|Source: The Guardian "Hundreds of civilians killed in US-led air strikes on Isis targets" by Alice Ross |
A US-led air strike in October in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State.
Photograph: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Image
Their profit motive, and the corporate control of information media in the U.S., ensure that the Pentagon is conspicuously absent from any discussion of what's causing climate change.
Even without counting the CO2 spew of its contractors, the Pentagon's role is immense. From World Beyond War:
MILITARY AIRCRAFT CONSUME
ABOUT ONE QUARTER OF
THE WORLD’S JET FUEL
Remember President Obama's big speech about the carbon footprint of commercial jet travel? Well, he wasn't talking about the Pentagon's use of jet fuel. Remember that the Democratic Party gets plenty of campaign contributions from war profiteers.
THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
USES MORE FUEL PER DAY
THAN THE COUNTRY OF SWEDEN
Let's see, what does the DOD accomplish in a day vs. the country of Sweden?
|Graphic: Anthony Freda. Used with permission.|
The Pentagon terrorizes children by bombing their homes, schools, and hospitals. So far more than 100 children are believed to have been killed by air strikes aimed at ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Sweden educates them.
Higher education in Sweden is financed largely by tax revenue. Earlier, this applied to all students regardless of nationality. However, in the autumn of 2011 tuition fees were introduced for students from outside the EU/EEA area...To enable students who cannot pay tuition fees to study in Sweden, the Government has allocated resources for two scholarship programmes.
Maybe one of the international students so-educated will discover how to quantify the Pentagon's carbon footprint. The number may be top secret, but that doesn't stop it from fueling the climate change we're all living with.