|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:49:05 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] ENERGY: "Greenwashing the Pentagon"|
Greenwashing the Pentagon opinion by Joseph Nevins Truthout June 13, 2010As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, just one of many manifestations of perilous ecological degradation across the planet, the need to challenge war and militarism - especially in terms of the United States - becomes ever-more pressing. The U.S. military is the world's single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth's climate.
The costs of U.S. militarism and war are high and many. In addition to the growing civilian and military death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example, total monies appropriated by Congress for the two wars surpassed the one-trillion-dollar mark on May 30th. Among other would-be purchases, such an enormous sum could provide 294,734,961 people with health care for one year, according to the Northampton, Massachusetts-based national Priorities Project. (1) Instead, the monies are dedicated to death and destruction - all in the name of "national security" - greatly enriching military contractors in the process.
For the entire column, see http://www.truth-out.org/greening-pentagon60385 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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