Counting the Nuclear Weapons Money at Los Alamos

Activists on a cold, windy day in Los Alamos counted the $13 billion in 13,000 mock bills of one million dollar face value, roughly the amount of money proposed for investment over the next ten years for expanded plutonium pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Monday’s count culminated four counting events in Taos, Santa Fe, Socorro, and Los Alamos in coordination with Count the Nuclear Weapons Money action centered in New York—$1 trillion in one million dollar bills—the global nuclear weapons budget for the next 10 years. The buckets in front of the counting table represent how the money could be better spent—on climate protection, just transitions, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), and sustainable development goals rather than the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Sandy Schwartz and Suzie Schwartz, who helped organize the events.

Sandy Schwartz counting the money.
Joni Arends, Executive Director of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, one of the organizers of the events.
Buckets of money where the $13 billion should go.

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