End Pentagon Climate Crimes! Say Veterans Arrested In DC

Before deciding to reduce my own emissions by taking action closer to home, I used to join Veterans for Peace members risking arrest in Washington DC to protest U.S. wars. VFP members’ motivation this week was an issue I’ve been focused on for years, and one that is finally getting some traction in the corporate press: the climate impact of the U.S. military. So I’m a bit sad that I wasn’t there with them.

I appreciate this group’s efforts to get our warmongering government to recognize that we’re in a climate emergency and act accordingly. VFP members also called attention to other dangerous enivronmental impacts of military pollution, from toxic burn pits to leaking jet fuel into the groundwater in Hawai’i.

Here’s the press release from their action in DC.

Military Veterans Arrested Demanding Presidential & Congressional Action on Climate Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Wednesday, August 3rd, seven military veterans and supporters were arrested near the U.S. Capitol Building. Members of Veterans For Peace, an organization of over 120 military veteran chapters worldwide, gathered at the foot of the Capitol demanding more robust action on addressing the climate crisis.

Veterans For Peace demands that the President and Congress:

  • Stop the U.S.-driven wars and all military weapons sales, shipments and support to nation states engaged in open armed conflict.
  • Require the U.S. military release a full report on their greenhouse gas emissions. The United States military does not publicly and regularly report its overall fuel consumption or greenhouse gas emissions—despite requirements laid out in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. DoD is estimated to emit more CO2 than over 120 separate countries.
  • Declare a Climate Emergency NOW–and use all the resulting Presidential powers including stopping the granting of new resource extraction permits and leases, e.g., drilling on public lands and pipeline construction, and strengthening of standards including air quality and methane emissions.
  • Cut the Pentagon Budget- Military spending should be reduced by at least $200 billion annually, freeing up $2 trillion or more over the next decade for domestic and human needs priorities. With those spending cuts, the Pentagon’s budget would remain more than enough to keep America safe at a level well above our nation’s post-World War II historical average.
  • Prioritize investing in communities in the U.S. impacted by the military and climate change and in the Global South including paying the U.S.’ climate debt.
  • Prioritize diplomacy over the threat of military force, beginning with negotiations for a global Climate Emergency Treaty and the renegotiation of lapsed nuclear arms treaties between U.S. and Russia.

“The military has done next to nothing to reduce their carbon footprint, either ignoring the climate mandate completely or just focusing on creating more advanced weapons systems that can continue to operate under worsening climate conditions. From the burn pits to nuclear waste to water contamination in Hawai’i, the U.S. military is responsible for an unprecedented amount of climate disasters. It is past time for Congress and the President to hold the U.S. military accountable for their catastrophic effects on the planet.” -Garett Reppenhagen, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, U.S. Army, Cavalry/Scout Sniper, OIF Veteran.

“I chose to risk arrest today because as a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, I saw firsthand the devastation that the military has wrought on countries around the globe, including just 48 hours ago when the U.S. military issued yet another drone strike on Afghanistan. The U.S. spends unprecedented amounts of money on an ever-expanding U.S. military, using veterans like me as pawns in their justifications for more money. We need to be reducing U.S. militarism and redirecting that money towards climate solutions like renewable energy and resources that meet human needs.” -Chris Velazquez, OIF/OEF Veteran, 2004-2010

Interviews available upon request

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 For Photos of the Event

“As a retired research geologist I fear the climate crisis. As a veteran, I know our military fuels this crisis and they have no accountability for their actions. It is too late for more talk, we need immediate action.” -Jim Rine, U.S. Army, 1970-73

“As a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia, which has the largest naval institution in the world, I’ve seen the domestic environmental harm the military causes in my own backyard. From the dumping of jet fuel into wetlands in Virginia Beach to the contamination of our waterways from shipyards, it’s important to recognize all impacts of incessant militarism and say no to the military’s war on the climate.” T.J. Thompson, U.S. Navy, 1998-2004, deployed to South America, Mediterranean Cruise and the invasion of Iraq

“It is totally irresponsible for our government to spend billions of dollars funding wars abroad that accelerate the climate crisis while people are suffering at home without housing or food.” -Jeff Parente, U.S. Marine Corps, 2006-2014, OIF Veteran

“The money needed to avoid the worst results of climate change, as well as many other social issues that lack adequate funding, is the wasteful and bloated military budget. Not only that, the U.S. military is the greatest contributor to mounting ecological catastrophe.” -Joshua Farris, U.S. Army, 2000-2004, OIF veteran

“We’ve passed the point of return for our climate and our world. I am here because I know that we must do everything we can to mitigate the worst of what is to come. We must not sit back in apathy and hopelessness. The time to act is NOW.” -Stephanie Atkinson, U.S. Army Reserve, 1984-1990

“As a veteran I have seen first hand the waste of the U.S. military. I have also watched Congress say that they care about veterans and active duty members of the military as an excuse to enrich lobbyists and military contractors, while defunding any military benefits. Since leaving the military I have become a land conservation advocate and I believe I have a responsibility to speak out against U.S. militarism and the pollution that the military creates.” -Mike Marion, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1988-90, Panama

“One of the ways I atone for my actions when I was in the military in Iraq, before I knew any better, was to work towards a better world.  I want future generations to have a chance to live in a world that is not on fire.”  -Jules Vaquera, U.S. Air Force, OIF Veteran, 2000-2006

Contact: 314-899-4515, press@veteransforpeace.org

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Check out VFP’s Climate and Militarism Project which is doing great work educating and resisting. 

End Pentagon Climate Crimes! Say Veterans Arrested In DC

Before deciding to reduce my own emissions by taking action closer to home, I used to join Veterans for Peace members risking arrest in Washington DC to protest U.S. wars. VFP members’ motivation this week was an issue I’ve been focused on for years, and one that is finally getting some traction in the corporate press: the climate impact of the U.S. military. So I’m a bit sad that I wasn’t there with them.

I appreciate this group’s efforts to get our warmongering government to recognize that we’re in a climate emergency and act accordingly. VFP members also called attention to other dangerous enivronmental impacts of military pollution, from toxic burn pits to leaking jet fuel into the groundwater in Hawai’i.

Here’s the press release from their action in DC.

Military Veterans Arrested Demanding Presidential & Congressional Action on Climate Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Wednesday, August 3rd, seven military veterans and supporters were arrested near the U.S. Capitol Building. Members of Veterans For Peace, an organization of over 120 military veteran chapters worldwide, gathered at the foot of the Capitol demanding more robust action on addressing the climate crisis.

Veterans For Peace demands that the President and Congress:

  • Stop the U.S.-driven wars and all military weapons sales, shipments and support to nation states engaged in open armed conflict.
  • Require the U.S. military release a full report on their greenhouse gas emissions. The United States military does not publicly and regularly report its overall fuel consumption or greenhouse gas emissions—despite requirements laid out in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. DoD is estimated to emit more CO2 than over 120 separate countries.
  • Declare a Climate Emergency NOW–and use all the resulting Presidential powers including stopping the granting of new resource extraction permits and leases, e.g., drilling on public lands and pipeline construction, and strengthening of standards including air quality and methane emissions.
  • Cut the Pentagon Budget- Military spending should be reduced by at least $200 billion annually, freeing up $2 trillion or more over the next decade for domestic and human needs priorities. With those spending cuts, the Pentagon’s budget would remain more than enough to keep America safe at a level well above our nation’s post-World War II historical average.
  • Prioritize investing in communities in the U.S. impacted by the military and climate change and in the Global South including paying the U.S.’ climate debt.
  • Prioritize diplomacy over the threat of military force, beginning with negotiations for a global Climate Emergency Treaty and the renegotiation of lapsed nuclear arms treaties between U.S. and Russia.

“The military has done next to nothing to reduce their carbon footprint, either ignoring the climate mandate completely or just focusing on creating more advanced weapons systems that can continue to operate under worsening climate conditions. From the burn pits to nuclear waste to water contamination in Hawai’i, the U.S. military is responsible for an unprecedented amount of climate disasters. It is past time for Congress and the President to hold the U.S. military accountable for their catastrophic effects on the planet.” -Garett Reppenhagen, Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, U.S. Army, Cavalry/Scout Sniper, OIF Veteran.

“I chose to risk arrest today because as a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, I saw firsthand the devastation that the military has wrought on countries around the globe, including just 48 hours ago when the U.S. military issued yet another drone strike on Afghanistan. The U.S. spends unprecedented amounts of money on an ever-expanding U.S. military, using veterans like me as pawns in their justifications for more money. We need to be reducing U.S. militarism and redirecting that money towards climate solutions like renewable energy and resources that meet human needs.” -Chris Velazquez, OIF/OEF Veteran, 2004-2010

Interviews available upon request

####

 For Photos of the Event

“As a retired research geologist I fear the climate crisis. As a veteran, I know our military fuels this crisis and they have no accountability for their actions. It is too late for more talk, we need immediate action.” -Jim Rine, U.S. Army, 1970-73

“As a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia, which has the largest naval institution in the world, I’ve seen the domestic environmental harm the military causes in my own backyard. From the dumping of jet fuel into wetlands in Virginia Beach to the contamination of our waterways from shipyards, it’s important to recognize all impacts of incessant militarism and say no to the military’s war on the climate.” T.J. Thompson, U.S. Navy, 1998-2004, deployed to South America, Mediterranean Cruise and the invasion of Iraq

“It is totally irresponsible for our government to spend billions of dollars funding wars abroad that accelerate the climate crisis while people are suffering at home without housing or food.” -Jeff Parente, U.S. Marine Corps, 2006-2014, OIF Veteran

“The money needed to avoid the worst results of climate change, as well as many other social issues that lack adequate funding, is the wasteful and bloated military budget. Not only that, the U.S. military is the greatest contributor to mounting ecological catastrophe.” -Joshua Farris, U.S. Army, 2000-2004, OIF veteran

“We’ve passed the point of return for our climate and our world. I am here because I know that we must do everything we can to mitigate the worst of what is to come. We must not sit back in apathy and hopelessness. The time to act is NOW.” -Stephanie Atkinson, U.S. Army Reserve, 1984-1990

“As a veteran I have seen first hand the waste of the U.S. military. I have also watched Congress say that they care about veterans and active duty members of the military as an excuse to enrich lobbyists and military contractors, while defunding any military benefits. Since leaving the military I have become a land conservation advocate and I believe I have a responsibility to speak out against U.S. militarism and the pollution that the military creates.” -Mike Marion, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1988-90, Panama

“One of the ways I atone for my actions when I was in the military in Iraq, before I knew any better, was to work towards a better world.  I want future generations to have a chance to live in a world that is not on fire.”  -Jules Vaquera, U.S. Air Force, OIF Veteran, 2000-2006

Contact: 314-899-4515, press@veteransforpeace.org

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Check out VFP’s Climate and Militarism Project which is doing great work educating and resisting. 

Provocations In The East, False Flags In The West

A roundup of war news, spreading rapidly as the U.S. empire thrashes about in its death throes. History suggests that 800+ military bases around the planet might look like they offer a solution to losing the consent of the governed: the president currently has 31% approval (Quinnipiac) and 75% of registered voters in his own party don’t want him to run again in 2024 (CNN).

House Speaker Pelosi in Taiwan

Despite being warned that her visit to Taiwan violates previous U.S. agreements to respect China’s sovereignty, she persists.

In a likely too little, too late move, the Biden administration announces a feeble competitor for infrastructure projects where China’s Belt and Road Initiative is already well underway in Africa.

Drone bombing Afghanistan 

Despite “withdrawing” from Afghanistan and stealing their funds abroad to prevent the Taliban government from feeding the hungry, plus funding Al Qaeda in Syria for years as “moderate rebels”, the U.S. announced it had assassinated a top Al Qaeda leader in Kabul. 

“Justice has been delivered,” claimed the U.S. president despite the fact that extrajudicial murder is about as far from justice as you can get. The president claimed that assassinating Ayman al-Zawahiri is a sign of America’s resolve. (To do the bidding of Israel‘s government, I think he forgot to add.)

U.S. troops in Yemen

The long humanitarian disaster of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen has only been possible with logistical support from its U.S. ally. Now the president of the U.S. has confimed to Congress — you know, the legislative branch of government that used to have the sole authority to wage war — that the U.S. has troops in Yemen as well. (Proxy war with Iran in Yemen is an element of the U.S. close alliance with colonial occupier Israel in Palestine, and despite Biden campaigning on a promise to end U.S. support for the Saudi’s war there.)

Neither Twitter nor Facebook would permit me to share a link to this article.

Spreading the false flag news that Russian, not Ukrainian, forces bombed a Russian POW camp filled with captured fighters of the Azov battalion. Why would Ukraine do that? Because dead men tell no tales of forced conscription and botched operations.

Source: SanctionsKill.org

Sanctions on Venezuela and numerous other non-compliant nations. The U.S. president recently called the regions south of the U.S. border “America’s front yard” perhaps indicating we are no longer a bad neighbor but now think we own the continent.

Ben Norton, “The End of U.S. Hegemony and the Rise of BRICS”, Mintpress News:

In the past two decades, the U.S. grip on global power has been slipping, and new nations and organizations have begun to emerge that challenge American dominance. One of these is the BRICS, an economic and increasingly political bloc of emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Argentina, Iran and others have expressed an interest in joining this alliance, which has now laid out plans for its own bank and international currency, two moves strike at the heart of American economic hegemony.

“Now that the U.S. has sanctioned one-quarter of the global population, and especially now with the economic war on Russia, BRICS has emerged as this new economic infrastructure bringing countries together that want to get around Western sanctions,”

War at home: Russiaphobia used as pretext for violent attacks on Black organization, theAfrican People’s Socialist Party (APSP).

From August 1, 2022 Black Alliance for Peace press release:

On Friday, July 29, 2022, the FBI executed multiple raids against APSP’s Uhuru House in St. Petersburg, Florida and their Uhuru Solidarity Center in St. Louis, Missouri and the private residence of APSP Chairman Omali Yeshitela also in St. Louis. The FBI employed flashbang grenades and handcuffed Yeshitela and his wife while their house was raided.

The FBI claims that the raids are connected to the federal indictment of a Russian national, Aleksandr Ionov, alleging that he has been working to spread “Russian propaganda” in the United States.

Source: Trzmiel/Shutterstock

Nuclear war looming?

From In-Depth News “Caring About Nuclear Sharing: A Setback for Nuclear Arms Control”: 

It is estimated that between 100 and 150 American B61 nuclear weapons are stationed in five countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. NATO has now announced its desire to modernise its nuclear deterrence..

NATO officials were enthusiastic about the widely shared willingness to modernise the nuclear sharing concept. Jessica Cox, Chief of NATO’s nuclear policy directorate said: “We’re moving fast and furiously towards F-35 modernization and incorporating those into our planning and exercising…” And she added that “the aircraft’s advanced features also will boost the capabilities of alliance members and F-35 customers like Poland, Denmark or Norway who might be tasked with supporting actual nuclear sharing missions.”

Cox is the bland bureaucratic face of discussions preparing for total annihilation. But don’t let her tone fool you. 

Educate yourself, and speak out against the WW3 madness.

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