nuclear option


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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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After all, if there really was no alternative, then any government would be duty-bound to pursue some kind of nuclear option - however risky, costly and unpopular that might prove to be.
A survey by the Sifo institute in January 2003 nevertheless showed an absolute majority of Swedes (55%) supporting the nuclear option.
PERHAPS among those of my generation who grew up with the awful possibility of nuclear war - a perspective reinforced by the terrible accident at Chernobyl - a mindset has developed that rejects the nuclear option out of hand.
We have had ambiguity and constant reviews from this Government but they have refused to rule out the nuclear option and the signs are that they are now looking at it.
Moreover, two thirds of those questioned believe abandoning the nuclear option would have "negative consequences" on electricity exports, economic development and France's energy independence.
There cannot be a meaningful debate about energy policy which does not include the nuclear option.
Today's conference in the Old College, Aberystwyth, is being held to prepare for a massive campaign that would be launched if the nuclear option was resurrected.
Opposition to atomic energy in Denmark (which doesn't itself have any nuclear power stations) has increased since 1990 when a Sonar poll revealed that 76% of Danes were against the nuclear option, with support running at 13% and 11% undecided.
Submariners Denzel Washinton (left) and Gene Hackman fell out over the nuclear option in Crimson Tide.
Because it is now official policy, it means that the United States will actively consider the nuclear option,'' Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, told the paper.
This is the first announcement of the decommissioning of a power station since the signing of a final agreement between the German Government and energy industry on the abandonment of the civil nuclear option.
Funny how just two years ago the Labour government's own energy White Paper dismissed the nuclear option as "unattractive".
And given the choice of 600 large offshore wind turbines or a new nuclear plant to generate the same amount of power, only one in 17 chose the nuclear option compared with 87pc for wind.
An aide to Dr Reid said: "An outright ban is the nuclear option, but we believe it's the one we have to take.
Energy minister Brian Wilson confirmed that the proposal was contained in a ``scoping document'' setting out options for fulfilling the recommendations of the Government's review of UK energy needs over the next 50 years, which said the nuclear option should be kept open.
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