The Legacy of Nuclear Weapons
The Cold War is over. The U.S. reigns supreme, yet it deploys 9,000 operational nuclear weapons. Price tag aside, the arms program has produced millions of tons of toxic and radioactive waste, massive damage to the environment and untold effects on human health. There is widespread contamination of land and water. Budget monies earmarked for cleanup are cut, while funding for the Trident II missile is approved. The legacy of nuclear weapons is potentially devastating. Long-term Hiroshimas and Nagasakis are being bequeathed to future generations. Interview.
Michio Kaku is professor of Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He’s the author of many books, including To Win a Nuclear War and Hyperspace. In addition to his academic work, Professor Kaku lectures widely and participates in many public forums.