[ RadSafe ] News: Physicists denounce aggressive nuclear policy
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Fri Nov 4 14:45:39 CST 2005
Nature 438, 13 (3 November 2005)
Physicists denounce aggressive nuclear policy
More than 700 physicists from around the world have
signed a petition opposing a US policy that would
permit the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear
Spawned during a lunchtime talk at the University of
California, San Diego (UCSD), the petition is being
submitted to US government leaders. Eight Nobel
laureates have signed the petition, which was started
by UCSD physicists Kim Griest and Jorge Hirsch.
The administration of President George W. Bush has
said that, if provoked, it would consider using
nuclear bombs on a country without such weapons.
"Physicists were responsible for these weapons," says
Hirsch, a native of Argentina. "We need to speak out
The petitioners hope to win the support of the
American Physical Society and the International Atomic
Energy Agency at board meetings later this month.
On Oct. 5, 1947, in the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe.
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
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