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  • Bulletin #180: Good news: Obama's nuclearm modernization plan is collapsing, 7 Dec 2013
    a design error It now appears that the whole project was a design error as has been evident to the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance OREPA and others since its beginning One former senior Administration official colorfully told NWMM We ve already undergone severe cost escalation in the 2010 2011 timeframe and now they re telling me it s going to be another factor of two Well shut the door we re out of luck on uranium Over a decade long period NNSA and its contractors wasted 635 M on CMRR NF design and by the end of this year 772 M will have been spent designing UPF In addition NNSA and its contractors spent many hundreds of millions designing still other buildings which needed or still need redesign or which have been abandoned Right now NNSA is spending several billion dollars building the highly specialized Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility MFFF in South Carolina a giant facility which may or may not ever be completed or used for its intended purpose or any purpose In round numbers NNSA and its contractors appear to have wasted between two and three billion dollars on unused designs over the past ten years not counting MFFF There is more The W78 88 LEP was to be the first new interoperable warhead in an ambitious warhead plan that would replace the entire U S nuclear arsenal with three interoperable warheads another new warhead for cruise missiles and the all purpose B61 12 precision guided nuclear gravity bomb It was called the 3 2 plan and it was to guide operations across the warhead complex for the next 25 years Reliable sources say the whole 3 2 plan is now dead in the water As soon as it was released the plan was considered inexecutable by us and by staff on Capitol Hill That view has reportedly now hardened on the Hill We ve been very clear about the impending failure of NNSA s programs for years examples are too many to cite you might check out bulletins 166 and 168 or the Dark Inflation blog post There is more The W78 88 LEP was a key driver for the supposed need to be able to produce 50 80 plutonium warhead cores pits at LANL Especially with this program jettisoned the need to build and quickly build this capacity should be promptly reexamined When what is now a 30 or 40 fold cost escalation at UPF hits the press and congressional in boxes along with the demise of the touted W78 88 on top of all of NNSA s many other problems and blunders NNSA may find itself in a rather bad way There is more According to a five experienced defense analysts the proposed new Air Force bomber will cost about half again as much as the Air Force is now estimating All told and drawing estimates from a variety of sources new delivery systems would cost in excess of 200 B over the

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  • Bulletin#179: If you aren’t already a Study Group donor, it’s time to become one.
    of mass destruction are banned with or without treaty participation from nuclear weapon states Greg spoke at the U N in October on this topic on a panel sponsored by Switzerland and Indonesia and we are planning further activities with these dynamic organizations Working to better spell out the tight coupling between nuclear disarmament economic development and efforts to save a viable climate for life on Earth Preparing for house meetings and face to face outreach to interested members where we can go into greater detail about the issues and our plans if you are interested in putting together such an evening please call Working on long standing projects in better management and budgeting of the nuclear weapons enterprise going back down the branch we are on in which we enjoy a great deal of credibility in Washington we will be returning to Washington early next year and Providing background as needed to reporters so they can be more ready when something newsworthy but complicated appears We will be coordinating more with other New Mexico organizations on climate policy issues on which we have considerable background knowledge as well as access to some of the relevant congressional committees To put it bluntly climate and energy policies are central to mitigating economic and social collapse in New Mexico as they are overall We would like to again mentor interns here We have had great success with our internship programs since the late 1990s but have no funding for them right now We are sure there are plenty of fine scholars and organizers out there who would like to help here but at least a little money is necessary to make that possible We want everyone on this list to give at least a little bit Please There is no one on this list for whom 5 per month is too great Others can afford more perhaps much more There are many ways to contribute You can send a check in the mail to the address below You can donate stock and thereby avoid capital gains if that is important to you to do this call Trish at 505 265 1200 You can donate electronically at this secure portal JustGive will take 4 5 for their service but it s very convenient Trish can accept credit card payments over the phone and will be happy to set up an interbank wire transfer domestic or international If you set up a monthly donation you will help with our financial predictability and you won t have to remember to give each month If you wish to remember the Study Group in your estate planning please call us We will be happy to accept excess automobiles or other property Again these gifts are tax deductible If you give through the Network for Good you can direct your gift to the Study Group through them They will deduct a little slice to sustain their operation You may also give directly to the Study Group through eBay

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  • Bulletin 178: In the steep time, seek real political discourse, 13 Nov 2013
    the Mayor himself it confuses his two roles chair of a public private lobbying coalition which harnesses the legitimacy of local government and Indian tribes in the service of Bechtel and the other corporate hogs at the LANL trough which should not even be legal and his role as Mayor of Santa Fe For the City it helps greenwash the City s new role in supporting weapons of mass destruction WMD which is being done in direct violation of past City resolutions and therefore also is legally murky City resolutions don t bind Congress obviously but they ought to inform City actions and policies For citizens the resolution in question placates and misdirects concerns about environmental and economic futures with an empty gesture that costs nothing risks nothing and means nothing while at the same time walking back from prior City commitments Summing this up the Mayor who like any politician is drawn toward wanting to get along with as many people as possible is hoping to reconcile two diametrically opposing visions for Santa Fe one that is supportive of WMD and the threats of annihilation that come from them a dark and nihilistic vision of secrecy inequality and domination and the other might be called civilizational which is based on the protection of life Making a cost free gesture of asking somebody else to pay for cleanup of part of the local WMD factory cannot unite these two visions Nothing can and that needs to be made explicit LANL can t be cleaned up even if that huge sum of money were somehow made available while it continues and expands its warhead mission and the waste that makes expanding that is with help from the City and Mayor The resolution is conveniently silent about ongoing nuclear waste disposal at LANL and the timing is interesting too The Mayor has proposed it just as LANL has filled Area G to capacity and is moving on to start fresh dump sites on The Hill about which the resolution is silent Amazing how that works The resolution claims the cleanup would provide hundreds of jobs for decades It wouldn t but the more serious problem is that LANL s overall budget including the cleanup budget is only likely to go up if overall defense spending goes up Given fierce opposition to new taxes by Republicans it is likely that defense spending will go up only if there is a successful raid on the safety net that protects the poor and the elderly and if all other government purposes are shortchanged President Obama has signaled his support for this So a vote for more LANL spending of whatever kind is basically a vote for less education spending less renewable energy spending lower Social Security payments lower food stamp spending and so on Non LANL non defense federal programs vastly outweigh LANL and military spending in Santa Fe County The Mayor s priorities in his RCLC role should they be realized would devastate the

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  • LASG Bulletin #177: What Road to Damascus - war or peace? 9 Sep 2013
    be unprincipled dishonest and cowardly will follow tomorrow NM Democrat Ben Ray Lujan is silent on the issue so far Congresswoman Lujan Grisham has decided to deal with the issue for now via an on line constituent poll Today s offhand remark by Secretary of State Kerry for Syria to promptly surrender its chemical munitions very quickly grew political legs around the world and in Congress this afternoon Senator Reid reportedly postponed the Senate vote scheduled for Wednesday 2 Suggestions for what you can do to stop this war and upcoming public actions in NM Please see Bulletin 176 for what you can do Contact the NM delegation at these numbers and places FYI no one came to our office today to help make calls Tomorrow bring friends and phones and let s work together Remember our anti war work will take place from 10 30 to 2 30 Upcoming public actions Protests at Senator Heinrich s offices In Albuquerque Tomorrow Tuesday September 10 at 8 30 am and at noon 625 Silver SW In Santa Fe Wednesday September 11 at 12 noon and continuing throughout the afternoon 119 East Marcy St Santa Fe NM Suite 101 3 Background information and talking points A bit of background makes it relatively easy to expose the lies in the Administration s talking points which are not it appears consistent or stable anyway The Friends Committee on National Legislation FCNL understands the gravity of the situation and has staffed up to fight against this new war Their talking points and background materials are excellent United for Peace and Justice has an excellent and accessible action page CODEPINK has been quite active and good we think The news and commentary on antiwar com is superb To take just one example see The Lies Behind

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  • Bulletin #176: Syria: moment of truth, or door to perpetual war. PLEASE ACT NOW. 8 Sep 2013
    long time we here have been saying that the business as usual option is rapidly disappearing There are many news organizations and blogs that have provided whip counts in the House and Senate See for example this one from firedoglake or this one from USA Today All these whip counts should be taken with a large grain of salt The President and his aides together with senior Democratic congressional leaders and pro war Republicans are working very hard to gain support for this assault They will pull out every stop and it won t all be rational Civics 101 It will surely include rewards and threats overt or implicit The President will be interviewed by six network anchors Monday tomorrow and will give a national address Tuesday It is quite possible that new information will be released to manufacture consent and stampede a favorable vote What you can do our suggestions No matter where you live or what your senators and representatives have said up to now flood every one of their offices with calls Get your friends and family members who live in other districts and in parts of your district which are served by different offices to call as well To the greatest extent possible make sure every staff member understands the depth of opposition in the state and the district to this war New Mexico offices are here Make face to face visits to congressional offices with your friends and or family If you have a large group some will be allowed inside and the rest can demonstrate their opposition to the war outside There is an ad hoc coalition of antiwar groups gathering tomorrow Monday September 9 at noon at Senator Martin Heinrich s office in Albuquerque at 625 Silver SW corner of Silver and 6th If you live in Albuquerque please consider joining this action This may be the only planned demonstration at any congressional office tomorrow in New Mexico If you live nearby we think it is very important to attend if you can Utilize your mailing lists and harness social media to get the word out Write open letters to congresspersons and senators to be published in the newspaper and on blogs Write comments promptly on news articles online These are very good very public and very free ways to communicate But don t imagine that your individual action no matter how eloquent is going to carry the day If you know people who are political donors especially large donors reach out to them All elected officials listen to large donors In our political system money votes Attend vigils and other demonstrations against military intervention in Syria There will be nationally coordinated vigils tomorrow night at 7 00 pm sponsored by several cooperating organizations There is a vigil in Albuquerque tomorrow Monday September 9 at 7 00 pm in Roosevelt Park Coal Ave SE between Spruce Sycamore streets Sponsored by CODEPINK MoveOn Credo Action and others We will add a war protest calendar

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  • Bulletin #175: Congressman Lujan: 6 votes against renewable energy yesterday
    of NNSA s three nuclear warhead labs offered an amendment to restore that 329 M the source being NNSA warhead funds The roll call vote on Garamendi s amendment has not yet been published When the votes are published I am pretty sure we will discover that Rep Lujan has voted to protect NNSA nuclear warhead spending whenever possible at the expense of the green jobs our state needs just as he has done in the past Be very clear Rep Lujan has just voted with House Republicans to cut heavily DOE spending in New Mexico NM for these programs DOE Program 1 Current NM spending M Administration proposal for FY2014 spending in NM M Energy Reliability 2 545 1 450 Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 63 321 69 664 Science 152 069 128 268 Includes programs in wind energy geothermal hydrogen water power solar energy vehicle technologies building technologies federal energy management weatherization assistance state energy grants tribal energy activities advanced manufacturing and bioenergy technologies NM spending was to include 37 M in biological and environmental research and 55 M in basic energy sciences NNSA Weapons Activities would spend in the Administration s plan which the House would cut slightly about 2 5 3 311 billion in New Mexico next year It is this geographically concentrated nuclear warhead spending which Mr Lujan s votes helped preserve All these figures are prior to any Budget Control Act sequestration which will in the absence of a grand budget deal impose further spending cuts in the general vicinity of 10 In short Rep Lujan is a 100 status quo nuclear man The claims on his web site to be working for a clean energy economy are not accurate and need to be very carefully parsed Mr Lujan claims to want research into clean energy but yesterday he voted six times against actually funding it By coincidence Lujan s office released today these comments and this picture of the congressman with Secretary of Energy Moniz to the press Today I had an opportunity to discuss with Secretary Moniz the important role that Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories play in New Mexico As Co Chair of the Technology Transfer Caucus I was encouraged that Secretary Moniz shares my goal of improving technology transfer and taking steps that will enable the labs to focus more on moving innovative technologies to the marketplace I look forward to working with Secretary Moniz on these critical efforts that can spur economic growth in New Mexico and lead to job creation in our communities Secretary Moniz and I also discussed the management of the National Nuclear Security Administration and the need to improve and reform the agency in order to maintain the vitality of the science and engineering capabilities at the labs We need to take an honest look at the NNSA and how it works with our labs so that we can move forward with a plan that strengthens Los Alamos and Sandia and their ability to

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  • Bulletin #174: Last two "In My Lifetime" screenings with discussion, 9 Jul 2013
    Abolition Week with screenings of Robert Frye s award winning In My Lifetime documentary followed by discussions of current nuclear weapons issues We ve had two screenings and discussions so far in Los Alamos and Taos We ll have two others this week both at 6 00 pm We also have regular Study Group meetings coming up as shown Issue and strategy discussion Thursday July 11 6 00 pm at the CloudCliff Bakery not Second Street Brewery 1805 2nd St Santa Fe SE corner of 2nd St and Lena St Google Maps is a little inaccurate In My Lifetime screening and discussion Friday July 12 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History 601 Eubank Blvd SE Albuquerque map The Museum is co sponsoring In My Lifetime screening and discussion Saturday July 13 at the Santa Fe Woman s Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe map At this event we will have with us special guest Kathy Christison writer former CIA analyst and long time Study Group member coauthor with her late husband of Palestine in Pieces and other writings on the Middle East Issue and strategy discussion Thursday July 18 6 00 pm at our offices at

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  • Bulletin #173: Reminder: "Nuclear Abolition Week" events, 6 Jul 2013
    Los Alamos at 2132 Central Ave map The film will be followed by a discussion of current nuclear weapons issues We ll have three other showings and discussions this week all at 6 00 pm Tomorrow July 7 in Taos at the Taos Town Council Chambers 120 Civic Plaza Drive map Friday July 12 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History 601 Eubank Blvd SE Albuquerque map The Museum is co sponsoring the event Saturday July 13 at the Santa Fe Woman s Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe map At this event we will have with us special guest Kathy Christison writer former CIA analyst and long time Study Group member coauthor with her late husband of Palestine in Pieces and other writings on the Middle East Please do come if you can There will be a suggested donation of 10 to cover our costs In addition to these special events we also have these regular Study Group meetings coming up Thursday July 11 6 00 pm at the CloudCliff Bakery not Second Street Brewery 1805 2nd St Santa Fe SE corner of 2nd St and Lena St Google Maps is a little inaccurate Thursday July

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