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Nuclear Weapons

Beyond Nuclear advocates for the elimination of all nuclear weapons and argues that removing them can only make us safer, not more vulnerable. The expansion of commercial nuclear power across the globe only increases the chance that more nuclear weapons will be built and is counterproductive to disarmament. We also cover nuclear weapons issues on our international site, Beyond Nuclear International.

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Friday
Mar122010

A call to rebuild the movement for nuclear disarmament

Writing on OpEdNews.com, Peace Action's Kevin Martin and Scoville Fellow, Lisa Putkey, make the case for remobilizing the nuclear disarmament movement in the face of the White House decision to pour billions of dollars into the U.S. nuclear weapons conference. The full article is on OpEdNews but below is an important excerpt:

"In response to Obama's agenda for a nuclear-free world, many in Congress seek to condition further reductions in the U.S. nuclear arsenal on funding for new nuclear warhead production. On December 15, 2009, 40 Republican Senators and one Independent sent a letter to President Obama stating, ""we don't believe further reductions [in our nuclear arsenal] can be in the national security interest of the U.S. in the absence of a significant program to modernize our nuclear deterrent." By "modernization" they mean increased funding to our nuclear arsenal to make sure it continues to be the best of the best. The nuclear weapons laboratories, contractors and the nuclear bureaucracies in the Pentagon and Energy Department where the nearly $60 billion in annual funding for nuclear weapons resides all have a vested interest in keeping the nuclear weapons policy status-quo and are addicted to new toys and capital-intensive projects."

Friday
Feb262010

Panel discusses Iran's nuclear program

A panel hosted by the Project for Nuclear Awareness discussed Iran's nuclear program and its implications for proliferation, which can be viewed on the C-SPAN Web site.

Wednesday
Feb102010

Obama signs off on new nuclear weapons production

Two strong articles have appeared in response to President Obama's decision to fund three new nuclear weapons production facilities. Greg Mello writes in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that Obama, despite his Nobel Peace Prize, never really articulated a disarmament agenda. Father John Dear laments in the National Catholic Reporter that the President's decision to "raise up a hopeful vision and, behind the scenes, ensure its dying" is an "Orwellian nightmare".

Monday
Feb012010

Nonproliferation Policy Education Center warns that nuclear power subsidies risk worldwide proliferation of nuclear weapons 

Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of NPEC, has warned that U.S. Department of Energy taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for new atomic reactors in the U.S. will set a bad international example that could be followed by foreign governments seeking to conceal nuclear weapon programs behind a nuclear power facade. He points out that a large-scale atomic reactor can generate enough plutonium each year for "scores" of nuclear weapons, if it is chemically separated from radioactive waste. In addition, the enrichment of uranium for nuclear fuel fabrication can be readily diverted for the manufacture of bomb-grade high enriched uranium (HEU).

Wednesday
Jan202010

An important dialogue about Iran and nuclear weapons

How can we best enforce our own obligations and those of others—in particular the Islamic Republic of Iran—on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament? Is there an opportunity under present conditions for a distinctly U.S.-Iranian dialogue on regional Middle Eastern and nuclear issues, and if so, how could such dialogue be promoted by civil society, NGO’s, and interfaith communities? Are there prospects for serious dialogue among the U.S., Iran, Israel, and other Middle East states on a regional solution to the nuclear threat? These are some of the questions that will be posed - and hopefully answered by a panel of experts - at the February 11  Iran, Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Middle East Regional Solutions Congressional Briefing hosted by the Project for Nuclear Awareness. The briefing takes place at the Washington, DC United Methodist Church from 2:15-4pm and is co-sponsored by a number of groups including Beyond Nuclear. More details here.