Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 7 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

U.S Nuclear Stockpiles: On the Road to Nowhere?

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
Message James Murtagh
Become a Fan
  (8 fans)
Today, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) announced in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists its critique of the Department of Energy's plan to transform the U.S. nuclear weapons complexes, and nuclear hazard waste.
 click here Presidential hopeful John McCain pushing for more nuclear power, the fate of nuclear waste and nuclear weapons materials should become center stage.
POGO submitted one of the more than 100,000 public comments to the Draft Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS). The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) considered four alternatives to transform the U.S. nuclear complex.
Nuclear waste and Nuclear weapons will be the long-term legacy of our civilization, activists have noted. It is time to consider POGO's suggestion that pit production be halted completely. The nuclear weapons still being stockpiled are relics of our cold-war past.
POGO stated: “The timing of the NNSA review is odd, as both a new presidential administration and a bipartisan congressional commission will soon be conducting their own reviews of the country's nuclear infrastructure.”
POGO urged that Congress wait and consider upcoming “landmark reviews--the next administration's Nuclear Posture Review and a congressionally appointed, bipartisan commission report on the role of nonproliferation programs and missile defenses in U.S. strategic policies, which will be completed by December 1, 2008. “
Also outdating the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review is the mounting chorus for "substantial reductions" in U.S. nuclear forces--see "Toward A Nuclear-Free World," A World Free of Nuclear Weapons, and "What Are Nuclear Weapons For?"
POGO showed how nuclear material could be removed much quicker and reduce the risk to the 7 million people who live within a 50-mile radius of the laboratory at risk. Startling, the security is incredibly lax, and tests have shown that mock terrorists are able to steal simulated special nuclear materials and could even detonate an improvised nuclear device on the spot. 
Rate It | View Ratings

James Murtagh Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

James J. Murtagh, Jr. is a doctor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and the Medical Director of several sleep laboratories in Southern Ohio. Dr. Murtagh extensively writes on medical ethics. Dr. Murtagh is the founder of a new (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Sister Aloysius "Doubts"

Sarah Palin is the Ultimate RINO

Patients and Doctors Demand Integrity in Medicine!

Sarah Palin is National Traitor

Should al-Qaeda have the right to bear arms?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend