It’s funny sometimes how ideas come flitting across the ether. Yesterday, unprompted by anything, I thought, “They could use an underwater nuclear explosion to close the leaking oil pipe.” Later that day on NPR, I heard some mention of how the Soviets used nukes to stop oil leaks not once, but at least four times. Now an article on the web site True/Slant has a story on it. Linking to the Russian daily newspaper Komsomoloskaya Pravda, True/Slant tells us that almost a half-dozen oil and gas spills have been magically solved through nuking them. Though one attempt apparently didn’t work. (I’d hate to have been the one who had to survey the site to find that out.)
Nuke the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico? Yeah! What could possibly go wrong?
Well, that’s what they said when they set up the Global Explorer without the safety mechanism. Of course, if you listen to this guy, spending half a million dollars on that would have been a waste of money. And really, why invest in the future when you could save money now?
Update 3 June 2010: As you can tell if you read closely, I don’t think this is at all a good idea. In fact, today’s New York Times has an article discussing the popularization of this idea by bloggers such as myself. The Times rightfully refers to us as kibbitzers, that wonderful Yiddish word meaning folks who “look on and offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others.” (Danke, thefreedictionary.com; that’s basically what I inferred it to mean.)