Do as we say, not as we do: gasoline edition
Earlier today President Bush said “people should conserve and be wise about how they use gas and energy.”
This is ironic in part because the US military is a large player in the oil economy.Â If the US military was a country it would be the worlds 38th largest consumer of oil.Â Yet despite its large appetite and soaring crude prices, its operations will continue unabated.
Every year untold quantities of jet fuel are dumped into the ocean by Naval aircraft prior to landing due to weight restrictions.Â Main battle tanks are notorious gas hogs, with a thirsty M1 Abrams getting about .56 mpg.Â The Humvee doesn’t fare much better, cruising at 4 mpg in the city, or 8 mpg on highways.Â And according to SDUT, “an F-16 warplane consumes more fuel in one hour than an average car does in two years.”
Plus, threatening to attack the petroleum infrastructure of another country would certainly not help conserve gas and energy — even if someone plans to siphon the crude off the killing fields.