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Military is among the worst polluters

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

military is among the worst polluters

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  • Researchers gathered data using Freedom of Information Act requests to analyze U.S. military supply chains of hydrocarbon fuel purchases and distribution, finding if the military were a country they would rank as the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world
  • The researchers noted the environmental impact from the U.S. military is a significant contributor to climate change, but only recommended "to turn it off, shuttering vast sections of the machine"
  • The military has also been responsible for polluting groundwater and drinking water with firefighting foam used in training exercises containing perfluorinated compounds; the Air Force is seeking safer alternatives, retrofitting fire trucks to accommodate a different firefighting chemical choice
  • You may help reduce air, water and soil pollution in your local area by planting trees, eating locally grown, organic produce and grass fed pastured meat and dairy, producing less waste, composting and doing a home energy audit

From the time of the American Revolutionary War when the U.S. won independence from England, Americans have maintained some semblance of a military force. The first Army was initially disbanded except for a few dozen troops.

After taking office, President Washington urged Congress to establish an effective system for the military “on which the honor, safety and well-being of our country so evidently and essentially depend.” Throughout the 236 years since the end of the Revolutionary War the U.S. has formally declared war on few occasions: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, WWI and WWII.

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