Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Meanwhile in the Real Nuclear World 

Who said this - in an editorial in the 'Wall Street Journal' earlier this year:

"We endorse setting the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and working energetically on the actions required to achieve that goal"

"We" in this case are noted peacenicks and defence patsies:

This is in the context of a massive US programme to replace ageing existing nuclear warheads with a 'Reliable Replacement Warhead' that does not need testing. Excellent discussion of the science behind all this and some of the ethical issues in the November 2007 issue of Scientific American (alas neither the WSJ nor SciAm allow linking to articles).

Britain of course is snagged into all sorts of byways of this argument.

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You can see a copy of the WSJ op-ed on the Union of Concerned Scientists website (where I work) at:

It is an amazing piece, and creates real opportunities to work on the goals they set out. And they are not done - a follow-up conference on the topic happened in October, with more to come.
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