Saving Lives and Taxpayer Dollars
We could help save millions of lives and billions of tax dollars by reducing Cold War era nuclear weapons systems and redirecting a tiny fraction of that money to helping provide millions access clean water and sanitation.
Nearly 800 million men, women and children don’t have access to clean drinking water, and the 2.5 billion lack even the most basic sanitation services, resulting in 3.4 million deaths per year, most of them children. It also has a disproportionate effect on women, who, in developing countries, walk an average of 3.7 miles every day to get water. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 40 billion working hours are lost each year in Africa alone to gather water.
Meanwhile, ten year estimates on the cost of our nuclear arsenal range between $470 and $700 billion, which is more than the federal government will spend on education over the next five years. These weapons systems that are dangerous, haven’t been used in 69 years, and are ill suited to the security challenges that we face today.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer believes there is a better way.
Earl’s legislation, the Reduce Expenditures in Nuclear Investments Now (REIN-IN) Act of 2014, would save $100 billion over the next 10 years by reducing or eliminating unnecessary nuclear weapons programs. A small portion of those savings could be reinvested into USAID and save millions of lives by helping get people access to clean water and sanitation all over the world. Earl’s Water for the World Act helps focus USAID resources where they will be the most impactful and save the most lives.