Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our new report, A Climate of War, catalogs the greenhouse gas emissions of the Iraq war, along with an accounting of what we could have bought if we were spending that money fighting climate change instead of a war for oil. Here are some of the shocking facts:

1. Projected total US spending on the Iraq war could cover all of the global investments in renewable power generation that are needed between now and 2030 in order to halt current warming trends.

2. The war is responsible for at least 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) since March 2003. To put this in perspective, CO2 released by the war to date equals the emissions from putting 25 million more cars on the road in the US this year.

3. In 2006, the US spent more on the war in Iraq than the whole world spent on investment in renewable energy.

Click here to read more of our key findings, and download a copy of the report.

1 comment:

Mr. Natural said...

The GEORGE W BUSH CREW and EVERY ONE OF THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THE WAR OWN THIS WAR. We citizens of America own it by proxy, but it is OURS nonetheless...

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.