War helps fuel the climate crisis as U.S. military carbon emissions exceed 140+ nations

Abandoned Air Force Base in Greenland. Credit: Ken Bowe

Climate activists protested outside the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow on Monday, highlighting the role of the US military in fueling the climate crisis. The Costs of War project estimates that the military produced about 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions between 2001 and 2017, with nearly a third coming from US wars abroad. But military carbon emissions have largely been exempted from international climate treaties dating back to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol after lobbying from the United States. We go to Glasgow to speak with Ramón Mejía, national anti-militarist organizer of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and veteran of the war in Iraq; Erik Edstrom, Afghanistan war veteran turned climate activist; and Neta Crawford, director of the Costs of War project. “The US military was an environmental destruction mechanism,” Crawford says.

AMY GOODMAN: Former US President Barack Obama addressed the UN climate summit on Monday, criticizing the leaders of China and Russia for not participating in the Glasgow talks.



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