United States military emits more Carbon dioxide than Sweden

US military is world’s ‘single largest producer’ of greenhouse gases – report

US military is world’s ‘single largest producer’ of greenhouse gases – report

The study found seven major sources of greenhouse gas emissions relating to U.S. military activities, including from installations and non-war operations, war-related emissions and emissions from the production of weapons.

The Pentagon's greenhouse gas emissions totalled over 59 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017, noted the study published by Brown University.

"Absent any change in USA military fuel use policy, the fuel consumption of the U.S. military will necessarily continue to generate high levels of greenhouse gases", the study said.

The Pentagon's emissions were "in any one year. greater than many smaller countries' greenhouse gas emissions", the study said.

China is the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide, the main gas responsible for climate change, followed by the United States.

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"This makes the Pentagon the USA government's largest fossil fuel consumer as it accounts for between 77% and 80% of all federal government energy consumption since 2001", she said in an article.

The effects of climate change will soon be "feeding political tensions and fueling mass migrations and refugee crises", the report says, noting that the military has already added climate change to its list of national security concerns. The Department of Defense is the world's largest institutional user of petroleum and the single largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world.

Most of the emissions come from jet and diesel fuel, seeing as the military's armored and non-armored vehicles are notoriously inefficient- the 60,000 HUMVEES in the Army get around four to eight miles per gallon of diesel fuel. If the us military were to significantly decrease its dependence on oil, the USA could reduce the political and fuel resources it uses to defend access to oil, particularly in the Persian Gulf, where it concentrates these efforts.

The authors also question whether the huge U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf is necessary, since the USA itself is less dependent on the region's oil than in the past and does not necessarily need to "protect the global flow" of oil.

Finally, by spending less money on fuel and operations to provide secure access to petroleum, the US could decrease its military spending and reorient the economy to more economically productive activities. "These greenhouse gases, combined with other USA emissions, will help guarantee the nightmare scenarios that the military predicts and that many climate scientists say are possible".

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