The next time you hear U.S. politicians say “we don’t have enough money for that…” when talking about education, healthcare, affordable housing or renewable energy, just remember that more than 50% of federal discretionary spending goes to “national defense,” in other words, wars waged in other countries, wars fought in Americans’ names that supposedly keep the U.S. safe.
The U.S. spends far more on its military compared to other countries—so much so, that it is almost as if the U.S. is waging war against the rest of the planet.
Although there is no chart for it, the Pentagon (i.e. the U.S. military) is the single biggest polluter in the country. The U.S. military is the largest single consumer of fossil fuels in the world. We already know that the United States is the biggest polluter among nations on the planet, but it should shock you to know that the U.S. government does not include the military’s pollution in its calculations of CO2 and other emissions. This means that the actual pollution generated by the United States is far, far worse than we are being told.
Endless global wars. Rampant global pollution. Paid for by the American taxpayer.