Despite its primary role as a center for the development of nuclear weapons, the Livermore Lab also makes substantial contributions to civilian science.
Take for example the Lab's work on climate science, which in 2007 resulted in the awarding of a Nobel Prize to 40 lab employees as part of a team contributing to our understanding of anthropomorphic climate change.
This is important work, which in any reasonable society, should substantially impact public policy relating to the use of fossil fuels and clean energy.
However, when one compares the Lab's science budget ($34,920,000) to its nuclear weapons budget ($1,069,973,000) it becomes clear that our government's priorities are severely misplaced.
The cold war is over, and the United States already has enough nuclear firepower to destroy the world many times over; yet the DOE wastes over a billion dollars a year on a useless, and environmentally harmful program.
It is my hope that the Livermore Lab becomes exclusively a center for civilian science, and the funds for its nuclear program are allocated to more useful pursuits.