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Monday, May 28, 2012

Bechtel Bringing in the Bacon!

Anonymously contributed: Bechtel Bringing in the Bacon! From the Huffington Post. "The House deliberations gave us a great example. Leading up to the NDAA vote, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees had already canceled funding for a $6 billion plutonium laboratory . The committees agreed with a Pentagon and the National Nuclear Security Administration recommendation that the proposed facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was unnecessary. For once, it seemed reasonable heads had prevailed. It made no sense to put money toward a facility that would produce nuclear warhead components when we already have more than enough components stockpiled, and we're operating under treaties that call for the U.S. to reduce its nuclear arsenal. Then Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) added provisions to the NDAA that took the money for the plutonium lab that had been cut from the Department of Energy's budget and added it to the Department of Defense's budget. Project On Government Oversight (POGO) Executive Director Danielle Brian and Nickolas Roth of the Center for International Security Studies wondered on The Hill's Congress Blog why Turner worked so hard to save a facility that no one else seemed to want. However, if you follow the money, you can see why Turner might have an interest in what happens at Los Alamos. A cursory look at Turner's contributions on OpenSecrets.org during this election cycle show he has received at least $70,000 from companies that either have ties to the Los Alamos National Laboratory or do work in related areas and could conceivably work on future projects with the lab. His contributors include Bechtel and Babcock & Wilcox, which manage the Los Alamos lab." See people stop complainin about Bechtel and others as they are trying to bring in the money for ya all. Democracy at works. You want a piece, than shut up and so nobody com snoopin n nothin.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So does this mean LANL will be taking a $6B cut and there is no hope of this new facility being built? Will this result RIF this time instead of a VSIP / RIF? How will any of this affect LLNL? Got answers ?

Anonymous said...

yes. no. yes.

Anonymous said...

For anyone thinking this new legislation (and hype) will revive CMRR, there's just one slight problem everyone is overlooking, the "upper hand". Presidential (i.e. Obama) Veto!

Anonymous said...

"For anyone thinking this new legislation (and hype) will revive CMRR, there's just one slight problem everyone is overlooking, the "upper hand". Presidential (i.e. Obama) Veto!

May 29, 2012 4:09 AM"

Nothin that a little campaign contribution cant fix.

Anonymous said...

The DoD Progam Manager will reprogram the funds to some DoD shortfall, it will never get to LANL.

These DoD "petit generals" are demigouges who do what they want, which is take care of their pets, even when Congress specifically programs funds elsewhere.

They are ex-military, tough and protecting of their friends, knowing the tricks of the trade, paying lip service to following orders while doing what they want.

Unless LANL develops fealty with DoD, it will see only the appearance of funds, even if components of the stockpile are in desperate need of renewal.

Anonymous said...

O'bams's true colors.

Un-O'bama will assure continuity of the essential force elements.

The choice is obvious.

Anonymous said...

"See people stop complainin about Bechtel and others as they are trying to bring in the money for ya all. Democracy at works. You want a piece, than shut up and so nobody com snoopin n nothin."

Do you clean toilets here at LLNL?

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