Somewhere Clint Eastwood Is Smiling

by wjw on May 15, 2010

With the environment under threat, and the so-called “experts” failing to come up with a solution, the President makes a wild call, and a rag-tag band of mavericks steps up to the plate and jury-rigs a solution that saves the day . . .

No, this isn’t the movie Armageddon. This is real life. With BP unable to stop its gusher on the floor of the Gulf, Obama has now called in his own team.

I note that two of the team have experience in nuclear weapons. This suggests that an atomic explosion may be employed to seal the leak. (Well, it worked for the Russians. Most of the time.)

If this works, it’ll make a dandy movie. I see Bruce Willis as Garvin.

Hucbald May 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Hmmmm. Why none of the Texas oil-fire fighters? I know it's not a fire, but those Red Adair and Boots and Coots guys can cap anything, anywhere, under any circumstances. Perhaps they all vote Republican?

Mikee May 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

You mistake Obama's acts for action. He is looking to blame BP and Halliburton and TransOcean for the leak, and increase government control of energy production, not solve a problem.

Never let a crisis go to waste!

Joan of Argghh! May 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Y'know, on May 1st, this article looked totally outrageous.

Halfway down it talks of Obama's dilemma in using nukes to solve the crisis.

And now this news of nuclear scientists? Hmmm.

Toren May 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

As someone who spent a few years working in the oil patch, I doubt these people will be any use at all, unfortunately. Deep-sea drilling is almost as sophisticated and complex an operation as launching the Space Shuttle. It would take these guys weeks to even begin to understand the problem and the technologies available to solve it.
The last time we had a bad spill in the Gulf was 1976. I'd call a clean record of 34 years pretty impressive, considering the hundreds of platforms at work. Sometimes crap just happens and it's not like the industry has had any opportunity to try these fixes (34 years, remember?). And sometimes it's just rotten luck. The "box" would have worked …if the depth, and temperature of the water and oil had been just slightly different–then the methane clathrates would not have formed and it would have been capped days ago.
But the worst thing is that we had 34 accident-free years, and now, when finally offshore drilling was on the table again, this happens. My guess is it won't be allowed again until the lights start going out across America (ditto for nucs).
The ironic part is that the Chinese and the Russians plan to begin drilling just outside our territorial waters. And I doubt their devotion to environmental safety is a gold standard.

AST May 17, 2010 at 2:25 am

It all depends on how good their computer models of the leak are.

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