What if Iraq War trillions had been spent on renewables?

Paul Gipe: Original 4/7/05, updated 20/12/07 & 10/4/13

The war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion through fiscal year 2013, according to Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. That’s trillion, with a “t”. Including future costs for veteran’s care, and so on, raises the cost to $2.2 trillion.

Based on a conservative estimate, the US could have built between a quarter-million to nearly a half-million megawatts of wind energy, and 300,000 to 600,000 megawatts of solar capacity. For comparison, today there are only 60,000 MW of wind in the US, and a paltry 7,000 MW of solar.

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