04/04/2014 |

‘U.S. taxpayers can save about $100 billion over next 10 years’

April 4, 2014 by IPB

A legislation is introduced by two champions of a safer and more secure world, Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Their bills — S. 2070, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act and H.R.4107, the Reduce Expenditures in Nuclear Infrastructure Now (REIN-IN) Act — would save U.S. taxpayers about $100 billion over ten years by scaling down, delaying, or canceling a variety of nuclear weapons programs and facilities.

There are two ways to get involved:

Five years ago, President Obama announced our nation’s commitment to working toward a world without nuclear weapons.  He said,

So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons… It will take patience and persistence …We have to insist, “Yes, we can.”

In the next decade, the United States will spend $570 billion dollars on sustaining, upgrading, and cleaning up the environmental impact from these weapons, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. For economic and national security reasons, the United States needs a different approach.

The SANE and REIN-IN Acts would put us one step closer to fulfilling the promise we made five years ago by investing in ‘we, the people’ instead of our capacity for destruction.