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The true cost of the military-industrial complex.


This video is sponsored by Brilliant. It’s time to talk about the elephant in
the room. The single most polluting industry in the world. The military. Specifically,
the U.S. military, because the U.S. war machine currently has a yearly budget of over $700
billion, which dwarfs the military spending of the next 8 countries combined in 2018.
The U.S. military is a behemoth, and the environmental consequences of its massive size and global
presence are equally immense. Indeed, if the American military was a country it would rank
47th, right in between Peru and Portugal, for highest global greenhouse gas emissions,
and that’s only based on military fuel use. Despite this, we’re very rarely exposed
to the idea of the U.S. military-industrial complex as a possible contributor to climate
change. Instead, individual actions, like taking shorter showers or composting food
waste, seem to be the primary push of the environmental movement. So the big question
is: what are the consequences of this massive U.S. military machine? And ultimately, what
are the connections between militarism and climate change? The environmental cost of the U.S. military
is so large because the country has continuously piled money into the Department of Defence
ever since the 1980s Reagan Era push for military spending transformed the world’s biggest
lender into the biggest debtor. A recently approved defense budget of $738 billion for
the 2020 fiscal year only cements this lust for U.S. military growth around the globe.
And to be clear, the U.S. military is a global entity. It has established roughly 800 military
bases in 80 countries around the world according to David Vine, author of Base Nation. To put
that in perspective, all other countries combined have established roughly 70 foreign bases.
So, the U.S. military is gargantuan, and to fuel that machine, they need, well, fuel.
From 2001 to 2017, the U.S. military emitted an estimated 1.2 billion metric tons of CO2
equivalent according to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. That’s
the same as putting an additional 257 million cars, or roughly the current amount of passenger
cars currently in operation, on the road in the U.S. for a whole year. From Humvees running
at 4 miles per gallon, or gas-guzzling F-22 fighter jets, the machines of war that the
Department of Defense purchases and maintains require a lot of fuel. In the realm of 85
million barrels of fuel in 2017. But the U.S. military pollution doesn’t stop and end
at emissions. The military has blazed a sharp trail of environmental and chemical pollution
across the world, racking up 39,000 contaminated sites according to a Newsweek interview with
the former head of environmental programs at the Pentagon. 143 of the Superfund sites
in the United States are military bases, and 900 of the 1344 total sites are areas that
previously supported military needs according to the same Newsweek interview. At Camp Lejeune
in North Carolina, for example, the drinking water servicing over 170,000 people is so
polluted with cancer-causing chemical solvents like trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene
that it’s been called “the worst example of water contamination this world has ever
seen.” In short, the U.S. military has a long track record of pollution and emissions
that often is tacitly accepted by otherwise environmentally-minded people in the name
of national defense and military preparedness. But let’s be clear here, the majority of
the wars the U.S. has fought, and the massive military structure it’s built has rarely
been in the name of peace or safety. More often than not it’s centered around profit
and control. The United States has a long history of using military power to assert
dominance over potentially strategic or profitable entities. Like in Panama in 1989, when George
H. W. Bush deployed 25,000 troops to oust the military leader and previous CIA “asset,”
General Noriega, who began acting against U.S. interests. In Noriega’s stead, Bush
propped up Guillermo Endara, who was much more loyal to the U.S. global agenda and willing
to allow the U.S. to maintain control over the Panama Canal. Or in 1973 when the United
States supported a coup to overthrow democratically-elected Chilean socialist leader Salvador Allende,
replacing him with ruthless dictator Augusto Pinochet, who in the months following his
rise to power imprisoned, tortured and killed thousands of supposed leftist-sympathizers
in order to establish an economy that a New York Times reporter called “a banker’s
delight.” Or the U.S. backed indiscriminate slaughter of East Timorese by Indonesian forces,
or the multi-decade war razing Iraq to the ground to protect the flow of fuel from Middle
Eastern oil fields into American cars. The same oil fields, which Vice President Dick
Cheney’s former company, Halliburton, secured a noncompetitive contract for up to seven
billion dollars to rebuild. The list drags on. The point here is this: in many cases,
the U.S. military has guzzled millions of barrels of fuel and killed thousands to establish
and maintain control of profitable international interests. One of the most decorated marines
in U.S. history, Major General Smedley Butler rams this reality home in his book, War is
a Racket: “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that
period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street
and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.” Ironically, the Department of Defence has
released reports characterizing climate change as a security risk, but of course, their solution
is not to scale back their own emissions-intensive operations but instead it’s doing more of
the same. So, when we’re trying to understand the connections between environmentalism and
demilitarization, we have to recognize a simple reality: War is always an environmental hazard.
There is no such thing as a responsible military or green war. It is, in fact, irresponsible
to suggest that it’s possible to “green the military,” as Elizabeth Warren has proposed.
Though it is admirable to try to find solutions within a corrupt and irredeemable system,
the 2018 IPCC report has made clear that we have no time for slow change, and small reforms
prevent us from focusing on and investing in the larger, more radical changes that need
to happen. Demilitarization is a lofty goal; in the United States, it is not unreasonable
to feel despair about the possibility of ever demilitarizing a country with such a fetish
for violence and control. But dire circumstances require radical solutions. Keep in mind that
even if the current military budget is slashed in half, the U.S. would still spend more than
double the amount China does. So, the military-industrial complex is beyond bloated. And as we look
towards a future marked by climate change, to me it’s clear where taxpayer money needs
to go. If the United States can pour $4.79 trillion into the wars in Iraq, Syria, and
Afghanistan, they certainly can extract themselves from a fossil-fuel centric economy. The money
doesn’t need to be piled into the over-polluting and violent machine that is the U.S. military,
it instead needs to be invested in strong, publically-favored initiatives like the Green
New Deal, which would supply dignified low-carbon jobs to thousands, reinvest in the U.S.’s
crumbling infrastructure, and establish an economy based around care. The gift-giving season is upon us, and usually
that means a lot of material-centric presents that either get left in the closet or thrown
out. Because, let’s face it, finding the right present to show your love is hard, especially
if you are trying to avoid waste or create less of an impact. Luckily Brilliant has made
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to help your loved ones spark a lifelong love of learning. Hey Everyone! Charlie here. Thanks for making
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a long way to helping me out. Again, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you in two weeks!

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Our Changing Climate Posted on December 6, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    What are your thoughts on the relationship between militarism and the environment? Do you think "greening" the military is a solution?

    Note: I failed to adequately explore the single biggest cost of the military-industrial complex: the loss of human lives. Watching the piece again, I wish I had done a better job of weaving the ramifications of violence into this video.

    Reply
  2. samspotz8r8s Posted on December 6, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    So happy to see more controversial issues bought up

    Reply
  3. Kc Cassidy Posted on December 6, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Yes yes yes! How can I make it so everyone can see this video? Just one more reason to rethink our current system

    Reply
  4. lore00star Posted on December 6, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I'd like to know what is the purpose of all this… i mean, do you really need hundreds of military aircrafts, tanks and weapons? Idk compared to other countries it seems like the US only want to show his big d***. Great video btw !!

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  5. jojo Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Someday the balloon (system) is gonna pop.

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  6. Badger Cord Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    But we need the US military. But if you don't agree China will replace the US in a couple decades

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  7. Turquoise Bunny Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    great video!

    Reply
  8. Dan Manly Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Although I totally agree with the principles in this video, as someone in the military I can tell you there is a very different immediate priority. The strategy is shifting right now from a counterinsurgency fight to a peer to peer fight in a European/Asian or even global theater. The military might feel bloated (and it certainly is) but that’s because we have to be prepared to fight not only a competitive war, but a dominate war, against China, NK, Russia, Iran, and other factions. A total war might feel unlikely rn but we’ve seen how erratic our president is, and you never know who the next leader will be for our adversaries. Climate change is certainly a massive issue that will effect almost everyone on the planet and the military has a huge role in it. But there’s a lot of nuance in this issue, and I don’t think slashing our budget in half is the answer. If we withdraw too abruptly from our global control that will leave a power vacuum I don’t think anyone wants to see filled by an aggressive China or Russia

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  9. James Russell Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    "Economy based on care", laughable sentiment.
    Efficient and effective economies are based on want.
    A strong and well-trained military ensures an environment where "wants" are not controlled by others.
    The West only has peace because of the US military, to lose that edge would be self-destructive.

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  10. Randy Ly Posted on December 6, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    I work on a military base as an environmental engineer. I find it ironic that my job is to protect the base from getting fined by environmental inspectors and trying to comply to federal laws, but it's OK for us to continue this trajectory of wasteful spending and environmental "protection" of other countries? It's just an endless positive feedback loop

    Reply
  11. Joe Struthers Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Great video once again

    Reply
  12. LEARN ENGLISH WITH JOJO Posted on December 6, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you so much for highlighting this issue

    Reply
  13. Machin truc Valea Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Why this chanel has only 200k, I'live in Switzerland and I know it since a long time. Great job !

    Reply
  14. Megan Torres Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    The US doesn’t care :/

    Reply
  15. Noelle Mattison Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    55 percent of us tax dollars go to the military. Schools 1.6 percent

    Reply
  16. Lucas Zhu Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Why not make the military funding at the minimum NATO needs, making the military smaller, and making the system less controlling, corrupt, and violent (maximum demilitarization while staying in NATO) while also working on more fuel efficient equipment?

    Reply
  17. Jasmine Rose Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    These videos are so interesting to watch – how are they not more popular?? I wish these topics got covered more often in mainstream media

    Reply
  18. Curious Entertainment Posted on December 6, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Talks about us military emissions and shows a Russian tank good job

    Reply
  19. Eumaeus Posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I was attached to a DDG and anything we didn't have room for we threw overboard. Whole pallets of paper, half of the perfectly good food we had on the refer decks went overboard to make room for new food. The military is incredibly wasteful and we still always complained about not having enough money.

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  20. Amy Sofia Posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Americans (particularly republicans) are always complaining about high taxes. A ridiculously easy thing to cut back on would be the military. But no. Because that would be DaNgerOUs and make us look wEaK. A global intertwined economy is what is keeping peace in most places. Not guns.

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  21. Daniel Anugerah Posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    [TL:DR Good video, but its a little too simple. As long as there is threat of war, Military is a necessity. But we should strive for a greener military]

    First of all, fantastic production value, I think this has been your best video so far such good quality.
    I'll start by saying that I believe that climate change is real and poses a threat to humans and our way of life. But I think this video has a lot of oversimplifications that don't portray the reality of the situation the military faces.

    1. I think that the military industrial complex tends to treat the pentagon like a monolithic bureaucracy that wants to goes crazy on buying weapons for the sake of buying weapons. A fairer representation would be trying a competition between one group that is trying to develop and sell weapons and another that is trying to make sure the servicemen and women get the tool they need to do their job and get home safely.
    2. The 2015 pentagon report you refer to 6:16 was never intended to make the military greener. It was created to study how it would affect the way the Military would have operate. More precisely, its a to make recommendations for (i) what kind of military operations to anticipate (ii) how to design the OCO budget ('overseas contingency operations' – its how much money the pentagon thinks it will need in case conflict breaks out). In all fairness the people who conducted that report know that their job is not to suggest climate change policy-its not their job-their job was to think of how it could impact current operations. That's probably why it seems like their answer was 'more of the same'

    Overall, I think that demilitarization is simply not possible. I think that there ways of adopting greener practices, using less fossil-fuels, better disposal of dangerous materials.
    But the unfortunate fact of the world is that war will be part of our way of life for the foreseeable future. The job of the US military is not to make the world greener, although it should definitely take part in that process. The primary responsibility of the military is to maintain national security and protect the US and its allies and partners all around the world–this is a job that becoming harder and harder because it has entered a competition with other countries that frankly do not care as much about the environment. For example, Russia is already preparing for an arctic with less and less ice: both because it opens so much territory and resources, and because it gives Russia more places to set up naval and air force stations. I'm all for a greener US military, but at the end of the day the military will not/could not allow itself it be handicapped in an arctic conflict.

    Really hoping people hop in to discuss.

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  22. kym cat Posted on December 6, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Still have no respect for this joke of a channel. YOU CAN NOT EAT MEAT AND BE AN ENVIRONMENTALIST. Go vegan or go home

    Reply
  23. Bert Kruupke Posted on December 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I want a universe without war.

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  24. kike villa coronado Posted on December 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I would send less money to the military but lets be honest, without military power, there is no peace. Some country and dictatorship will try to grow…

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  25. Gemma Seymour Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Unfortunately, the elephant in the room that this video fails to address is the fact that the US military budget is so large precisely because the US took on the role of "global policeman" in the post-1945 era. China and Russia do not ensure the safety of the global sea lanes. Germany and Japan, the third and fourth largest economies in the world, have been prevented from military investment for decades, which is the majority of the cause of their economic successes.

    The world relies upon the US to keep the peace and keep the oil and goods flowing. Until and unless the rest of the world is going to shoulder a more proportionate share of that burden, we are going to have a bloated military and be the world's biggest bully.

    The primary reason why China is expanding their military capability and global diplomatic and economic ties is precisely because they understand the US cannot continue in this role indefinitely, and China's economy is now the factory of the world.

    In the Trump era, where the US is unwisely abandoning diplomacy and turning inward upon its own seething hatred for difference—and how ironic that is, in the world's most diverse nation—our global influence is catastrophically compromised. The Pax Americana, such as it was, has come to a screeching halt, brought about by exhaustion and myopia.

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  26. DilbertDrape Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    this is your best one yet!

    Reply
  27. Titori Mithrandir Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    its an german satire video about how to make war ecologic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7sklWC6HLs

    Reply
  28. Justus Wilcox Posted on December 6, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I figured this out about three years ago. Thanks for going in-depth.

    Reply
  29. Iquey Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Nuclear weapons, depleted uranium, countless bullet shells, landmines, regular fire bomb making chemicals. Yeah, it's a A LOT.

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  30. Iquey Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    The order that I would scale back would be to close all non essential bases first, and then at the same time change all existing bases to more low waste, energy efficient daily practices. And finally only the essential bases and training facilities would get high amounts of green retrofitting, while the medium-need bases would focus on eliminating themselves through peace efforts and restorative justice efforts in whatever region they've caused harm in.

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  31. tatenda karma Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I never had thought about this before, that all those machines can contribute to pollution. I guess it shows how it’s hidden from us.

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  32. Dan Valentine Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I appreciate that you've touched a topic many environmentalists are either ignorant of or afraid of discussing.
    The super-bloated US military needs to radically scale-back if we are going to have progress healing the climate.
    I agree that money and effort would be better spent on "green" projects rather than the endless militarism. I disagree that more government programs are the solution; I think we can find free-market solutions rather than opting for violence (i.e. legislation).

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  33. zEropoint68 Posted on December 7, 2019 at 12:57 am

    i'm curious to know what other people think about this: why do you suppose the media is so stuck on telling people to take shorter showers and not use straws to correct climate change instead of telling people what companies are the worst polluters, how they pollute, and alternative consumer goods that will prevent them from having to support corporate polluters? what other things do you think the media could be doing instead of harping at individuals for making choices that they ultimately have no control over?

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  34. Bunnitooth Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:01 am

    i love this channel so much

    Reply
  35. Zachary Schulling Posted on December 7, 2019 at 2:33 am

    I usually really like your videos but this one is just bad and poorly researched. The climate effect of the behemoth that is the U.S military really does need to be discussed, but if you're going to do so then you also need to explore why and how the U.S military came to be this big. You claim the U.S military should should downsize but fail to discuss any global repercussions of doing so.

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  36. Zachary Schulling Posted on December 7, 2019 at 2:34 am

    The military is dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into "green" technology but I guess you left that out since it doesnt fit the narrative

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  37. GMIV Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Thank you for his, this has to be one of the best videos ever on this platform. US military industrial complex is one of the biggest threats to the entire planet.

    Reply
  38. Sergio Lopez Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:30 am

    The US does not depend on Middle East for Oil post the 1980's. I do understand that the Military is a heavy climate issue. Yet, there are situations where people are fight Terrorism and real issues.

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  39. Stacey Solano Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Just found this awesome content. Subbed.

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  40. Ron Sardarian Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:49 am

    If a quarter of that military money went to space exploration the US would probably have a better military lol

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  41. Chris Evenson Posted on December 7, 2019 at 4:05 am

    What is the solution

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  42. Cowboy Crickets Posted on December 7, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Let’s talk about edible insects! If it helps we’re a military owned company so … you know… relevant to this video I guess?

    Reply
  43. David Bray Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Wow. How did this never occur to me? I did some researchof my own, and found out that my home, the UK, is far from perfect too. We still spend 2% of our GDP on our defence because NATO tells us to.

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  44. L3M0NZ Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I feel like you're giving a very black and white view on why the US military does a lot of the things it does. For example, the reason why the budget is so high and the US has so many military bases is because hardly any NATO members contribute the required military budget for being a NATO members. Therefore the US fills in the gaps.

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  45. Meena Lindroos Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:48 am

    This may be one of the most important videos made in a while. Thank you so much for what you do!

    Reply
  46. tolisthekid Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

    This feels like your best project to this date mate! Really commonsense topic, really dangerous to discuss openly.

    Reply
  47. Logan Babcock Posted on December 7, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I can understand the idea that US military budget is overblown and could be better spent elsewhere. However for what current policy makers expect from the US military to achieve the budget is barley enough. I think the conversation needs to move in the direction of us policy makers need to scale back their foreign policy goals if they seek to cut the military budget. It’s tough conversation we need to have at home and have to weigh the benefits and cons of such actions.

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  48. Tayla Posted on December 7, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I will never understand why someone wouldn't believe in climate change when the only ones who claim it doesn't exist are those in positions of power who depend on exploiting the environment for financial benefit.

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  49. Joko Mandiri Posted on December 7, 2019 at 9:34 am

    For the east timor case we never forget that, and one of the most hated sin we ever did

    The forkin aussie takes the most benefits while we indonesian not so much /s

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  50. shivam rana Posted on December 7, 2019 at 10:08 am

    real estate is also a big source of greenhouse gases.

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  51. orjelmort23 Posted on December 7, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I support the idea of ‘greening’ and reforming the army, just for an exemple they can replace the turbo engines of the abrams with Diesel engines, and redirect the US military to a home defense force instead of a global police force, this is will make cheaper to upgrade the military or simply cheaper to maintain, but we have to remove the welfare state too and purge corporations and banks, deport 30% of the population and isolate the country for the 3th world, less people means less pollution, less waste of money means less people dead overall and more money for anything else, less welfare means less parasites and freed 60% of the US budget and a more stable culture and society

    The green new deal without these things and the tear down of at least 50% of the proposals for being so distruttive against the population with no real gain the deal would be simply a big blunder

    Allende democratically elected? He won the elections for luck only because the Conservative party was devided gaining 33% of the vote, in 2 years Allende bankrupted the country, poverty skyrocketed and he created a paramilitary militia loyal to the socialist party that was used to steal farms and kill political opponents, then the parliament impeached the president and called the army to remove Allende, and under the Pinochet’s regime Chile became one of the best places in south america

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  52. Nick C Posted on December 7, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Thank you for not shying away from relevant “political” topics.

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  53. Francesco Azzoni Posted on December 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I think there is an old onion video where they discuss how to make the military greener

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  54. Clemens Steinbauer Posted on December 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Pls do a video on Video Streaming pollution

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  55. Elizabeth M Posted on December 7, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Great video, but I don't know the answer. Without the military base in my city, there would be very few jobs.

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  56. xxdrowssapxx1 Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    You got balls dude. This really is one of the biggest elephants that anyone is scared to even whisper about. Stay safe.

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  57. NTH THN Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    So that's why US is still kissing Saudi's ass.

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  58. wargriffin5 Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    "War is ALWAYS an enviromental hazard…there is no such thing as a green war."

    GENGHIS KHAN DISAGREES 😉

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  59. kartik adhia Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    isn't this guy already an enemy of the state?

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  60. hedgehog3180 Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Absolutely amazing, after some of the other videos I was wondering what this one would be like but you didn't hide anything and handled the topic honestly even though it's controversial. Great job.

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  61. Akshay Ash Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Shit your voice !!

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  62. Christos Perchanidis Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Why are you using only images of Russian Troops and Jets? lol

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  63. Tom S. Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Wow, this is just stupid!

    BTW isn't it way more efficient to invest in countries with a to little economy to prevent civil wars because of mission resources and/or infrastructure?? And not intervening if war is already in action to get a controversial government that needs years to stabilize the country again (if even)?

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  64. määäääääääx Posted on December 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    we have to be militant not them

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  65. Manny Medina Posted on December 7, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    FYI, when you compare the Chinese military budget with the US in terms of Purchasing Power Parity then China already comes on top.

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  66. H H Posted on December 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Actual fuck the military. Talk about participation trophies. All they do is play video games while chowing on MRE rations in their bases. Kill a few civilians every now and then just to make sure there's a steady supply of angry young men to the militant groups. Gotta justify the war somehow! If things get boring, just blow something up and watch the fireworks. They couldn't give fewer fucks about the environment. Can everyone please stop signing up to the military!

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  67. Matthew Brooker Posted on December 7, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    This video is nonsense – 85 million barrels of oil for the US military's annual oil use is currently a bit less than 1 days worth of worldwide output of oil. i.e. less then 0.3% of yearly global consumption. Whilst it's a lot, it's small beer relative to other sectors of the US economy which collectively consume about 20% of worldwide oil output.

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  68. Goldenfightinglink Posted on December 7, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    "Love" the troops, but hate why they fight.

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  69. Xung Nham Posted on December 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Using budget numbers conflates the US military to be bigger than it actually is (from an environmental aspect). In almost any business, labor is the biggest expense. The US pays its soldiers, contractors, engineers, etc about 4x more than an equivalent chinese military. Bringing the size of the military to be comparable to China's. The US is also a large country; it is comparable in size and population to the EU. When you look at the budget and personnel size of the EU combined military, it is also comparable to the US. When I say comparable, I mean within a factor of 2-3, not the order of magnitude this video is depicting it to be.

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  70. ON Posted on December 7, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    "Environmentalists jaws drop to the floor."

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  71. Earth Souljah Posted on December 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Pls help stop war… stop military pollution….keep country Green.. Save your tree… Save your wild animals… Save your marine life… Save Earth from war pls help stop War.. Grow more tree.. Keep your country clean.. Love your people think positive jah blessed jah love stay Ital.

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  72. Ayayona LittleEagle Posted on December 7, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    That's the entire White Race for you acting like Gods and Goddess …..

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  73. ShamelessDuck Posted on December 7, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I was expecting something like how much all their equipment has cost US or something along those lines, and I got story about greenhouse gas emission. Too bad for you, the climate has been changing ALL the time, and we are not coming to an end of the world having our planets average temperature risen by 2 degrees C, since we are actually living at the coldest time since ages ago.

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  74. kim warburton Posted on December 7, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Esp relevent considering nato protests. What iv learnt this week ..
    Seems nato is currently a protection gangsta racket run by trump, strughling to justify its existence n gearing up for a new war

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  75. Andrew Posted on December 7, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    This is the most ambitious and most important video you've ever put out. The ignorance towards the military industrial complex has gone on for far too long.

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  76. Rocco Anders Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Militaries are state-funded terrorist organizations.

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  77. MuffHam Posted on December 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    The USA borrows the money and its national debt increases every year to pay for the military. Eventually the USA economy will implode on itself and will totally collapse. And the military spending will be one of the biggest cusses of the collapse.

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  78. Haha Hhaha Posted on December 7, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    so it was a propaganda vid about the unaffordable "green new deal".. got news for you commies, ain't gonna happen

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  79. InspiRAWtion Posted on December 7, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    interesting topic!

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  80. MareTranquil Posted on December 7, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Well, you know what will happen in a public debate…
    "So, you are saying that our troops are not heroes?"

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  81. Graham X Posted on December 7, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I agree with the premise, but what a terrible presentation of the topic. It strays way too far into why "military bad" for non-environmental reasons that deserve a lot more nuance than this video provides. Next time dedicate that time to the actual topic at hand and leave the moralizing to someone else.

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  82. Liam Brown Posted on December 8, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I have large ethical issues with the armed forces of my home country. I am not in the united states, but i am aware of how polluting that military activities can be anywhere in the world. i am deeply concerned with the health of various ecosystems on our planet, but i also believe that so long as certain groups threaten other groups with violence, we are left with no alternative. For example, Bashar Al-Assad is a violent dictator who has been proven to have committed warcrimes. The people of his country who fought against his dictatorship were right to do so, despite the environmental cost. I feel as though we are left without an alternative in some cases.

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  83. Sofia Limon Posted on December 8, 2019 at 7:10 am

    You are braver than any U.S marine for posting this. Thank you king!

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  84. KarolaTea Posted on December 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Very interesting video. I knew military spending in the US was high, but I didn't know it was that high.
    With climate change causing more catastrophies I would guess a lot of military personell could find a job in emergency relief. There's probably a lot of overlapping skills required.

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  85. Hannah Sauer Posted on December 8, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I totally agree that there is a threat concerning climate change of military activities. But please keep in mind the whole picture. The US is a superpower that covers a lot of military duties within the international order. You cannot think of the environment in a separate way. There is a whole political background and consequences of reducing military spendings of the U.S. What would be to alternative you suggest? Yes people are dying and fossil fuels are used, but what is the impact of reducing the power of the US? What is about the stability the hegemony of the US provides in the international order? To which extent are you willing to loose the status quo for climate purposes and risk instability? How many more people would die then? I would be happy to see more constructive and reflective videos that don't give people a view only on one single issue without the context it is related to.

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  86. UpLevel Green Posted on December 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    My main takeaway is that it seems like a lot of recent wars have been about securing fosil fuel resources. These wars were expensive. Perhaps spending the same money on solar, other renewable energy, would reach the same goal: energy security.

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  87. Micha B Posted on December 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I am not shure if we do better without americas big army.

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  88. TONI K Posted on December 8, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    What you are essentially proposing is to let China rule the world

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  89. dogfight156 Posted on December 9, 2019 at 1:08 am

    as an army veteran, this was tough to watch. i'm sure it was tough to research and make. you're a good man.

    if you took a deeper look into the military's impact, you'd f*cking cry. you'd have to make a 3 hour movie. food waste, water waste, plastic pollution, depleted uranium, the list goes on.

    but, if it makes you feel any better, the biggest threat to the military is… the military. i was a combat medic and i've seen it all. obesity, substance abuse, mental illness, sexual abuse, straight-up poverty, the list goes on. the service members who put themselves on the line are getting royally screwed. nobody talks about it because nobody else will listen. it's like climate change: ignorance is bliss.

    the pentagon is completely baffled because there is no solution. this country will demilitarize itself, other countries will follow or burn… or army robots will take over and kill everyone. circle of life, son.

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  90. Garrett Corbett Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:13 am

    I respectfully disagree with the green new deal

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  91. GuderII Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:26 am

    https://youtu.be/dWFCw1v8zbs. This is madness

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  92. Noah Carroll Posted on December 9, 2019 at 7:09 am

    End Imperialism

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  93. Elgin Avila Posted on December 9, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I really appreciate the sources you include here. It shows you are issuing a great deal of effort to validate any claims and ideas you have. Although sometimes I think there are better sources to use to make your arguments stronger, that is simply my opinion and thank you for creating a very interesting dialogue around environmentalism.

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  94. Seppo ja Ismo show Posted on December 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    OK fine let's go with u leftists let's lower the army by 50% us army loses its respect more uprisings will come more death pain and suffering. Other countries like Russia China and other authoterian countries who doesent care for the voices of progressiveness and they will fill the vacuum of us army and their governmental ideologies and the social problems with the people like in china will get the power hold of the world.

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