Kansas City, Here It Comes: A New Nuclear Weapons Plant!

nuclear weapons protestActually, peace activists in Kansas City looked less and less marginalized.  Nearly 5,000 Kansas City residents signed the petition to place the proposition rejecting the nuclear weapons plant on the ballot, giving it considerably more signatures than necessary to appear before the voters.

Naturally, this popular uprising came as a blow to the Kansas City Council, which put forward a measure that would block the disarmament initiative from appearing on the ballot.

At an August 17 hearing on the Council measure, local residents were irate.  “You cannot divorce yourselves from the hideously immoral purpose of these weapons,” one declared, comparing the city’s subsidy for the weapons plant to financing Nazi gas chambers “for the sake of ‘jobs.’”  Referring to the Council’s charter, which provided for the appearance of propositions on the ballot when they secured the requisite number of signatures, the chair of PeaceWorks asked:  “Are we a government of laws or of . . . corporations and special interests?”

lawrence wittnerSince then, the situation has evolved rapidly.  On August 25, the City Council voted 12 to 1 to bar the proposition from the ballot.  The next day, the petitioners went to court to block Council interference.  Honeywell, CPZ, and their friends dispatched a large legal team to Kansas City to fight against the citizens’ initiative, securing a court decision that might delay redress for years. In response, Peace Planters seems likely to speed up the process by crafting a new petition—one that would cut off city funding for the plant. Whatever the outcome, the very fact that such a struggle has emerged indicates that many Americans are appalled by plans to throw their local and national resources into building more nuclear weapons.

Lawrence Wittner
History News Network.


  1. russell says

    I would be fine with a nuclear power plant as long as they use thorium 232 as the fuel, because with thorium its safer and cheaper than uranium 233, there’s no way to make a dirty bomb with the waste. Also the waste has a shorter half life than the waste that comes from uranium power plants.

  2. Skip says

    This is a phoney article! The people in Kansas City welcome this new plant that replaces the one that they are going to shut down! GSA in KCMO already makes these weapons. Really, where was this picture taken, I’ve lived here in KC for 28 years and never saw a protest against the new plant and I watch the news daily. This site has created 1,000’s of construction jobs and permanent jobs after completion. As far as the product they produce, they been making them for decades here! Without having a nuclear weapon as a deterrent, we are all at risk of being attacked. Its kind of like the gun laws, take the guns away from the citizens and the criminals will be the ones with the guns. Then how will you defend yourself, talk to them? Shut up you phoney leftwing nut!

  3. says

    Here in Long Beach, with the same decision mechanisms in play, we almost got stuck with an LNG terminal.

    LB and KC are both examples that illustrate why our needlessly unreasoned, unprecautionary, oligarchic undemocratic public-policy decision making should not be tolerated further as legitimate for our time.

    Public decisions could readily be more reasoned, precautionary and democratic. As I have described elsewhere at greater length and in greater depth, public decision-making could be done by a process of proposal, decision, and review by three independent randomly-selected short-term-serving juries of ordinary willing citizens. Each decision step would generate and publish challengeable rationale for the action taken.

    We can expect to continue getting needlessly bad and corrupted – and poorly rationalized – decisions like apparently the KC decision, so long as these are delegated to an all-powerful oligarchy (elected or appointed) of long-term-serving officials that can’t be thrown out until years after their misdeeds, and not recallable any sooner except after expenditure of many thousands of dollars and activist hours – and even when thrown out or recalled will simply be replaced by other long-term oligarchs.

  4. kellerann says

    Good for the KC community especially construction workers that are so affected by the economy as well as the businesses that will pop up around the are to service the workers post construction and during construction. Good for KC, this should benefit the community for decades to come as well as keep us safer as a nation


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