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And now our top story the Gulf Coast oil disaster.
And our next guest says after a month of failed efforts to stop the oil.
BP needs to get serious he says BP could use a nuclear explosion to seal off that well Christopher Brownfield is the author of the book.
My nuclear family.
A coming of age and America's 21 century military.
He's also former nuclear submarine officer Christopher Brownfield is live with a -- -- to -- you thank you.
Thank you for having me -- it it sounds as far fetched as junket.
Well I don't know where they came up with the idea for the junk shot but.
Nuclear weapons have been used in the past to see a -- runaway oil well some facts of the Soviet Union did this is far back as 1966.
And they've done it four times in our history.
That he said it.
It worked he works very well also conventional explosives have been used in the last 100 years to seal off a runaway oil gusher -- It's been around pretty much as long as we've been prospecting for oil.
Now that being said I wouldn't necessarily recommended -- the best option.
Okay what is the best out.
Well I would consider using a lot of conventional expo explosives to collapse the well.
We we have a lot better technology and the Soviet Union had in 1966 and I'm pretty confident that the US navy the Army Corps of Engineers and other private sector organizations perhaps Halliburton Exxon.
Could get together to find a way to demolish this well.
The reason why I think that hasn't happened so far is that BP has some perverse incentives to keep it that well from being demolished.
If we demolish the well using explosives the investments gone they lose hundreds of millions of dollars from the drilling of the well plus.
No lawmaker in his right mind would allow BP.
To drill again that same spots -- basically.
It's an all or nothing thing with BP to either keep the well alive or they lose their whole investment in -- all the oil that they could potentially get from that well.
Many independent experts have suggested that this flow is ten times.
What it -- that what BP claims it is beat -- uses no facts or figures to back it up doesn't explain to -- how it came at all of that.
But the experts are saying these dispersants are keeping the oil below the surface we can't see it but it's -- and ready to do harm is that all right.
Current well dispersants are not a solution to the problem there -- something that's treating the symptom of the problem.
The only way to really deal with this problem directly to find a way to close that well down permanently BP's been talking about easy to jump shot or this four -- straw that's going into a 22 inch diameter.
Fire hose mean.
It's ridiculous if I had a -- they've reached all the way across the Gulf of Mexico I would drink BP's milk -- to its not gonna stop the well -- we need to seal this thing off I'd like to elaborate on why it really easy and appropriate for us to use a nuclear explosive -- this time when President Obama was in Prague talking about.
Trying to rid the world of nuclear weapons and who.
It would be inappropriate for him to use a nuclear weapon even for a peaceful purpose because that would give countries like -- he ran in the senate to say well if the United States did it we should be able to use -- nuclear weapon to.
We don't want to give your and that incentive India and use those same incentives.
Same that they want a peaceful nuclear explosions when they acquired nuclear weapons in the 1970s and we don't want to repeat that mistake what.
It it's just not a good option would we could probably do -- so with conventional explosives and buried a matter.
I think it President Obama needs to take charge -- this bring all the assets of our military to -- bring the US Army Corps of Engineers bring the US navy and bring in.
All the private sector organizations that have the equipment for deep sea operations to make this happen.
What's explode this collapse the well and put an end to it.
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