A bill in the US Congress will seek to forbid President Donald Trump – and any succeeding Commander-in-Chief – from using nuclear weapons to disrupt hurricanes.
A bill in the US Congress will seek to forbid President Donald Trump - and any succeeding Commander-in-Chief - from using nuclear weapons to disrupt hurricanes.
Texas Democrat Sylvia Garcia put the bill forward last week.
The primary aim of the Climate Change and Hurricane Correlation and Strategy Act is to demand the White House report to Congress every five years about plans to combat increased hurricane activity in a period of climate change.
"We know that climate change isn't just warming the Earth, but also changing weather patterns around the globe," Ms Garcia said.
"While we must prepare for worse hurricanes in the future, we also need to be planning on how to reduce greenhouse gases that drive climate change and ultimately greater storm intensity."
But it's the bill's anti-nuclear stipulation that has drawn the most attention.
"My bill also makes sure nuclear weapons can't be used against hurricanes," Ms Garcia said.
"Normally I wouldn't think we'd need to legislate something so obvious, but given remarks this President made in August 2019, apparently, we do."
The idea of using atomic weaponry to disrupt or control storms did not originate with Mr Trump, but has been a fringe proposal for decades.
In 1958 the US even conducted a series of atmospheric tests with atomic weapons - the chief effect of which was the creation of an international treaty banning such experiments.
Axios originally reported last August that Mr Trump made the suggestion at a meeting with top security officials, quoting "unnamed sources" present.
Mr Trump denied it on Twitter soon afterwards.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/donald-trump-nuclear-weapons-hurricanes-congress-bill-to-stop-weapons-use/37abbeba-c541-4281-8bf0-5676488a6131