Last week at the National Defense University at Fort McNair
in Washington, U.S. President George Bush Jr. committed to
freeing the world from the threat of nuclear disasters. But
just how committed is America to the elimination of nuclear
threats facing the world today? To help answer this question
Forget Magazine offers some interesting facts about the historical
progress of nuclear programs in the U.S.
1. The Nuclear Age began in July 1945 when the U.S. tested
the first nuclear bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
2. 1953 Catch phrase for U.S. nuclear power programme: 'Atoms
3. 1985 Forbes magazine phrase used to describe the U.S.
nuclear power programme: 'The largest managerial disaster
in business history.'
4. Between 1948 and 1998, more than $66 billion (unadjusted)
of U.S. federal money was spent on nuclear energy research
5. June 13, 2002 U.S. withdraws from Anti Ballistic Missile
6. Estimated amount of spending on all U.S. nuclear weapons
and weapons-related programs in 1998: $35 billion.
7. Number of U.S. stockpiled nuclear weapons in 1993: 11,536
8. Number of U.S. stockpiled nuclear weapons in 2002: 10,640
9. Number of U.S. nuclear weapons waiting to be dismantled
in 1993: 5246
10. Number of U.S. nuclear weapons waiting to be dismantled
in 2002: 274
11. Amount of money U.S. Senate recently granted to researching
the development of 'mini nukes' in 2004: $7.5 million
12. Number of nuclear waste contaminated clean up sites in
13. Number of acres those clean up sites occupy: > 2 million.
14. In 2001, 104 commercial nuclear generating units were
licensed to operate in the U.S., producing only 20 percent
of the nation's electric energy consumption.
15. Number of times higher the cost of nuclear electricity
is to produce than are other conventional electricity producing
sources: > 4
16. Reported number of accidents in U.S. nuclear power plants
in 1987: 2,810
17. Maximum amount of liability a U.S. nuclear facility can
be held to under the 1957 Price-Anderson Act: $7 billion
18. Estimated cost of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster: >
19. Chance of containing significant nuclear core meltdown
under current design of active nuclear reactors in the U.S.:
20. U.S. federal funds committed to nuclear waste disposal
in 2005: $880 million
21. Department of Energy estimate of how long it would take
to reprocess existing commercial nuclear waste in the U.S.:
22. Estimated cost of reproducing existing nuclear waste
in the U.S.: $280 billion
23. Number of secret emergency facilities built exclusively
for use of the U.S. President if he can't bed down at the
White House after a nuclear war: > 75
24. Estimated amount of U.S. federal funds spent between
October 1, 1992 and October 1, 1995 on nuclear testing activities:
$1.2 billion (0 tests)
25. Number of U.S. nuclear bombs lost and never recovered:
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