Military environmental pollution in the European Union


This December 2019 video says about itself:

In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at the environmental and social cost of the military and militarism. I narrow in on the United States military-industrial complex because it is by far the biggest military machine in the world. I look at how the military and the military-industrial complex is a massive polluter in terms of both emissions and chemical waste. In addition, the video looks at whether or not these environmental and monetary burdens caused by the military-industrial complex are justified. Have the multitude of wars the United States has wage been just, or are they manifestations of imperialism. Ultimately, the video connects environmental destruction with military imperialism and concludes that demilitarization is the only truly effective answer to the carbon footprint of the military.

Militaries are high consumers of fossil fuels – and yet they are frequently exempt from publicly reporting their carbon emissions.

This is equally true in the European Union, and so a new report by SGR and CEOBS has examined the size of the military carbon footprint in the region. Dr Stuart Parkinson and Linsey Cottrell report.

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    Earlier this week, as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, I held a hearing to address the enormous amount of waste, cost overruns, fraud, and financial mismanagement that has plagued the Department of Defense and the military industrial complex for decades.

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    The truth is that the defense budget is rampant with cost overruns, fraud, and all kinds of unnecessary spending. And at a time when we have so many unmet needs in America, we must ask ourselves, why is it that the United States is spending more on the military than the next 12 countries combined?

    Why is it that the United States of America is now spending more on the military, in real inflation-adjusted dollars, than we did during the height of the Cold War or during the wars in Vietnam and Korea?

    Why is it that the Pentagon remains the only agency in the federal government that cannot pass an independent audit — 30 years after Congress required it to do so?

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    We have adopted a warped sense of priorities that says America can always find enough money for war, but that there is never enough for infrastructure or education or nutrition programs. That has got to change.

    I find it interesting that despite the fact that the lion’s share of revenue for some of the defense contractors comes from the taxpayers of the United States, these same companies provide their CEOs and executives extremely large compensation packages.

    Last year, Lockheed Martin paid its CEO, James Taiclet, $23.3 million while 95 percent of its revenue came from defense contracts. Raytheon paid its CEO, Gregory Hayes, $19.4 million while 94 percent of its revenue came from defense contracts. And Boeing paid its CEO, David Calhoun, $21.1 million in compensation while 45 percent of its revenue came from defense contracts.

    In other words, these companies, for all intents and purposes, could almost be looked at as governmental agencies — yet their CEOs make over a hundred times more than the Secretary of Defense. It’s not too surprising, therefore, that we have a revolving door where many of our top military officials end up on the boards of directors of these major defense companies.

    I sent a letter to all three of those CEOs to come testify at this week’s Budget Committee hearing. All of them declined.

    Furthermore, there are massive cost overruns in the Defense Department’s acquisition budget that we have got to address. According to the Government Accountability Office, the Pentagon’s $1.8 trillion acquisition portfolio currently suffers from more than $628 billion in cost overruns with much of the cost growth taking place after production.

    And let’s be clear: a major reason why there is so much waste, fraud and abuse at the Pentagon is the fact that the Defense Department remains the only federal agency in America that hasn’t been able to pass an independent audit 30 years after Congress first required it to do so.

    In 2011, the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan concluded that $31-$60 billion spent in Iraq and Afghanistan had been lost to fraud and waste.

    Separately, in 2015, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reported that the Pentagon could not account for $45 billion in funding for reconstruction projects.

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    In my view, it is time to hold the Defense Department to the same level of accountability as the rest of the government. We cannot continue to accept a defense budget that is bloated, that is wasteful, and that has in it many areas of fraud.

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