The U.S. military is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST EMITTER of climate pollution.

Recently, I have read DOZENS of articles about this.  Here are just a very few.  If you want more, e-mail me at



The U.S. military emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than entire countries such as Denmark or Portugal.  However, nobody knows exactly how much, because the Pentagon’s reporting is spotty.  A Humvee gets between four and eight miles per gallon; an F-35 requires 2.37 gallons per mile.  See this article:



A friend added this information in response to another friend’s article about military pollution of the climate:  The British military emits as much as the rest of the British central government combined……… The Pentagon has a similarly large footprint: It accounts for 52 percent of federal electricity use and 56 percent of the federal government’s emissions.”

This was in response to a December 2021 article from the Washington Post



In late 2019 Joanne Dufour wrote this article for our local Thurston County climate organization, Thurston Climate Action Team:  TCAT Article on Military & Climate Change



In 1997 when the world’s nations were negotiating the Kyoto Protocols for dealing with the climate crisis (which went into effect in 2005), the U.S. government BULLIED THE REST OF THE WORLD into exempting military climate pollution that was emitted outside of the nation’s borders.  Click this link to tell the world’s nations to STOP EXCLUDING the counting of military climate pollution:



More information about this is available, but this is enough for now.





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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093