The U.S. military is the single largest polluter and consumer of fuel in the world
We use a highly-polluting form of nuclear power so the U.S. military can make bombs. U.S. military considerations also drive nuclear policy in Japan (thatdidn’t turn out very well) and other countries.
The government has been covering up nuclear accidents for more than 50 years.
Above-ground nuclear tests – which caused numerous cancers to the “downwinders” – were covered up by the American government for decades.
At least 33,480 U.S. nuclear weapons workers who have received compensation for health damage are now dead.
And the country’s main storage site for nuclear waste from military production may be in real trouble.
The Pentagon is also one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the world … and yet has a blanket exemption from all greenhouse gas treaties.
The defense department also uses open-air burn pitswhich send a parade of horribles into the air.
Sealife is not exempt. Military sonar kills whales and dolphins.
And the military has long been a flagrant user of chemical weapons and depleted uranium … which can trash ecosystems and human health.
Defoliant spray run, part of Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War by UC-123B Provider aircraft.
Things Get Even Worse During Wartime
And then there’s actual war-fighting …
The environment has long been a silent casualty of war and armed conflict. From the contamination of land and the destruction of forests to the plunder of natural resources and the collapse of management systems, the environmental consequences of war are often widespread and devastating….