By Bill Maher
President Trump has been bragging, as usual, about spending quite a lot of money on weapons, to protect us from the world, even though they respect us like never before. It doesn’t really track, and I dare anyone at one of his rallies to name the weapons we didn’t have before that we have now, but that’s sort of beside the point. The point is bragging about spending. The more you pay for something, the better it is. That’s our strategy. Because we’re the Real Housewives of the Pentagon. Or as DJT explained it: “Our military was depleted, and in the last two and a half years, we’ve un-depleted it, okay?” I might have said “replenished,” but I don’t know all the best words.
And who cares? It’s just a trillion dollars every 18 months we’re putting on the card, but here’s another bad thing: it’s contributing to global climate collapse. It turns out the US military pollutes more than some entire countries. 140 of them, to be exact. This according to a depressing new study from some eggheads:
“… the US military is one of the largest polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more climate-changing gases than most medium-sized countries. If the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, sitting between Peru and Portugal… In 2017, the US military bought about 269,230 barrels of oil a day and emitted more than 25,000 kilotons of carbon dioxide by burning those fuels. The US Air Force purchased $4.9 billion worth of fuel, and the navy $2.8 billion, followed by the army at $947 million and the Marines at $36 million.
Think about that, the next time Trump has a flyover on the 4th of July. We’re destroying the world to protect it.