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A sick graph – Iraq war spending vs. spending on renewable energy

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Published on 10/30/2007 in
Updated 12/30/2014

 A sick graph of renewable energy spending versus Iraq war spending

These figures are in millions. The source for energy R&D expenditures is from the National Council for Science and the Environment. Take a look here. Though the war in Iraq now costs about $120B a year, two authors (one a Nobel prize winner) estimates the total cost of this war exceeds 2 Trillion Dollars.

“Accrued liabilities for U.S. federal employees’ and veterans’ benefits now total $4.5 trillion. Indeed, our debt for veterans’ health and disability payments has risen by $228 billion in the past year alone…The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the interest payments on the money borrowed to finance the Iraq war will total $264 billion to $308 billion.”

That $2,000,000,000,000? Well, that amount of money could’ve built solar thermal plants here that would have provided energy for 2/3rds of our nation’s energy demand.

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Last modified: December 30, 2014

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I am a Republican. However I am tired of the US spending money and our soldier’s lives on people who don’t respect our sacrifices for them. Those funds should be spent on solar energy, research and training of US citizens. Eliminate our dependence on oil and those countries will wither away.

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