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$5B on wars in the Middle East over about a dozen years is no problem, though
by asdf on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 06:16:22 PM EST
Well, after all, war is the health of the state, isn't it?

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 07:04:13 PM EST
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US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries - shrinking this war machine is a must
In 2017, the US military bought about 269,230 barrels of oil a day and emitted more than 25,000 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide by burning those fuels. The US Air Force purchased US$4.9 billion worth of fuel, and the navy US$2.8 billion, followed by the army at US$947m and the Marines at US$36m.

It's no coincidence that US military emissions tend to be overlooked in climate change studies. It's very difficult to get consistent data from the Pentagon and across US government departments. In fact, the United States insisted on an exemption for reporting military emissions in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. This loophole was closed by the Paris Accord, but with the Trump administration due to withdraw from the accord in 2020, this gap will will return. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jul 14th, 2019 at 07:35:19 AM EST
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The USA military has also been one of the test beds for renewable energy with a wide variety of ideas like renewably powered forward bases, hydrogen vehicles, green jet and naval fuels, and permanent large-scale  renewably powered neighborhoods in both Texas and Hawaii, among other places.

Not to take exception with your justified criticism which is accurate and on point.

It's the nature of our complicated reality that the profligately wasteful military gushes fossil foolishness it is also helping to make renewables practical and affordable, all at the same time.

I remember an article in Rolling Stone magazine back around 1974 in which Tom Hayden, then with the Solar Lobby, arguing that the Department of Defense could prime the pump for renewables by replacing remote diesel generators with wind and solar.  It was a good idea and is actually, slowly but surely, becoming real.

But then, "Let's blow up an Iranian oil refinery," may not be a remote possibility under the Trmp administration.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Mon Jul 15th, 2019 at 10:46:51 PM EST
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