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- Released July 12, 2010
Plutonium Wastes from the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex
Characterization of radioactive wastes at nuclear weapons sites can reduce fissile material uncertainties necessary for deep nuclear arms reductions while serving to protect the human environment. In this regard, a preliminary estimate based on waste characterization data indicates that from 1944 to 2009 about 12.7 metric tons of plutonium was discarded at U.S. nuclear weapon production facilities. This is more than three times than the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) last official estimate of waste losses (3.4 tons) made in 1996.
- Released June 17, 2010
Taxing the Wall Street Casino
Very small taxes on trades of stock, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments would help curb speculation and generate massive revenues for urgent needs. This report looks at how such taxes could’ve made a difference if they’d been in place before recent financial fiascos, such as the May 6 stock market “flash crash.” It also rebuts common arguments against the tax.
- Released June 15, 2010
The IPS Annual Report 2009
The Institute’s 35 public scholars united behind a new strategy of building “outside” pressure among activists for key changes, supplemented by an “inside” strategy of delivering analysis and fresh ideas directly to policymakers in Congress and the new administration. By the end of the year, the Institute’s “inside/outside” strategy would lead staff into high-level meetings at the White House, the Capitol, and the Pentagon, as well as into the streets of Washington, Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East, and Asia, and onto the editorial pages of newspapers across our country.
- Released May 20, 2010
Testimony: The Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Testing
The radiological legacy of U.S. nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands remains to this day and will persist for many years to come.
- Released April 7, 2010
The scene has become depressingly familiar. A governor — or a mayor or a county executive — steps to the podium and somberly intones the necessity of making "hard choices" and "living within our means." The elected leader then proceeds to announce prodigious budget cuts that will overcrowd classrooms, furlough public employees, and deny medications to poor families.
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