Nuke the Oil Spill? Could it Work?

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The BP oil spill plaguing the Gulf Coast has hit the 140 million gallon mark -- surpassing the record spill in 1979 by a Mexican company.

BP executives say their company is using the latest technology and putting millions of dollars into trying to plug the leak. Recommendations on how to fix the problem have come from all over.

Now, some experts are suggesting using explosives or nuclear weapons to stop the spewing oil. Former President Bill Clinton hinted that may become the only option.

"Unless we send the Navy down deep to blow up the well and cover the leak with piles and piles and piles of rock and debris, which may become necessary -- you don't have to use a nuclear weapon by the way, I've seen all that stuff, just blow it up -- unless we're going to do that, we are dependent on the technical expertise of these people from BP," he said.

The idea of using weapons to stop the leak comes out of the former Soviet Union. The country successfully used nukes to stop natural gas leaks during the 1960s and 1970s.

Could this strategy work in the Gulf Coast spill? CBN News spoke with American Enterprise Institute environmental scientist Kenneth Green for analysis.  Click play for his comments.

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