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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:16 AM

Nuclear scientist argues for refurbishing, not replacing Minuteman III missiles

Frank von Hippel knows a thing or two about nuclear arms.

More than two dozen trips to Moscow during the Cold War and a lifetime of research as a nuclear scientist at an Ivy League university means that when he talks about nuclear arms, people listen. He was credited with being instrumental in the efforts to decrease the number of nuclear weapons in the waning days of the Soviet Union.

After the missile treaties were signed, von Hippel had thought his work in nuclear arms may be finishing. But now, nearly 40 years later, as more countries developed nuclear technology, he’s finding many of the old arguments, policies and battles are far from done.

“I myself thought that once the Cold War ended that it would end the threat of nuclear war,” von Hippel said. “We didn’t go to zero like I thought. We didn’t even get close. After the (arms reduction treaties between the U.S. and the Soviet Union) I thought, ‘It’s all over. What am I going to do next?’ But now we need a new group of physicists to get to the issue.

“There was a whole generation in the 1980s and 1990s that had a sophisticated Congress which understood these issues. Now, I worry that if there’s a prospect of contractors and jobs to be had in their state, they’ll line up.”

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 07:47 AM

1. melt them down or hook them up to the grid until they're spent

we don't need that shite on this planet. You want to blow something up - buy a balloon. You want to fight the Russians - good luck with that. You want to fight the Chinese? how fucking insane is it to fight the people that make ALL OUR STUFF.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:05 AM

2. I get it that you want to rid the world of nuclear weapons

However, you can't "melt them down" or "hook them up to the grid," whatever that means. Do you mean the electrical grid? Nuclear weapons use very different technology than nuclear reactors.


ETA: So far, the only thing our scientists can do with spent fuel rods and any other nuclear material is busy in salt caverns in the American West.

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Response to PJMcK (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:10 AM

3. Well we don't want to waste the plutonium do we?

melt it down, make it into fuel rods. You think that can't be done? If not, yeah, the salt caverns are where they should go. Don't think this stalemate will last forever. It won't.

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