06/03/2010 04:56 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Is it Time to Nuke the Oil Well?

Bloomberg News interviewed energy expert Matt Simmons, founder of energy investment bank Simmons & Company.

From Raw Story:

Simmons said the US government should immediately take the effort to stop the leak out of the hands of BP and put the military in charge.

"Probably the only thing we can do is create a weapons system and send it down 18,000 feet and detonate it, hopefully encasing the oil," he said.

His idea echoes that of a Russian newspaper that earlier this month suggested the US detonate a small nuclear bomb to seal the oil beneath the sea. Komsomoloskaya Pravda argued in an editorial that Russia had successfully used nuclear weapons to seal oil spills on five occasions in the past.