By Dharna Noor
DHARNA NOOR It’s The Real News. I’m Dharna Noor. For years, analysts have warned that the climate crisis is a threat to national security. The United States spends more on its military now than at almost any other time in history. And according to many security experts and the US Department of Defense itself, as climate chaos further exacerbates geopolitical instability, the military could demand even more resources. But as the world’s top polluter and top institutional consumer of fossil fuels, the Pentagon also fuels climate change. Today, my two guests and I are going to dig into two new studies that show the extent of that impact. Now joining me is Neta Crawford of Boston University. She is a co-author of Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War. Also joining me is Patrick Bigger of Lancaster University. He is a co-author of another new paper, Hidden Carbon Costs of the “Everywhere War”: Logistics, Geopolitical Ecology, and the Carbon Boot-print of the US Military. Thank you so much for being here both of you.
PATRICK BIGGER Good to be here. Thanks.
NETA C. CRAWFORD Thank you.
DHARNA NOOR So, Neta, let’s start with you. Your new study found that…