NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND NUCLEAR POWER

NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND NUCLEAR POWER
Laurie Dobson’s Responses………………………………...……….3

Herb Hoffman’s Responses………………………………………….6

Tom Ledue’s Responses………………………………………….….7

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1. Do you support the research and/or development of new U.S. nuclear weapons? No, I think research should go into the development of energy which does not enhance nuclear weapons production. That said, I do think there is a future for safe methods of non-weapon style production of energy, such as pebble-bed nuclear technology. I do not think we should eliminate research for this type of scientific endeavor but we should strongly support the research which will contribute to the advancement of energy projects worldwide. This signals our peaceful intent--that we will share energy-production research endeavors and the conclusions generated by such study. There can be specific encouragement of renewable energy development but we must look at the long term consequences of such study and their environmental impacts. 2. Do you support the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide? Yes.

I emphatically do support the elimination of nuclear weapons. We must provide deterrents. Look at the current treaties and pacts emerging in the developing countries: Russia, India, China, and Japan. We must work to actively participate in the development, by peaceful means, of the countries of the world and work to advance their sovereignty, not work to suppress them. Nuclear weaponry against any nation is abhorrent, and considering its use against smaller countries we vastly overpower is unacceptable, ineffective and inhumane. I disagree with the massive retaliation proposal modeled by Clinton and believe there is a better way as I have articulated above.
3. Would you vote to enforce the agreements of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty, specifically in light of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal? Yes. India is now joining with Iran in contracts for oil, and

so is Switzerland. These are emblematic of our failed policies. We are not making the world safer by helping countries to advance their nuclear weapons program. There must be
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another, better way and I believe it is through a program of mutual advancement--sovereign countries working to advance the interests of others. Such is true friendship, as it truly models peaceful intent, and is the way the world is now turning. This we must recognize and participate with, for it is the world's hope for peace with which we must align ourselves
4. Would you vote to renew the funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program? No I am against expansion of our

nuclear arsenal and believe we must work to draw down our nuclear weapon base. I think our country's hope is to build on our diplomacy at all levels and to be a better world neighbor by creating and producing the kinds of goods needed by other developing countries-- to partner with them to help them to develop, not to keep them underdeveloped. Threats are ineffective methods of suppressing terrorism—they don’t address the root cause, which I believe is the world's answer to our attempts to control the progress of other nations.
5. Would you vote to enable the implementation of the Bush Administration’s Complex Transformation plan? In this way lies

destruction. I believe as I stated above that we must find an entirely different way of working in the world. The declining dollar is a symptom of our failure to provide true world leadership. I believe it shows our lack of understanding of how to address the challenge we face in responding to the world post-9/ll.

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6. Do you support the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository? No.

I believe we must not store our nuclear waste in one area, which makes that site a concentration of dangerous materials. I think we must find a better method for storage of material and work to end the source of the problem. This requires that we do not enable inappropriate methods of control which will encourage future development of this method of self-defense. 7. Do you believe that nuclear power is a safe and viable energy alternative to fossil fuels? Currently no, not sufficiently. There is the potential with pebble-bed technology, however, and research should continue. We must ensure the safety of any energy policy which we plan to develop as a widespread response to our energy requirements. However, we face a true emergency in the ability to provide the means for our own energy needs and it takes a long time to develop nuclear power so I think we must continue to actively explore the safe potential for this and other energy sources. Research is vital. Conservation is key.

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1. Do you support the research and/or development of new U.S. nuclear weapons? No. 2. Do you support the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide? Yes. 3. Would you vote to enforce the agreements of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty, specifically in light of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal? Yes. 4. Would you vote to renew the funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program? No. 5. Would you vote to enable the implementation of the Bush Administration’s Complex Transformation plan? No. I am for the elimination of all nuclear weapons and a prohibition on the development of more weapons. 6. Do you support the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository? No, but the problem of nuclear waste disposal for existing nuclear facilities must be solved. 7. Do you believe that nuclear power is a safe and viable energy alternative to fossil fuels? No.

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1. Do you support the research and/or development of new U.S. nuclear weapons? No. We must work to send a message of

peace to all nations with our actions. How can we ask Iran not to build a bomb if we keep making them?
2. Do you support the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide? Yes.

We must set this ideal and work towards it.
3. Would you vote to enforce the agreements of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty, specifically in light of the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal? Yes. We need a world with fewer nuclear weapons, not

more. If we want to improve our own security, we must strive for non-proliferation.
4. Would you vote to renew the funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program? No. We must work toward a world

that has fewer and fewer nuclear weapons. This program sends the wrong message to the world. How can we ask other countries not to develop nuclear weapons if we continue to improve or develop more of our own?
5. Would you vote to enable the implementation of the Bush Administration’s Complex Transformation plan? No. It deepens our

commitment to nuclear weapons and costs, by some estimates, $150 Billion Dollars that will not be invested into the great non-military needs of our country. It also sends the wrong message to the rest of the world.

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6. Do you support the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository?

Yes. Yucca Mountain has some role in storing at least some of our nuclear waste if it is deemed safe to do so. We must be wary of the risks of transporting nuclear waste around the nation and the long-term risks of storing nuclear waste anywhere.
7. Do you believe that nuclear power is a safe and viable energy alternative to fossil fuels? No. Beyond the inherent safety and

nuclear proliferation issues, nuclear power cannot provide our communities with the long-term energy and economic security that they need. We must invest in solar, wind, geothermal, and sea-based hydro-power. If these industries had received the same support as the nuclear industry, we would be well on the way to developing a green energy grid in this country and we could be leading the world in that same direction to the betterment of all.

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