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Using a MOAB to seal the BP pipe.
They could probably pay for it by auctioning off the right to push the button.
A "Tell-Ulam design"? (Thumps head on desk...)One of my acquaintances (a gunsmith by trade) worked at Livermore and the Test Site as a detonator designer. Drawing on my own misspent youth, I asked him if there was ever an issue with spontaneous, nervous giggling after a test. "No, but there are all sorts of odd smirks and chuckles when you feel the earth heave beneath your feet."
All we need is a Major Kong to ride it down--I have a suggestion.:-)Shootin' Buddy
Michael Bay just burst into joyful tears, and doesn't quite know why.
There's got to be a, "Hold my beer" in there somewhere too.
BTW, nuking it until it glows, I mean, no longer flows was one of the first suggestions made...
Has anyone proposed just putting a bigger pipe over and surrounding the torn pipe that is spewing oil an drebuilding the bloen diverted stuff above it and then pumping all that oil to the surface in a controlled manner where it can be poured into barrels and do some good?
According to this, the Russkis considered using nukeswv:rewrig
Uh.Wouldn't it be kind of hard to use a MOAB to plug an underwater oil leak?After all, MOAB does stand for Massive Ordnance Air Burst. It kind of needs a lot of oxygen to detonate all the little particles of explosive it shoots out all over the place.Sorry to spoil the fun. :-/
Justin,Did you click the link? :)
(...and, to be technical, I believe the "Air Burst" in the name refers more to its intended altitude at detonation rather than the fact that it, like its BLU-82 predecessor, is a fuel/air munition.)
Cool. It will either work and seal the leak, or, it will crack open the Earth and let ALL the oil out at once. Then we can just filter out the salt water and pump oil from the Gulf to the refineries.
"Has anyone proposed just putting a bigger pipe over and surrounding the torn pipe that is spewing oil an drebuilding the bloen diverted stuff above it and then pumping all that oil to the surface in a controlled manner where it can be poured into barrels and do some good?"I believe that was one of the first things they tried, and it was a horrible failure. Something to do with methane ice preventing it from sealing.
Justin,The ordinance commonly known as "MOAB", the GBU-43/B uses H6, a high explosive that is commonly used in underwater explosive ordinance like mines, depth charges, etc. H6 provides its own oxygenator, and I think that the actual design of the GBU-43/B even carries within the bomb casing, extra LOX (liquid oxygen) and additional powdered aluminum as enhancers (powdered aluminum is already one of the components of H6). Like nuclear weapons, the MOAB is exploded some distance above the ground to allow for greater propagation of the shockwave. hence the term "air burst".
See, when I saw this, I thought "Wait, does she mean 'Mother of All Bailouts?" followed shortly by "So they're stuffing money down the hole?" on the heels of which was "Wait, isn't that what they're doing?"
Been over at Jim Rawles' place a lot lately?Yeah, me too... :)
Double bonus points for the supervisor who turns to the button pusher after the KaBoom and says "Use enough dynamite there, Butch?"
If this goes down, the gov. owes the ENTIRE country free fish sticks. Just pass 'em out with the cheeze.
Yellow stripes = good times. Maybe not a successful well plug, but good times.Jim
Dammit, Bubblehead beat me to it!
Unfortunately, since this would be a Gooberment operation, well, what did Marvin the Martian say?wv: trite- What the so-called news the MSM feeds us everyday can be classified as.
... what did Marvin the Martian say?There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering KA-BOOM!I've wondered since Day 1 why they didn't call Dr. Craven in on this... but then I realized that Dr. Craven is right-of-center, a scientist AND worked on weapons projects. Three strikes, and you're out.
I prefer the Russian technique.
Sorry - anytime someone brings up "hey, y'all, watch this" I can't help but think of the end of the Posleen incursion... ("You have HOW MANY KILOS of antimatter on my planet?!?!")
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