The Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a collection of concerned citizens who join a growing and diverse group of leaders and fellow citizens from across the political spectrum who believe that now is the time for the United States to lead the world in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Toward this end we direct our mission:
- To broaden and intensify public awareness of the continuing danger of nuclear weapons, locally, nationally, and globally
- To promote public discussion about steps toward the abolition of nuclear weapons
- To encourage civic action for a nuclear weapons-free world
Thursday, April 3, 2014. Matthew McKinzie, Senior Scientist, Nuclear Program with the National Resources Defense Council will be visiting Utah. There are two chances to hear his talk:
“Nuclear Deterrence in President Obama’s United States and in President Putin’s Russia: Echoes from the Cold War and Unfinished Business.”
- Thursday, April 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Pizza and Politics in the Hinckley Institute Caucus Room (OSH 255), University of Utah, 260 Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
- Thursday, April 3, 2:20-3:45 p.m. in the Library Auditorium (LI 120), Utah Valley University,
800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058.
Matthew McKinzie holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student performing research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Matthew first became interested in finding solutions to the problems posed by nuclear weapons. Before joining NRDC’s Nuclear Program in 1997, Matthew was a postdoctoral associate at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University where he was first introduced to public policy work. At NRDC, Matthew has focused his advocacy in the areas of nuclear power and the consequences of nuclear accidents, non-proliferation and arms control. His first major project for NRDC was to perform computer simulations of the US nuclear war plan–research that introduced him to Geographic Information Systems or GIS. Since 2005 Matthew has also been on the staff of NRDC’s Lands and Wildlife Program where he has applied GIS to NRDC’s work on the impacts of oil and gas extraction on wilderness and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region and utility-scale renewable energy siting in the US West. Matthew is married to Dr. Esther Schwartz-McKinzie and they have two children, Noah and Sarah.
Email our Utah Senators asking them to take a leadership role in supporting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)
Click here to contact Senator Orrin Hatch
Click here to contact Senator Mike Lee
CTBT Talking Points
- Because so many Utahns were adversely affected by radiation exposure from nuclear fallout and radiation exposure, the CTBT is a priority for a large number of Utah citizens.
- The CTBT will not come up for a vote unless a Republican Senator takes the lead in promoting it. This is what we are asking our Utah Senators to do. We need Senators Hatch and Lee to not just sign on to the Treaty but to champion the CTBT.
- The treaty bans nuclear testing everywhere on the planet with the purpose of obstructing the initial development of nuclear weapons or the development of more advanced systems.
- The treaty was signed by President Clinton in 1996, but rejected by the Senate in 1999. (Hatch was one of the senators voting against ratification. Lee first supported the CTBT but then withdrew his support when he was running for office in 2010.)
- The treaty has yet to enter into force since all the 44 States with nuclear technology at the time the Treaty was negotiated must sign and ratify the treaty for that to happen. Only nine States have failed to do this, the United States being one of them. (China, DPRK, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, and Pakistan are the other countries.)
- Russia and all NATO members except for the United States have signed and ratified the Treaty.
- In 1992, a U.S. moratorium on nuclear weapons testing was initiated which remains in force today.
- There is no military justification for resuming testing in order to maintain the reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.
- The international verification regime has the ability to adequately monitor compliance with the Treaty.
- Nuclear weapons do not seem to be a reliable deterrent to terrorist threats.
RECOMMENDED READINGS FOR THE MONTH:
The Status of the CTBT by Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of ACA — November 2013
New Support for the CTBT by Steven Pifer, Director Arms Control and Non-proliferation Initiative — March 2012