To be sure, other important substantive and technical questions must be answered before determining if the nuclear option is the best one. Is that process already in motion? Perhaps. President Obama has dispatched a five-man team of nuclear physicists — including 82-year-old Richard Garwin, who designed the first hydrogen bomb — to the Gulf to draw up outside-the-box alternatives to BP’s engineering efforts.
If the Deepwater Horizon disaster has rendered the mantra of “Drill, Baby, Drill,” of limited rhetorical use, it may eventually come time for another plea: Nuke, Baby, Nuke.
– Daniel Foster is news editor of National Review Online.