Monday, May 20, 2013

The Cost of Nuclear Weapons

            Here is an interesting fact hidden in David MacKay’s wonderful book “SustainableEnergy without the Hot Air.”  I quote:

The financial expenditure by the USA on manufacturing and deploying nuclear weapons from 1945 to 1996 was $5.5 trillion (in 1996 dollars).  Nuclear-weapons spending over this period exceeded the combined total federal spending for education; agriculture; training, employment, and social services; natural resources and the environment; general science, space and technology; community and regional development (including disaster relief); law enforcement; and energy production and regulation.

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