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+ - Improving Disaster Response With Dedicated Ships->

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nido
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 kuro5hin.org, and encouraged by visitors from slashdot. Thanks for all the clicks!"

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+ - Preparing for future disasters->

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nido
nido writes "University of Georgia marine sciences professor Samantha Joye and others are in the Gulf of Mexico looking for plumes of oil. When they find them, what will the people in charge of cleaning up the Gulf be able to do?

The only practical way to accelerate decomposition of the oil is to send oxygenated water into the plumes, using compressors and pumps powered by the U.S. Navy's portable nuclear reactors. The Navy's first nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, isn't currently available, but perhaps they could send a submarine or two.

It would be helpful to have retired aircraft carriers serve as stand-by disaster response ships, as advocated at SendTheEnterprise.org. What else can we do to better prepare for the future?"

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