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"It’s no coincidence that US military emissions tend to be overlooked in climate change studies. It’s very difficult to get consistent data from the Pentagon and across US government departments. In fact, the United States insisted on an exemption for reporting military emissions in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. This loophole was closed by the Paris Accord, but with the Trump administration due to withdraw from the accord in 2020, this gap will will return." "Our study shows that action on climate change demands shuttering vast sections of the military machine. There are few activities on Earth as environmentally catastrophic as waging war. Significant reductions to the Pentagon’s budget and shrinking its capacity to wage war would cause a huge drop in demand from the biggest consumer of liquid fuels in the world." Paper by the authors of this article seems to have been (temporarily?) unpaywalled - read here: https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/tran.12319
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"WAIVER: the Secretary of Defense may waive the requirements of this section . . . [if] he determines that market conditions for a product or service make it difficult for the Department to acquire that product or service and the waiver will accelerate the Department’s acquisition of the product or service." "Our 2018 National Defense Strategy prioritizes long-term strategic competition with great power competitors by focusing the Department’s efforts and resources to . . . build a more lethal force . . . To achieve these goals, DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to . . . weather and natural events." "WAIVER: the Secretary of Defense may waive the requirements of this section . . . [if] he determines that meeting these requirements would adversely affect the national security interests of the United States . . ." - Passages in the bill unearthed by Carl Beijer in "How Warren’s Climate Defense Bill Undermines Itself" https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/05/defense-budget-climate-change-warren-bill
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'Ecologies of Power' by Pierre Belanger and Alexander Arroyo is a great book about this.
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oooh thanks for the recommendation, looks really good.
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Giant war industry built to secure extraction of the oil it guzzles. Why isn’t there an ouroboros emoji? Or a Sisyphus one? Or an Icarus one?