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Military vs. Climate Security. Mapping the Shift from the Bush Years to the Obama Era

In addition to creating an existential threat to the planet and its people, rapidly accelerating climate change is a security challenge. The U.S. military now views the massive disruptions that will result, in the absence of concerted global action, as a major likely precipitant of increased violent conflict around the world.

Yet U.S. security spending has been overwhelmingly concentrated on the tools of military force. The precursor to this paper, "The Budgets Compared: Military vs. Climate Security" (Institute for Policy Studies, January 20081), found that for FY 2008, the Bush administration allocated $88 federal dollars to military forces for every dollar it devoted to stabilizing the climate.

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Author(s)Miriam Pemberton
PublisherInstitute for Policy Studies
Place publishedWashington, D.C.
Date / Journal Vol No.August 2009
Pages68
 
 

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