If the carbon footprint of the United States military is measured, the result is alarming: it pollutes more than 140 other countries in the world.
A study conducted by the Royal Geographical Society, affirms that the US military is one of the biggest polluters in history, consuming more liquids and emitting more gases than most countries.
It is organized into an extensive global network ofships, land transport Ycargo planes to supply your operations, from pumps to humanitarian aid and fuel.
Fuel is the "blood of the military" ...
And it is fundamental to the life of the theater of operations.
(US Army Department of Oil and Water, Fort Lee
In 2017, the US Armed Forces bought around 269,230 barrels of oil per day. In the burning of these hydrocarbons, more than 25 thousand kilotonnes of carbon dioxide were emitted into the atmosphere.
These emissionsnot they are accounted for as part of the United States' aggregate emissions after an exemption granted in the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol (which the Bush Administration refused to sign in 2001). This gap had to be rectified by the Paris Agreement, from which the United States has withdrawn.
To try to mitigate its footprint, the military has invested in alternative sources such as biofuels and renewable energy. But their input represents only a small fraction of their fuel spending.
A "green" army?
Wars are one of the most catastrophic human actions for the environment. For this reason, action against climate change requires the closure of several military branches.
Cuts in the Pentagon's budget and in its war capacity would cause a huge drop in demand from the largest fuel consumer.
Likewise, the resources to obtain and distribute the fuel could be spent on actions for peace and to finance a new environmental agreement.. But all this will depend on the 2020 presidential elections.
According to the study, it is also necessary to understand how the supply chains of the United States military organize and operate to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to making changes in the military bureaucracy that make the massive use of hydrocarbons possible.
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