"The board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States," the scientists said
We’ve Never Been Closer to Nuclear Armageddon
Scientists Blame Trump’s ‘ill-considered’ language
BY DAN VUKELICH
Donald Trump has pushed the “Doomsday Clock” 30 seconds closer to midnight with his bellicose rhetoric, say the people who maintain the Col War-era clock.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, consulting with 15 Nobel laureates, announced the world is at 11:57 and 30 seconds – two and a half minutes from self-destruction because of what they say is Trump’s “ill-considered” statements regarding use and proliferation of nuclear weapons.
It’s the first time in 30 years the scientists have moved the Doomsday Clocks hands closer to midnight – a symbolic representation of when nukes might be used in an international conflict. It’s the first time in the clock’s 70-year history that the minute hand has been this close to midnight.
“In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States,” the scientists said in a statement.
In January 2016, the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand did not change, remaining at three minutes before midnight. The clock was changed in 2015 from five to three minutes to midnight, the closest it had been since the arms race of the 1980s.
The scientists said:
“Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change … This already-threatening world situation was the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism worldwide in 2016, including in a US presidential campaign during which the eventual victor, Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change …The board’s decision to move the clock less than a full minute — something it has never before done — reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days …”