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nido writes: "When the Deepwater Horizon blew last summer I posted a couple comments here about my idea for helping the Gulf of Mexico clean itself. To Save the Gulf, Send the Enterprise called for using the U.S. Navy's portable nuclear power plants to oxygenate ocean water, thereby feeding the bacteria that consume crude oil.

After BP's Macondo Prospect well was plugged, I generalized my proposal to dedicate the almost-retired USS Enterprise to disaster relief.

You know an idea's time has come when you read it somewhere else. This is sort of like how multiple people have independently discover scientific principles at about the same time. A new article on The American Spectator, A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century, advocates converting the Navy's retired aircraft carriers to disaster relief ships, just like my piece from last summer. It seems like I should get credit, but the idea is what's important.

Last night I read out that the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Nassau is being decommissioned on March 31st. Rather than letting the ship rust in a Ghost fleet, this would be the perfect first ship to dedicate to disaster response.

My idea was birthed on, and encouraged by visitors from slashdot. Thanks for all the clicks!"

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