Shades of the “Farm Film Report” on SCTV…
Have you seen the latest wacky idea floated for sealing the oil spew in the Gulf? They say nah, they wouldn’t really do it, but it IS leading the NYT site at the moment:
The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?
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.
“Probably the only thing we can do is create a weapon system and send it down 18,000 feet and detonate it, hopefully encasing the oil,” Matt Simmons, a Houston energy expert and investment banker, told Bloomberg News on Friday, attributing the nuclear idea to “all the best scientists.”
Or as the CNN reporter John Roberts suggested last week, “Drill a hole, drop a nuke in and seal up the well.”
This week, with the failure of the “top kill” attempt, the buzz had grown loud enough that federal officials felt compelled to respond…
If we cain’t burn it off, ‘n’ we cain’t top kill it off, ‘n’ if the blamed SAW ain’t gettin’ ‘er done, le’s NUKE the sumbitch. Why, if the Rooskies kin do, so b’God kin we!
That’s the first time I’ve had the sense I was reading The Onion when I wasn’t since… well, since that Monday when our governor went missing.
Had you “A” beer?
Just had me another, while readin’ me a book by that John le Carre.
Just came back to the computer because I hear there’s more nastiness afoot out there in the Gossipsphere.
…And there is. Blameration is in full swing. Dum Spiro Spero, right?
The nastiness is already being reported in the broadcast media.
A nuke would work. If the hole drilled deep enough. But if you have to drill a hole that deep, you could shut off the oil through other means.
I just don’t understand why this is somehow blamed on Obama. He didn’t create or maintain the regulatory environment that allowed for more possibilities of negligence, and I don’t see where he’s failed to do anything that might mitigate.
He sure hasn’t said that anyone is doing a heckuva job.
Maybe a question to be answered is ” why the hell are we drilling that deep anyway ?”. Cause of the greenie people, that’s why. BP is in a quandry cause they dont seem to have any experience capping something so deep – This is the tragedy.
Obama hasn’t repealed the laws of geophysics. It’s all his fault.
Ha-whoa! “Greenie people” want electric cars and other energy uses that avoid petroleum entirely! Wind, solar, geothermal….and conservation….”Drill, baby, drill” was the outrageous cry of the Sarah-nistas!
Kathryn, murraywood is echoing the Sarah-nistas and the cry does blame the “green people”. Ms Palin’s new logic is that because environmentalists (ie green people) push for tougher drilling regulations onshore in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge it forces oil companies to explore deeper offshore drilling which has more risks.
I’m sorry, but Ms Palin’s one twisted sister.