Each April, Dr. Bob Dodge, of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions and Physicians for Social Responsibility, calculates the cost of nuclear weapons to our communities.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS TAXES FOR APRIL 15, 2014
Total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57 billion
CALCULATE YOUR INDIVIDUAL OR COMMUNITY COSTS AS FOLLOWS
In 2013, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every man, every woman, even every child in the United States, was $180.00. This is based on a national average annual income of $28,051.00
INDIVIDUAL TAX CONTRIBUTION
If your income is different from this, you can calculate your income modifier by dividing your income by the national average. For example: your income $ / $28,051.00 = your modifier.
Multiply this amount by $180.00 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year.
Your modifier x $180.00 = Your Nuclear Weapons Tax Contribution
COMMUNITY TAX CONTRIBUTION
In Ventura County, the average cost per person was even higher, because Ventura County per capita income, hence tax contribution, is higher than the national average.
The per capita income multiplier (pcim) for Ventura County is 1.17
(see source 1 below)
1.17 x $180.00 = $210.60 per person
The population of Ventura County is 835.981 (source 1)
To determine Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons cost, multiply $210.60 x 835,981 = $176,057,600.00
Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons Programs Community Cost is $176,057,600.00
CALCULATE THE COST TO YOUR COMMUNITY
If you don’t live in Ventura County you can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:
$180.00 X pcim X your population = community cost
To determine pcim (per capita income multiplier) for your community refer to source 1 listed below: find per capita income for your county, divide by national per capita income.
i.e. average per capita income in your county ÷ national per capita average = pcim for your county
Population figures for your community can also be found in source 1
To see examples of this calculation for various communities, see http://www.c-p-r.net/cost-of-nuclear-weapons/
DOCUMENTATION AND SOURCES
The national average nuclear cost per person of $180.00 was obtained by dividing total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57 billion (see sources 2, 3) by the total U.S. population of 316,128,839 (see source 1)
$57,000,000,000.00 ÷ 315,128,839 = $180.00
- U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
- U.S. ‘2013 Budget – working
- Stephen Schwartz- Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities (2009). – Personal Communication
- Congressional Budget Office (www.cbo.gov/site) – “Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023” – Report Dec. 2013
U.S. Department of Defense
Center for Defense Information
Nuclear Weapons Costs Notes
This cost assessment is a best estimate of all costs related to the existence of nuclear weapons. This is complicated by the fact that there is no budget “line item” for nuclear weapons expenditures. Costs are spread between multiple programs and departments. The figure includes the costs of developing and maintaining nuclear weapons arsenals including their delivery systems and weapons modernization. In addition “other nuclear related costs” directly related to nuclear weapons and their existence include environmental cleanup efforts and health costs – so called “nuclear legacy programs”, arms control-related work, and a system of defenses against nuclear attack. The added costs of classified programs and non-budgeted new systems are not included in these calculations.
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Ventura County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $176,057,600.00