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October 19, 2007

Gov. Bill in Boulder City - October 2

Albuquerque Journal Staff Writers John Fleck and Jeff Jones, in an article titled, “Gov. Bill vs. Candidate Bill Richardson,” exposed a letter sent to eight members of Congress in which Gov. Richardson
objected to:

a proposed 3.2 percent cut in the budget of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which funds work at Sandia and Los Alamos national labs in New Mexico. Together, the two nuclear weapons labs employ 22,000 people, most of them in New Mexico and the majority of them working on nuclear weapons programs. The threat to cut the labs' budget, would signify cuts to these most important national security resources.

On the same day Gov. Richardson appeared at an event in Boulder City, a perfect opportunity for him clarify the conflicting statements he had made denouncing the development of new nuclear programs.
So I asked him the following:

Gov. Richardson, I want to thank you for taking a consistently strong stand against the development of new nuclear weapons. However, I was disappointed to see your letter today’s Albuquerque Journal opposing cuts to nuclear weapons labs in to the Los Alamos lab, in NM, a facility that develops and produces nuclear weapons. Can you clarify your seemingly contradictory position on this issue?

To which he began by talking about the long history of Los Alamos and other labs in New Mexico. Then he went on to say how he's opposed to nuclear weapons development, how we should negotiate an end to nuclear non-proliferation and that there are 10,000 types of nukes around. Someone else in the audience followed by asking his position on nuclear waste storage. The Governor noted his long opposition to build a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. Gov. Richardson also said that he opposes alternatives to Yucca Mountain, and the creation of regional storage sites, "because of the transportation issue." Instead, he said he would order national laboratories to research nuclear waste disposal. The Presidential hopeful concluded his discussion by saying that we should be the world’s conscious, not the world’s police.

Richardson’s campaign spokesperson Tom Reynolds, said that the Gov. "continues to be the hardest-working advocate for New Mexico and its residents. His record speaks for itself." Maybe a point of reference for the Governor would be to begin taking clearer position on what’s right for the nation’s foreign policy, and not only when it’s popular to do so in his state.




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