Nuking the Oil Spill?

This is a very, very bad idea. From the NY Times:

Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts to

successfully seal off runaway gas wells, inserting a bomb deep

underground and letting its fiery heat melt the surrounding rock to shut

off the flow. Why not try it here?

The idea has gained fans with each failed attempt to stem the leak and

each new setback — on Wednesday, the latest rescue effort stalled when a

wire saw being used to slice through the riser pipe got stuck.

The problems are so numerous the idea shouldn’t even be joked about:

Government and private nuclear experts agreed that using a nuclear bomb

would be not only risky technically, with unknown and possibly

disastrous consequences from radiation, but also unwise geopolitically —

it would violate arms treaties that the United States has signed and

championed over the decades and do so at a time when President

Obama
is pushing for global nuclear disarmament.

However, I’m predicting Republicans jump on board with the idea as long as it pisses off the international community. Then they could kill two birds with one stone: Help destroy the environment even more, and irritate French people.

On a side note, posting will be slow around here today – I’m in NYC on business. Back to full speed soon!

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.