President Trump’s latest threat to start testing of nuclear weapons will destroy the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty that the U.S. has honored since 1996. It has inspired bills in both the U.S. House (H.R. 7140) and Senate (S. 3886) that would prohibit the use of federal funds to prepare for or conduct an explosive nuclear weapon test of any size.
In addition, several members of he House and Senate have signed a letter to President Trump strongly opposing new nuclear testing as a move toward a new world-wide nuclear arms race and increased danger of proliferation of nuclear weapons. (https://go.senate.gov/MQXN). Sen. Diane Feinstein is the only representative from our area who signed this letter, and also the only one who co-sponsored S3886’s concept of no funding for a future explosive nuclear weapons test.
The above resolutions do not prohibit the continued creation and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. They therefore fail to deal with the issue of no first use (see H.R. 669 and 921; S. 206 and 272), and skirt the question of eliminating nuclear weapons as set forth in the United Nations Treat on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (http://www.icanw.org/treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/).
However, prohibiting new testing of nuclear weapons is a step in the right direction that all of our elected representatives should strongly support. We cannot forget the impacts to our health and environment caused by nuclear weapons testing that helped ensure strong support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. We do not want to invite a new and dangerous nuclear arms race.
On Aug. 9, the 75th anniversary of the nuclear weapon bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there will be a free virtual event that will live-stream in our area, and will provide a call to action and reaffirm the many reasons that nuclear weapons must never be used again. In the meantime, let your elected representatives know that preventing new nuclear weapons testing is an issue that they must support to move us toward a nuclear weapons’ free future.