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Congresspersons Schakowsky and Quigley on Why Americans Should Still Care About Nuclear Weapons

During the Cold War, nuclear weapons, and the threat they posed to humanity, provided major headlines for American news, and was a major concern of most Americans. The U.S. and Russia still possess thousands of nuclear weapons that could destroy the world, many times over. Also, according to research, “the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons...a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute.” Yet today in the U.S., media coverage of nuclear weapons is sparse, and they don’t list as a major priority for Americans. Many experts and leaders believe Americans must put the nuclear threat at the top of their priorities. To discuss, we’ll talk with Illinois Congresspersons, Jan Schakowsky (9th Dist.) and Mike Quigley (5th Dist.). Joining them is Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund, co-director of the Global Security Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). They’ll all participate in a panel discussion, hosted by UCS, on nuclear weapons and U.S. policy on Monday, July 9, 11am at Chicago’s  University Club, 76 E. Monroe.

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