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Let’s bring the bloated nuclear weapons budget into the debate!

With the Super Committee's November 23 deadline looming, now's the time to weigh in on the best ways to reduce the deficit. A good place to start? Stop pouring money into Cold War weapons!

Please consider writing a letter to the editor on the importance of cutting the nuclear weapons budget and stop the United States from pouring over $700 billion tax dollars on nuclear weapons over the next ten years. Use the talking points below as a guide, or create your own! Click here for directions on how to send a letter to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Check out National WAND Public Policy Director, Kathy Crandall Robinson's recent Op/Ed in The Hill on the nuclear weapons budget or Daryl Kimbal of the Arms Control Association's piece "Disarmament and the Defecit" for great examples.

 

  • Over 60 percent of the U.S. Energy Department’s budget goes to nuclear weapons related spending.
  •  Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the United States is projected to spend an extraordinarily large amount of money maintaining the most sophisticated arsenal in the world consisting of approximately 5,000 largely redundant nuclear weapons.
  • Estimates are that over the next decade nuclear weapons spending will add up to about $700 billion.
  • Given the nation’s fiscal circumstances, it is time for the bloated nuclear weapons budget to receive serious scrutiny.
  • A $700 billion investment is not enhancing America’s national security for the 21st century
  • Nuclear submarines, for instance, don’t do much to help thwart terrorism or resolve where we go next with Afghanistan.
  • Nuclear weapons have been of declining strategic relevance since President Ronald Reagan’s second term.
  • Money spent on nuclear weapons siphons funds away from other, more significant national security investments.
  • Maintaining this mega-sized U.S. nuclear arsenal actually undermines efforts to control the inherent risks of nuclear weapons. (i.e.Nuclear weapons and materials are at risk of theft or accident.)
  • U.S. nuclear weapons production generates hazards and waste impacting workers, communities and the environment.
  • It’s harder to garner world support to isolate and control countries like Pakistan, Iran and North Korea, when we are spending to advance a production capacity to keep forever an overkill nuclear arsenal.

 

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