The military's carbon bootprint

Nelson, Joyce
Date Written:  2020-01-30
Publisher:  Watershed Sentinel
Year Published:  2020
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23993

As the biggest single user of fossil fuels, why is the military exempt from the climate discussion?



There is no question that, across the planet, the biggest user of fossil fuels is the military. All those fighter jets, tanks, naval vessels, air transport vehicles, Jeeps, helicopters, humvees, and drones burn massive amounts of diesel, and gas daily, creating vast carbon emissions. So you'd think that discussions about the climate emergency would focus on the military's carbon bootprint, or at least place it at the top of concerns.

But you would be wrong. Aside from a few lonely voices, the military is seemingly exempt from the climate discussion.

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