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Bill Moves Forward to Restrict First Use of a Nuclear Weapon – Help Needed!

Monday, February 20, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

In January, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) introduced bills to prevent a US President from launching a first use or strike with nuclear weapons without a congressional declaration of war. As it presently stands, President Trump could launch a nuclear weapon on his own at any time - and there is no check or balance anywhere in the system on that power.

The title of the legislation is the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.” Senate bill is S. 200 and the House bill is H.R. 669. Co-sponsors are being sought for both.

As of this writing, S. 200 has no co-sponsors, while H.R. 669 has 19 co-sponsors, including 4 from California - John Garamendi (D-CA-31); Barbara Lee (D-CA—13); Karen Bass (D-CA-37); and, Mike Thompson (D-CA-5).

The bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, respectively.

Tri-Valley CAREs is asking you to make calls today supporting both the Senate bill (S. 200) and the House bill (H.R. 669).

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Costs Rise for Nuclear “Modernization”

Monday, February 20, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Nuclear “modernization” costs will total $400 billion from 2017 to 2026, according to a new estimate by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. That figure is 15% higher than the $348 billion previously calculated by CBO for the years 2015 to 2024.

According to the report, the coming decade is key to nuclear modernization plans as both the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration and the Pentagon are supposed to “mature” their design efforts and begin production.

The CBO notes that much of the $52 billion increase stems from the fact that the estimate reaches 2024 and thus incorporates a bit more of the high-ticket production costs. Indeed, the rate of increase for nuclear “modernization” is slated to rise continuously over the coming decades.

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Report Urges New Nukes “Tailored” for Limited Use & Drones

Monday, February 20, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

The Pentagon’s Defense Science Board (DSB) on Thursday held a classified briefing for senior officials on its recommendations for the new Administration. Earlier this month, the news outlet Roll Call reported that the board’s unpublished report, titled “Seven Defense Priorities for the New Administration” urges Trump to create new nuclear weapons including extremely low-yield weapons, called mini-nukes, to provide a “tailored option for limited use.”

While the current nuclear stockpile already incorporates a number of variable-yield designs, also called “dial-a-yield,” the DSB proposal envisions “more discriminate” options for launching a “limited nuclear war” with novel, small scale nukes and new ways to deliver them, including on drones.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein responded to the DSB report immediately saying, “There’s no such thing as ‘limited nuclear war’ and for the Pentagon’s advisory board to even suggest such a thing is deeply troubling.”

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Trump Denounces Nuclear Arms Treaty

Friday, February 10, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Jonathan Landay, who has covered nuclear weapons topics for well over a decade, and David Rohde published an exclusive in Reuters that, in his first Presidential phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced the Obama-era New START Treaty limiting a class of long-range nuclear weapons equally in both countries.

The article states that when Putin broached the possibility of extending the 2010 New START Treaty, Trump paused to ask his aides what that was. Trump then rebuffed Putin’s inquiry, saying the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama Administration and that it favored Russia. Trump pivoted to talk about his own popularity, multiple sources told Landay and Rohde.

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Call Now to Keep President Trump’s Finger Off the Nuclear Launch “Button”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) have introduced legislation to prevent a US President from launching nuclear war at will. As it now stands, President Donald Trump could initiate a nuclear first strike at any time, against any place, for any reason and with no checks or balances on that power.

On January 24, Senator Ed Markey introduced the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017” in the US Senate (S. 200) and Congressman Ted Lieu introduced the same legislation in the US House of Representatives (H.R. 669).

These two bills, if passed, would prohibit President Trump, or any future US President, from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Note: In California, your Senators are Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. In the 15th District, which includes Livermore, your Rep. is Eric Swalwell. In the 10th District, which includes Tracy, your Rep. is Jeff Denham.

Calling is fast and effective. However, you can also go on-line to send electronic messages to your Senators and Representative.

Here is a sample script for your Senate phone call:

“Hello my name is xxxxx. I am a constituent (you may want to give your zip code here). I am asking Senator yyyyy to co-sponsor the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.” The bill is number S. 200, and it was introduced by Senator Ed Markey. Its purpose is to prevent a US President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. This is a basic issue of Constitutional checks and balances on Executive powers, and I recommend that Senator yyyyy co-sponsor it. I would also like to be kept informed of my Senator’s action on the bill.”

When calling your Rep., simply change the language above to reflect that it was introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu of CA, and that the number for the bill is H.R. 669.

And, don’t forget to thank the hardworking staff person to whom you speak.

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Trump Cited as Doomsday Clock Advances Toward Midnight

The world is now two and one-half minutes from midnight according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which today moved the hands on its iconic Doomsday Clock thirty seconds closer to the nuclear hour that marks the end of humanity.

The change today brings us closer to midnight than at any time since 1953 – the year the US and Soviet Union first tested thermonuclear weapons within six months of each other.

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U.S. Hearing Date Set in Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Lawsuit!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Posted by Scott Yundt

First, we want to extend our congratulations to the government of the Marshall Islands and its former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum on winning “Arms Control Person(s) of the Year.” This annual award, announced yesterday by the Arms Control Association, reflects the courageous litigation brought by de Brum and the Marshall Islands against the nuclear-armed nations for their failure to disarm as required by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and customary international law.

The Marshall Islands' litigation in the International Court of Justice was stymied on procedural grounds and will not move forward. However, the case against the U.S. will be heard on March 15, 2017 in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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Specter of Resumed Nuclear Tests in Nevada

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Veteran journalist Keith Rogers has recently written an important, in-depth article on Trump’s nuclear tweets - and on the very real possibility that nuclear explosive testing will resume in Nevada.

The article ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on January 21. Tri-Valley CAREs is quoted at length, as is Daniel Ellsberg.

Fasten your seat belts, readers. And, do check out this timely article and its fabulous photographs of the test site.

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Marching for Our Rights on Saturday, January 21

Join the Tri-Valley CAREs team! Together, we will stand up (and march) for our collective human rights, constitutional protections, nuclear disarmament, the environment and all of our hard-won social and political gains.

The Oakland Women’s March begins at 10 am. We will meet on the platform at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station at 9:15 am and take the train together. Or, meet us at the rally site at Madison Park near the Lake Merritt BART Station.

Some of us will also go to the San Francisco Women’s March, which begins at 3 pm. We will meet at 3:30 pm on the steps of the library near the SF Civic Center BART Station. You can meet us there, or come with us from the Oakland march.

We will have lots of signs and banners, including the one pictured here. Can you help carry a banner? Let us know. Want more info? Email marylia@trivalleycares.org or check our Tri-Valley CAREs Facebook Page.

The Women’s March in Washington, DC is expected to draw about 200,000 participants. “Sister” marches have sprung up all across the country and all around the Bay Area. Upwards of half a million women and men - or more - are likely to participate overall.


Nuclear Weapons “Ban Treaty” Negotiations to Begin!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

As this past year was coming to a close, the United Nations General Assembly voted to convene negotiations in 2017 on a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading toward their total elimination,” also known as the Ban Treaty. With 113 votes for, 35 against, and 13 abstentions, the measure (Resolution L.41) passed overwhelmingly.

The negotiations will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from March 27 to March 31, and then resume from June 15 to July 7. Hundreds of governmental delegations, U.S. and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other representatives of civil society will participate. A one-day organizational session before the negotiations open is being planned by ICAN, the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.

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