The fight to end climate change is also a fight against the U.S. military industrial complex.
Eleven percent of the Pentagon’s current $716 billion budget – about $80 billion – would pay to produce enough wind and solar energy to power every one of the 127.59 million households in the United States. This investment, according to research conducted by NPP, would cover costs of construction and installation of enough renewable electricity for every home in the country.
During World War II in 1945, the U.S. federal government spent almost $1 trillion in today’s dollars to fight the Nazi existential threat. Seventy-four years later, America is approaching that level of military spending when there is no credible existential military risk.
The climate emergency is the existential threat that exist to the U.S. but political leaders have made no commitments to address this problem
To provide renewable energy to every American, 127,586,000 households total in the U.S., according to the most recent Census, would cost less than $80 billion. The average U.S. household spends $581.28, as of 2018, on energy, if they utilise wind energy. If they use solar energy, they spend an average of $623.92. The calculation shows making a transition would be cheap and affordable relative to the military industrial complex: