Bush to Unleash Nuclear Genie

Progressive Democrats of America, Feb. 26, 2008

If you thought the Bush administration couldn’t get any scarier, they have a new surprise for you: In a dangerous precedent, the administration wishes to grant India an exemption from the long-standing nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Fortunately, Rep. Howard Berman (Dem., CA 28th) has introduced H. Res. 711, and you can help by taking action here. H. Res. 711 attempts to hold the administration accountable not only to common sense but to the Hyde Act (“United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation act of 2006”, which President Bush himself signed into law on December 18, 2006.

H. Res. 711 resolves there be no change to nuclear guidelines relating to India until the administration addresses inconsistencies between its new nuclear cooperation agreement and the Hyde Act. The full text of the resolution also notes, among several sobering points, that “an unqualified exemption for India would create a strong incentive for India to negotiate nuclear cooperation agreements with other countries…”

For a fascinating, closer look at the players and factors in the global nuclear game, see this excellent chart from the Carnegie Endowment.

Please help keep the nuclear genie bottled up as much as possible. Take action! Tell your Congressman to vote for H. Res. 711. Send a message by clicking here.

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