Our View: Early budget work needs work

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By Ralph Damiani

The proposals coming from the House Appropriators Committee were a mixed bag and a bit hard to understand.

While adding millions to energy and water work, it cut out work on the lab’s Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility. This is hard to understand.

You can argue that we don’t need a huge new stockpile of nuclear weapons, that is fine. But to say we need no work, no production, no research seems foolish to us.

We agree that more work needs to be done on energy research, including efforts to make better batteries. But that is being done at LANL. Fund it better.

But why does such necessary work have to be done at the expense of other important actions? And like it or not, being prepared for nuclear deterrent is necessary work. Why cannot members of Congress take off their blinders and see that?

Yes, yes, we get it when you talk about nuclear bombs and all that. But the CMR facility is more than that. To scrap it seems like throwing the baby out with the bath water.

There is more to the facility than just work on the Reliable Replacement Warhead – which is not a primary Los Alamos project anyway – or on other missiles.

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