Strowwngg? Or Maybe Criminal?

As the planet roasts, pickup trucks remain the engine of the automobile-industrial complex, which is itself the leading source of GHG emissions in the United States, as well as the lifeblood of corporate capitalism. How does this happen? As Leslie Savan says, “follow the flattery.” (And, meanwhile, note the sexism, homophobia, and thoughtless obstinacy on which it rests.)

Another museum piece for our grandchildren, on the off chance we leave them a livable world.

3 Replies to “Strowwngg? Or Maybe Criminal?”

  1. Let us not forget that the military is the biggest polluter. All private citizens in all countries immediately converting to hemp-flavored-granola-powered bicycles would have a negligible effect on climate change alongside CSX freight liners shipping prefab bases to the Middle East, FA-18s practicing formation flying off the Atlantic coastline, and F-16 training flights over the Mojave Desert.

  2. Arkie, the military is a flea compared to the domestic civilian car/truck fleet, which emits more than 2 billion metric tons of CO2 a year, and uses >50x more petroleum per day than the military. I would add that >50% of the mission of the military is also preservation of the political conditions required for continuation of cars-first transportation in the USA.

    The military is certainly especially profligate, but the widely circulating story about its being the biggest polluter is simply wrong.

  3. By some estimates i’ve seen, the military consumes about 1% of the total energy output in the US. small relative, but still huge absolute amount. It would be interesting to see how this ratio has changed over time. On the one hand, I’d imagine it used to take larger share of the total output, but most of the output was ‘necessary’. On the other hand, the degree of expropriation and waste today is unlike anything seen in history, so tough call.

    Michael, I have a procrastination suggestion for you – when you absolutely can’t get anything done, you can get on twitter and systematically call / troll / or otherwise harass the advertising zealots – most of them have accounts, and could use some dawn-slaps.

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