The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today moved its Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds to midnight, the closest to the doomsday strike of midnight that it has ever been.
In its statement, the Bulletin said, “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond.”
The Bulletin’s warning today underscores what I have been saying in my campaign.
Nuclear War – I am the only candidate for president (since Mike Gravel withdrew) with an aggressive program for nuclear disarmament. I am calling for the US to adopt a policy of No First Use of nuclear weapons, to unilaterally disarm to a Minimum Credible Deterrent, and, on the basis of those tension-reducing initiatives, seek urgent negotiations among the nuclear powers for complete, mutual, and global nuclear disarmament. That is what 122 non-nuclear countries called for two years ago in adopting the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The US should align with those countries in an international push for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Climate Change – The Ecosocialist Green New Deal I have proposed would initiate a crash program to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and achieve 100% clean energy by 2030 in the US, which the science-based carbon budgets indicate rich countries must do to avert climate catastrophe. The climate challenge is global, but the US will have no success in persuading and helping other countries make the energy transition until it is doing so itself.
Cyberwar – I am calling for the US to take Russia up on its offers, rejected by the Bush and Obama administrations, to negotiate a cybersecurity treaty with provisions for deconfliction, verification, and inspection processes like those employed in peace and arms control treaties. The US should seek to expand cybersecurity treaties to include all countries win order to remove the threat of cyberwar to peace and democracy.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has now moved the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight in three of the last four years. In 2017, the Bulletin moved the clock from three minutes to two and a half minutes. In 2018, the clock moved two minutes to midnight. Today it moved to 1 minute, 40 seconds to midnight.
Real solutions can’t wait!