Global Warming and Global Warring

I have no idea how much fossil fuel is required to power the military-industrial complex is within the US and worldwide, but I have no doubt that it is substantial.

The connections between the military and our energy system would make a fascinating study. I recall how atomic energy began as a spinoff to make nuclear weapons more acceptable. I know that the interstate highway system, which massively subsidized automobile traffic, was initially meant to facilitate military transportation.

I wonder how much we could reduce global warming just by shutting down military. Jimmy Carter is called for a moral equivalent of war to reduce dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

Maybe the road to preventing a climate catastrophe would be the moral equivalent of peace.


3 comments so far

  1. Curtis on

    Hear, hear.

    Great post—succulent and succinct.

  2. Curtis on

    I don’t have the source handy, but I’ve read more than once that the US military is the largest energy-expending organization on the planet. Not hard to fathom.

  3. adam on

    well post that source, curt-ass

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