that when the paradigm shifts, or seems to shift, dissenting voices tend to shift right along with it. It is not about being against a certain group that is in control, but rather about being opposed to WHICHEVER group is in control. People don't like authority, plain and simple, and as absurd and moronic as it sounds people will pull for, say, the Right, when the “left” has power, and vice-versa, simply due to the fact that it is easier to lay blame on the ones in “control”. Personally, I say “Kill them ALL.” Every single fucking one of them.

      P.S. Government, if you're listening, I am not going to do it, just making a suggestion for someone else.

  • J_m0ney

    to ensure success, we could enlist the top BP brass, and everyone else responsible, to hand detonate the nuke is a small submarine, just to make sure it was on target.. then, and only then, we could consider this option

  • GoodDoktorBad

    I'd say using a nuke is a prettyfuckinstupid idea. Where do you get this shit? Hmmmm….Radiation isn't worse than oil?
    Next, lets try surgery with explosives…..oh yeah that's called war…

  • No

    What about this is right wing? Explotions are used all the time to make roads and stop fires, if it makes sense, why not give it a shot?

  • http://rickpogany.com time for change

    Now we are taking advice from Russia? LOL Did they ever try an underwater nuclear demolition? Hmmmm…. what have they got to lose if the plate splits? Better yet what have they to gain

  • Angie774589

    angie7745879-I have done research and it is time to stop argueing who is getting the blame and who owes who money. The entire half of the east coast of this country’s life will be destroyed. Forever. The rich as usual will fare best. But for how long. What I know is the government’s evil rulers, the satanists, the Illuminiti and the Masons, who has ties to every single American president except JFK, WHO WAS KILLED, OF COURSE, and Nixon was ousted for not being in the satan based game of money and greed. I think we should all start praying and reading the bible. This volcano is the size of Mt

  • Angie774589

    angie7745879-I have done research and it is time to stop argueing who is getting the blame and who owes who money. The entire half of the east coast of this country's life will be destroyed. Forever. The rich as usual will fare best. But for how long. What I know is the government's evil rulers, the satanists, the Illuminiti and the Masons, who has ties to every single American president except JFK, WHO WAS KILLED, OF COURSE, and Nixon was ousted for not being in the satan based game of money and greed. I think we should all start praying and reading the bible. This volcano is the size of Mt