Lawrence S. Wittner | Kicking the Nuclear Habit
Lawrence S. Wittner, Truthout: "With President Barack Obama and other world leaders now talking about building a nuclear-free world, it is time to consider whether that would be a good idea. Six reasons for supporting nuclear abolition are particularly cogent."
It does not, however, tackle the issue of nuclear power plants and the importance of also closing those if we're really going to break this bad habit. Nor does it bring up the problems that nuclear science is already causing, such as the massive amounts of extremely dangerous waste that we don't know how to unmake or to store safely for the thousands of years it will remain deadly. We just have stopgap measures. And some of the waste winds up in things like depleted uranium bullets, which when fired produce uranium powder that gets into the environment and sends birth defect rates skyrocketing. If you think that only affects people in countries we don't care about, check the heatlh problems experienced by U.S. soldiers and their families. Gruesome stuff.