Is climate war inevitable? The Pentagon is the world’s single largest fuel user and emitter of greenhouse gases. Its annual emissions are larger than many of the world’s country’s emissions. The DOD also frets about climate change caused conflict, calling climate change a “threat multiplier.” What is the scope and scale of Pentagon fuel use? Can it be reduced?
Neta C. Crawford is a Professor of Political Science at Boston University where she is also currently the chair of the department. She is the author of several books, including Accountability for Killing (Oxford University Press, 2013) about the moral responsibility for civilian killing in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen. She is also the author of Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization and Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2002). She is co-editor of How Sanctions Work: Lessons From South Africa (1999). She is co-director of the Costs of War project, costsofwar.org. She has authored dozens of scholarly articles in academic journals and books, and written op eds that have appeared in newspapers, including The Washington Post, Boston Globe; Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post. Her current book project, To Make Heaven Weep: Civilians and the American Way of War examines the treatment of civilians by the US military from 1608 to the present.