Abolish Nuclear Weapons via The New York Times

To the Editor:

Kudos to Alan Robock and Owen Brian Toon for re-sounding the alarm on nuclear winter (“Let’s End the Peril of Nuclear Winter,” Op-Ed, Feb. 11).

Addressing the unique danger posed by nuclear weapons should be an urgent political and social issue, yet nukes seem somehow to have transformed from a monstrous threat to just part of the furniture in the room decades after the end of the Cold War.

The writers seem to lack the courage of their conviction, however. They call for President Obama — who, despite having espoused global nuclear disarmament, has proposed a 30-year, $1 trillion program to “modernize” all facets of the United States nuclear arsenal — to reduce our nuclear weapons to 1,000. Yet Mr. Robock and Mr. Toon state that the explosion of only 100 nuclear weapons could “produce climate change unseen in recorded human history.”

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