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The Risks and Costs of Nuclear Weapons

June 4, 2014 - June 4, 2014
Portland, Oregon

Congressman Earl Blumenauer invites you to a public forum, The Risks and Costs of Nuclear Weapons.

Wednesday, June 4th, 5:30 – 7:15 PM

First Unitarian Church, Buchan Reception Hall (1226 SW Salmon Street in Portland)

The United States spends more today for nuclear weapons and programs than it did at the height of the Cold War. A recent report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that between 2014 and 2023, the cost of the Administration’s plans for nuclear forces will total $470 billion. Other ten year estimates come closer to $600 billion.

Congressman Blumenauer believes that the world will be safer if we reduced the nuclear arsenal and cut spending on outdated programs which are better suited for the Cold War than the strategic challenges we face today. He’s introduced HR 4107, the Reduce Expenditures in Nuclear Infrastructure Now (REIN-IN) Act of2014, which would save $100 billion over 10 years by reducing unnecessary nuclear weapons programs and significantly reduce the number of ICBMs currently on 24-hour high alert.

A panel of experts representing Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Program, and Columbia Riverkeeper will discuss the fiscal, humanitarian, and environmental  legacy of our nation’s nuclear weapons programs.

Please RSVP to attend the forum by visiting Congressman Blumenauer’s website.

For more information, contact Oregon PSR by email or call us at 503-274-2720.

Resources

  • Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk Report

    Newly generated data on the decline in agricultural production that would follow a limited, regional nuclear war in South Asia support the concern that more than one billion people would be in danger of starvation. Epidemic disease and further conflict spawned by such a famine would put additional hundreds of millions at risk. Read more »

  • Don't Bank on the Bomb Report

    Don’t Bank on the Bomb is the first major global report on the financing of companies that manufacture, modernize and maintain nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles. It identifies more than 300 banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers from 30 countries that invest significantly in 20 major nuclear weapons producers. Read more »