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nuclear option

1. The use of nuclear weapons, as by the military, often considered a last resort. I'm worried about the repercussions if our military officials choose the nuclear option.
2. In the US Senate, a course of action allowing the majority party to end filibustering with a simple majority, rather than the usually required supermajority of 60%. Senators could, however, use the nuclear option to approve that nomination.
3. An especially drastic decision or action. Calling the CEO about this issue is definitely the nuclear option—let's see what we can do on our own first.
See also: nuclear, option
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I don't know if we're there yet," he said of the nuclear option.
However, the nuclear option of wiping those records is not fair to clean athletes like our own Steve Cram and Jonathan Edwards.
While Democrats opposed the rule change and accused Republicans of a power grab, it was the Democrats who first resorted to the nuclear option when they controlled the Senate in 2013.
He said the nuclear option was under consideration as the DOE endeavors to build a 30,189 megawatt (MW) reliable supply for the country by 2030, given the forecast demand and anticipated economic growth.
It does appear that the nuclear option which we had been relying upon to keep world peace was about as reliable as a clockwork staircase, and had been a particularly stupid idea.
Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia already have committed big capital for the nuclear option, while the other GCC states are still studying this, with offers coming from the US, France, Japan and other OECD powers.
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said: "Platini's dramatic decision to raise the nuclear option of a boycott underlines the scale of this scandal and the lamentable failure of FIFA's leadership to deal with it.
Elimination of the consumption of fossil fuels as far as possible is laudable, but we should be investigating every possible alternative to the nuclear option.
There are areas where big savings are still available, none of these require the nuclear option of lumping forces together.
So with the decision of Majority Leader Harry Reid to go through with the long-threatened vote to change the rules, the other tactic Thursday in coverage was to show how leaders of each party have changed their views on the nuclear option along with their status as member of the majority or minority party.
You're taking the nuclear option off the table, the fact that we'll blow through the debt ceiling, that's not going to happen,'' said Dan Veru, chief investment officer at Palisade Capital Management LLC in Fort Lee, N.
With a current capacity of about 16,000 MW, the government has said the nuclear option presents the most sustainable alternative to oil to power growth.
SIR - The Archdruid warns Carwyn against the nuclear option (Western Mail, Wednesday, August 8) but maybe more nuclear options are just what the Welsh economy needs.
Ukiya Amano said for his part that the IAEA is committed to carrying on co-operation with Tunisia, adding that the nuclear option for civilian use is becoming widespread now in several countries in view of its relatively low cost and ecological benefits.
Firstly, the tide of both political and public opinion in Germany has been turning firmly against the nuclear option ever since the Fukushima disaster last year.