2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:00:11 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENERGY, GLOBAL: Air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan
[I missed this when it aired.  - LS]

Among The Costs Of War: Billions A Year In A.C.?

National Public Radio
June 25, 2011

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion, according to a former Pentagon official.

That's more than NASA's budget. It's more than BP has paid so far for damage from the Gulf oil spill. It's what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

"When you consider the cost to deliver the fuel to some of the most isolated places in the world - escorting, command and control, medevac support - when you throw all that infrastructure in, we're talking over $20 billion," Steven Anderson tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin. He's a retired brigadier general who served as chief logistician for Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq. He's now in the private sector, selling technologies branded as energy-efficient to the Defense Department.

Now it's important to note that wrapped up in Anderson's $20 billion figure are all kind of other expenditures - for instance, the cost of building and maintaining roads in Afghanistan, securing those roads, managing the security operations for those roads. That all costs a lot of money and is part of the overall war effort in Afghanistan.


For the entire story, see
http://www.npr.org/2011/06/25/137414737/among-the-costs-of-war-20b-in- air-conditioning?ps=cprs


Lenny Siegel
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