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Research by social scientists from two U.K. universities shows the U.S. military consumes more liquid fuels and emits more CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent) than most countries.

The new study, undertaken by researchers from Durham University and Lancaster University, indicates that if the U.S. military were a nation state, it would be the 47th largest emitter of GHG in the world, if only taking into account emissions from fuel usage.

The researchers’ examination of the U.S. military focused on the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency—Energy (DLA-E). This agency is the primary purchase-point for hydrocarbon-based fuels for the U.S. Military and a powerful actor in the global oil market, with the fuels it delivers powering everything from routine base operations in the U.S. to forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Read on.