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A Nuclear Winter's TaleScience and Politics in the 1980s$
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Lawrence Badash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012720

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001

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Politics and the Arms Race

Politics and the Arms Race

(p.93) 7 Politics and the Arms Race
A Nuclear Winter's Tale

Lawrence Badash

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Freeman Dyson, a physicist and an author, was one of the few who raised the issue of morality in the nuclear winter debate. Virtually silent regarding the subject were the Roman Catholic bishops, theologians, and scholars who had recently addressed concepts of just war, deterrence, and various aspects of the nuclear arms race. The various American “peace” groups were also surprisingly silent, apparently waiting out the technical controversy over nuclear winter before jumping into the political fray. However, nuclear winter would soon get entangled with politics. This chapter examines the politics of the nuclear arms race and the political implications of the work of the TTAPS team at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (comprised of Richard Turco, Owen Brian Toon, Thomas Ackerman, James Pollack, and Carl Sagan).

Keywords:   nuclear winter, politics, nuclear arms race, Richard Turco, Owen Brian Toon, Thomas Ackerman, James Pollack, Carl Sagan

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