The U.S. military is the largest consumer of fuel on the planet. When the Navy steams up to play, its four ships (two destroyers, two replenishment ships) will burn more fossil fuel in the three weeks of war games than Seattle City Light burns in half a year. Seattle City Light provides electricity to houses, offices and stores for 800,000 customers. This comparison doesn’t include the Air Force, Army or Coast Guard.
Where does this carbon footprint lead? Military intelligence is wading in to rising sea temperatures, dead fish, deaf sea mammals and birds.
If they don’t check the tide book they’re probably not calculating footprints either. But isn’t the military supposed to destroy the enemy’s resources?