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Brown University Study Looks at Pentagon Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The U.S. Department of Defense emits more greenhouse gases than entire industrialized countries, according to a new study.

Brown University published data in June 2019 on the Pentagon’s greenhouse gas emissions. The study found that the Pentagon’s emissions in 2017 were “greater than the greenhouse gas emissions of entire industrialized countries,” like Sweden and Denmark.”

Researchers say if the Pentagon were a country, its emissions would make it the world’s 55th largest contributor. The study warned of serious consequences if the Pentagon doesn’t reduce its use of fossil fuel.

“These greenhouse gases, combined with other U.S. emissions, will help guarantee the nightmare scenarios that the military predicts and that many climate scientists say are possible,” the study stated.

In a report to Congress, the Pentagon called climate change “a national security issue” and launched several initiatives to prepare for it.