Previous posts and comments have already flagged up the various things that might benefit from extra funding were the money ear-marked for renewing Trident rerouted. We’ve already heard about the ‘scrap-Trident-and-eliminate-poverty’ lobby and the ‘scrap-Trident-and-improve-security-intelligence’ argument. Here’s a new one, though: scrap-Trident-and-save-the-environment.
Apparently, there’s an uncanny equivalence between the amount it will cost to renew then maintain Trident for 30 years (according to the Liberal Democrats) and the amount it would cost to guarantee reduction of carbon emissions to acceptable levels by 2030 (according to various scientists and industry experts). And £76bn is the magic number. Some might add that there’s an uncanny equivalence between working towards peace by maintaining nuclear weapons and working towards sustainable development by maintaining economic growth. But those people are far too cynical.