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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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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.
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.
In the past, the nuclear option has been averted when moderates in the two parties compromised to avoid a showdown, but the ferocious partisanship in Washington now made that impossible.
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.
Senate Democrats have launched the nuclear option. Now what?
"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.J.
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.
Prevention, pre-emption and the nuclear option; from Bush to Obama.
It's a relief that the government report makes such short shrift of the scare mongering and concludes that the nuclear option remains, for the UK, and for the time being, the best way to get some certainty into our future power generation needs.
However, this hasn't prevented the nuclear industry from trumpeting a coming "nuclear renaissance." Because there is no carbon dioxide emitted during the process of electricity generation, when controlled nuclear fission reactions are used to heat water and produce steam, the nuclear option has been advertised as "green." Omitted in this hype is the fact that enormous amounts of energy, still sourced primarily from fossil fuels, are needed for the other parts of the process.