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  • Bulletin #132: Study Group files second lawsuit to halt proposed $6 billion bomb factory, Oct 22, 2011
    evidence and those arguments to bear in other forums administrative legislative and popular in the streets which is why all our legal filings and evidence are posted on our web site for easy access It isn t easy of course Most of the avenues of democratic reform in our society are now closed or nearly closed and the courts are no exception Therefore we are very grateful for your solidarity in whatever form you may express it whether to us directly in our newspapers in your own organizations to potential donors you may know or in your own political work in other states if you are not in New Mexico Congress is likely to decide some time in the next three weeks or so whether or not to provide authorization and funding for CMRR NF construction The House opposes construction this year the Senate does not Study Group president Peter Neils and I will be going to Washington DC tomorrow for a week where we will speak with decisionmakers analysts and others regarding this project as well as broader issues concerning Department of Energy DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA programs and budgets One of the interesting proposals on the table in Washington is a bizarre fast then slow staggered construction dance being proposed for CMRR NF and the Uranium Processing Facility UPF in Tennessee The idea is to begin CMRR NF construction for about three years then slow it down while UPF is mostly built Then CMRR NF construction would resume at normal speed Such an approach is being proposed because NNSA does not anticipate actually having sufficient appropriations to build both projects at the same time It seems to be a policy of desperation Those of you who are writing or speaking on the giant transformative CMRR NF project may wish to look at our press release regarding the recent NNSA Amended Record of Decision AROD to build it Nuclear Weapons Agency Reports Prior Decision to Build Huge Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos Still On Track Oct 13 2011 Russ Wellen wrote a complementary note about that here Paving Over the Money Pit of Nuclear Weapons Spending Foreign Policy in Focus Oct 19 2011 A good overview of CMRR NF in audio form can be found in a Sept 28 interview of Greg by Mary Charlotte Domandi KSFR Radio Café mp3 By the way a group of local businesses friends of ours put a full page in the New Mexican Pasatiempo on October 14 expressing their opposition to CMRR NF Ya hoo 2 Three things you can do in close or distant solidarity with us Subscribe to this email list if you are not getting this email directly To do that send a blank email here This list is how we keep folks at least somewhat abreast of breaking events offer new resources announce meetings and suggest ways to work in close or distant solidarity If you want to know more or want to help out or

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  • Bulletin #131: Q&A on proposed new plutonium warhead complex, tomorrow (Wed, 9/28/11), 8amMDT on KSFR & streaming
    Q A format may be a good way for your or your friends to come up to speed on as many aspects of this dangerous nuclear boondoggle as we could fit in an hour Forward this email to them if you think they would be interested It s late notice but the best we could do Businesses in northern New Mexico who are opposed to this facility are encouraged to

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  • Bulletin #130: Report from Washington, in Santa Fe on Wed: NNSA sailing straight into fiscal hurricane, Sep 19, 2011
    the coming one In all over 180 billion in nuclear warhead spending is now proposed for those two decades As we have learned and more on this on Wednesday this 180 billion figure is being offered by NNSA in constant i e discounted dollars pdf which would seem to open the door for further nominal increases each and every year even beyond those in this plan Dream on Obama s free range NNSA has now truly proposed the biggest increase in warhead spending since the Manhattan Project a two decade future run up in U S commitment to nuclear weapons just as the U S economy and society are beginning to truly unravel with more and more of our population and especially the rising generation of teenagers and young adults being thrown under the bus There is considerable skepticism in Washington that all this money to be matched by even vaster sums for building and operating nuclear strike submarines bombers and missiles will ever be available or that all these facilities submarines warheads etc will ever be built Specifically key parties are increasingly certain that CMRR NF and a comparably expensive facility in Tennessee the Uranium Processing Facility UPF cannot be built simultaneously For its part NNSA apparently thinks there will always be more money available to bail out its boondoggles if when necessary so the more new program starts there are the better Because of these and other factors some government analysts are now predicting broad systemic failure in the U S nuclear weapons program Given this you might think that responsible adults of whatever political persuasion might hold back one of the two giant proposed new factories which together may officially cost up to 12 billion Some government analysts think the true figure is much higher Yes says the House hold back CMRR NF No say Senate appropriators let s rush in and start both of them at least for now and save the hard decisions for later after 2012 For New Mexico whose economy is far more dependent on non military federal programs than on military ones the decision of our congressional delegation to support the nuclear labs and especially CMRR NF is truly heartbreaking Those political priorities the labs and the people of New Mexico are as they have always been largely mutually exclusive If the coming budget cuts do not make that clear nothing will Small update efforts by Rep Martin Heinrich and his Republican colleague Rep Michael Turner on the Strategic Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to increase NNSA s short term budget at the expense of non NNSA programs during what is hoped will be a 6 week period this fall have failed NNSA s budgets are now subject to the same 1 5 cut as the rest of government until November 18 pdf or until Congress passes a relevant appropriations bill That s it for now much more on Wednesday Please come if you can Sincerely Greg Trish and

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  • Bulletin #129: Rep. Heinrich asks Obama to increase warhead spending, bypass pending cuts, Sept. 11, 2011
    These proposed appropriations are 3 and 4 more than is currently appropriated respectively These relatively big increases in a year when most other Energy and Water programs are likely to cut especially by the House While in theory Congress might act later to lower nuclear weapons spending for the rest of the fiscal year if such a temporary exception is granted all parties will be reluctant to do so once hiring and contracts are in place For example if Congress halfway into the new fiscal year finally passed an appropriations bill that provided 6 less than requested for the year as a whole as good a guess as any at this point NNSA would have to lower its spending for the second half of the year to 12 less than requested in order to finish the year within budget That would be a big hard cut Then very likely spending would have to be raised again the following year whiplashing everybody So any temporary big increases are very likely to become permanent big increases which is of course why the letter is being written To put it crudely the import of the Turner Heinrich s letter is forget the appropriations process just give NNSA and its labs the money they want Let the nuclear weapons program write its own ticket because like the military it is special and above the vagaries of congressional deliberation This is very dangerous Said differently Heinrich s letter asking for far more appropriations than approved by the two appropriations committees can be seen as a powerful end run that would short circuit the careful balancing which goes into the appropriations process This process is very far from perfect but it does balance a variety of interests and it is also the primary way Congress has oversight of the nuclear weapons complex which is about 95 privatized and dominated by just a very few huge contracts pdf In the case the three laboratories these contracts extended as they routinely are run into the tens of billions of dollars New Mexico s two senators are also fully supportive of privileging nuclear weapons at the expense of other Energy and Water priorities as prior bulletins have frequently documented I have no idea of what they are all thinking but if they were thinking much at all about the terrible tradeoffs involved I would be surprised Supporting any and all spending at New Mexico s nuclear weapons laboratories has become reflexive for the New Mexico delegation who often seem more like employed marketing consultants and lobbyists than elected representatives as far as the labs are concerned Journalists have called our senators the senators from the labs If you are interested the previous letter from Democrats only that successfully requested a special exemption for NNSA nuclear weapons programs is excerpted below It was addressed to Rep Paul Ryan House Budget Committee Chairman and was necessary because the Republican controlled House saw no need for such a special exemption for nuclear

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  • Bulletin #128: Senate funders would (re-) start construction of $6 B plutonium fortress in Los Alamos, Sept 8, 2011
    Snodgrass http www santafenewmexican com Local 20News Senate committee OKs boost in nuke weapons funding Bingaman LANL needs to make warhead triggers KSFR News audio Bill DuPuy http www publicbroadcasting net ksfr news newsmain action article ARTICLE ID 1849882 The Journal article repeats a factual error made by Chairwoman Feinstein in which she claimed the nuclear posture review and discussions about the new START treaty somehow forced the committee to fund the nuclear weapons priorities it did Sen Dianne Feinstein a California Democrat who chairs the subcommittee said the budget increases approved by the committee should be sufficient to meet national security needs The increase follows the highest priorities identified in the nuclear posture review and developed during the discussions about the new START treaty Feinstein said at the hearing She also pointed out that much of the weapons modernization spending is mandated by treaties or existing federal law highlighting spending for new nuclear materials buildings at Los Alamos and at Oak Ridge in Tennessee Feinstein who has opposed efforts to expand America s nuclear weapons capabilities in the past noted that the mandatory weapons spending erodes money for other projects I have to point out this is mandatory spending she said The increases in security spending come at the expense of nondefense water and energy projects In other words the White House and Senate Republicans made me do it Funding and building CMRR is a negotiated outcome and no kind of legal requirement or mandate Newspapers should not allow Ms Feinstein to get away with this sort of misrepresentation It happens all the time I believe in her case that she really does want to do the right thing at some level but there is a system or net of passivity that runs from the White House to her to her hard working personal and committee staff and on to journalists and to us It was a Republican majority in the House who said in the corresponding report that has now passed the House as a whole pdf discussed here Project 04 D 125 Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement CMRR Los Alamos National Laboratory The Committee recommends 200 000 000 100 000 000 below the budget request The Committee fully supports the Administration s plans to modernize the infrastructure but intends to closely review the funding requests for new investments to ensure those plans adhere to good project management practices The latest funding profile provided to the Committee indicates that over half the funding requested for the Nuclear Facility would be used to start early construction activities The recommendation will support the full request for design activities but does not provide the additional funding to support early construction The NNSA is not prepared to award that project milestone since it must first resolve major seismic issues with its design complete its work to revalidate which capabilities are needed and make a decision on its contracting and acquisition strategies p 131 So while Republicans are asking these and other fundamental

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  • Bulletin #127: PLEASE ACT NOW, as the Senate moves toward cutting Obama's proposed increases in warhead spending, Sept 6, 2011
    who hunger and are not fed those who are cold and not clothed This world in arms is not spending money alone It is spending the sweat of its laborers the genius of its scientists the hopes of its children This is not a way of life at all in any true sense Under the cloud of threatening war it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron Today it is not just these precious resources which are being spent Our bizarre and self destructive preoccupation with nuclear weapons is a direct theft from solar energy wind energy home weatherization climate protections and the jobs that would come from those priorities This committee was given 31 625 billion to spend and today s markup is the way they propose to do it To get an idea of the trade offs involved in today s proposed legislation see Senator Feinstein s press release The following table summarizes the nuclear weapons portion of the markup in comparison to this year s enacted funding level the Administration s request and the House proposal discussed further at Bulletin 118 The shaded portion must wait for later Nuclear Weapons Activities markups in millions of dollars as of 9 6 11 FY2011 Enacted FY2012 Request FY2012 House approved by House FY2012 SEWD not yet approved by Senate 6 896 40 7 589 38 7 091 66 7 190 00 Change from FY2011 692 98 195 26 3 293 60 4 Change from FY 2012 Request 497 72 7 399 38 5 CMRR includes RLUOB NF both buildings 225 00 300 00 200 00 Change from FY 2012 Request 100 00 in early construction funds no FY2012 CMRR NF construction allowed I think Weapons Activities is overfunded for its mission by approximately a factor of two It might also be that few would work in the warhead complex if salaries were not egregiously high Over the weekend we sent an informal but somewhat detailed update to the press with ten main headings which you may also wish to at least skim as you prepare to act It contains an update on our legal appeal discussion of CMRR NF as a job creator it is not and several other topics along with a recent op ed by Willem Malten If you check our CMRR web page weekly you can keep up with the news fairly well Since the last Bulletin we have posted the following Press background and update on CMRR NF Sep 4 2011 Appellant s Opening Brief 285KB Aug 31 2011 Pit Stop US House budget would curtail LANL funding Santa Fe Reporter Aug 31 2011 Trish has added a new feature to our web site which allows you to be notified as new material is added PLEASE ACT NOW The seemingly immovable boulder is moving and we hope you will put your shoulders into the effort now What we want you to do is simple enough in principle though it is as rich and full

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  • Bulletin #126: Thanks to many for wonderful benefit last week; events coming
    into ourselves examine our lives and find what it is I can do we can do and what you and I can do together Leave the third grammatical person in favor of the first person who is the actor we need to be most concerned about and the second person the one to whom we listen and speak As a first approximation we can forget the rest If you want to work with us please contact us in any of the ordinary ways see the bottom of this email If you or your friends wish to help financially here is our secure donation portal Please write Trish if you are interested in becoming a sustaining monthly donor or to make any special arrangements You can mail a check which saves us about 5 to the address at the bottom of this email 2 No meetings in Santa Fe until Tuesday September 27 We are moving to a monthly not a weekly schedule in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque Several of us will speak or meet in other places as invited and time allows On Tuesday September 27 we will meet at St John s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe to host a panel discussion regarding our deteriorating economic prospects together with some of the policies that could address that and the rest of the related converging crises we face We will meet in a much larger room the Gathering Room than the one in which we have been meeting The following evening Wednesday 9 28 11 we aim to hold a similar discussion in Albuquerque We are awaiting confirmation on the hall In this regard some of you may imagine the New Mexico economy will just keep puttering along that when the recession is over and the economy gathers steam the tourists will come back that the White House and the Republicans have some plans somewhere to restart the economy I think you would be wrong about all those things We can halt at least some of the most destructive elements of our slide but it will take a concerted effort As an aside I cannot help repeating that the proposed CMRR Nuclear Facility the proposed new pit factory will create very few jobs You knew that of course It is a totally socialist command economy project that also happens to create no useful goods services or productive infrastructure for our economy It draws in no private investment builds no new manufacturing sculpts no new civil society institutions educates no new generation and offers no products for sale It gives us no good story to tell our grandchildren instead it offers secrecy moral incoherence and a suspended intention of mass destruction the so called credible deterrent But let s not think we are better or more pure than the people who make bombs to feed their families We aren t We are in this situation together As far as the rest of the economy goes

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  • Bulletin #125: "What can I do?" August 22, 2011
    at the articles and press releases You already know the committee assignments of your congressional delegation or you can easily look them up so you know that if say you are in California Senator Feinstein is particularly important We don t have all the talking points you need laid out in an easy fill in the blanks template but we all need to make this information our own anyway It s critical that we do so Ready made cookie cutter approaches are worse than nothing at all because they take the place of real involvement and no zero effect on lawmakers and the political process Any organization that asks you to sign a petition to Obama or some other such garbage needs serious reform or if that fails a cold shoulder If you know of New Mexico businesses who want to join with other businesses in a public statement against CMRR please contact Trish Such an effort is already underway The businesses you contact or perhaps your own will not be alone Act quickly please because this train is already moving Between now and September 30 the balance of military social and environmental spending by the federal government is being renegotiated in an especially explicit way The fate of Obama s nuclear weapons buildup is hanging in the balance at least provisionally Meanwhile most of the channels by which meaningful effective political conversations occur in the U S are now thoroughly blocked That means we will have to go around them quite possibly by meeting outside in the streets on a recurrent long term basis evolving the material and social basis of such engagement as we go Think about it Will your local newspaper or TV station explain the issues in any way that will help you effectively communicate with your congressional delegation No not in time unless you give them some reason to do so Don t wait Act even if your action has to be poorly planned History is changing rapidly and most efforts will be overtaken by events OBE Reach out to the news media directly In New Mexico talk to editors about how to turn around the lack of information about CMRR the largest government project in the history of New Mexico since the interstate highway system was built and one of the most evil not to put too fine a point on it Why is it effectively an open secret not openly discussed or written about and what shall we do about that We strongly suspect many news editors and publishers want this facility built and are actively suppressing reportage and hence rational discussion about it The shadow side of CMRR if it goes forward there will be no big push for green jobs and renewable energy for us Is it really that simple Basically yes Because of the scale of CMRR the two directions are politically and fiscally incompatible especially for us in New Mexico And that means no decent economic future for us

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