RNEP and Responsibility
If we can do no better than this:
During a week-long survey, Greenpeace said it had uncovered radioactivity in a number of buildings, including one source measuring 10,000 times above normal and another, outside a 900-pupil primary school, measuring 3,000 times above normal.
Then why would we even remotely consider this:
The FY’04 Defense Authorization bill, passed last month by the House and Senate, authorizes $15 million for research on a new "bunker buster" nuclear weapon, also known as the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP).
In its budget request for fiscal year 2004, the Bush Administration asked for $15 million for the second year of the RNEP study. The budget request also contains $6 million for advanced nuclear weapons concepts, funds to accelerate the ability to conduct a nuclear weapons test, and funds to accelerate the design and construction of a new, multi-billion dollar facility to manufacture the plutonium component of nuclear weapons, also known as a plutonium pit. In addition, the Bush Administration sought the repeal of the long standing ban on the research, production, and development of new, low-yield nuclear weapons. A low yield nuclear weapon is a weapon with a yield of 5 kilotons or less, roughly a third the size of the Hiroshima nuclear weapon
“We’re driving recklessly down a road that we’re telling other people not to walk down.”
-- Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) after the Senate Armed Services Committee vote to repeal the ban on low-yield nuclear weapons.
Get Angry! This is craziness! Block Funding for the RNEP
posted by Cyndy