Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.

The US Congress and the Department of Energy would be as wise to follow such advice. However, Congress and DOE's ongoing effort to characterize Yucca Mountain as the nation's choice for the deep geological burial of high level nuclear waste suggests they might try other strategies if dealing with a dead horse, including the following:

  1. Buying a stronger whip.
  2. Changing riders.
  3. Saying things like "this is the way we always have ridden this horse"
  4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
  5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride horses.
  6. Increasing the standards to ride horses.
  7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
  8. Creating a training session to increase our riding environment.
  9. Changing the requirements to specify that "Horses shall not die".
  10. Comparing the fate of horses in today's environment.
  11. Hiring contractors to ride the dead horse.
  12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
  13. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to ride".
  14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
  15. Doing a study to see if the horse can be ridden cheaper if out-sourced.
  16. Purchasing a product to revitalize the dead horse.
  17. Declaring the dead horse is "better, faster and cheaper".
  18. Forming a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
  19. Revisiting the performance requirements for horses.
  20. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.