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15% of US Electricity Supply from $454 billion Iraq War

Posted By Chelsea Green Publishing On August 24, 2007 @ 12:51 pm In Green Building,Nature & Environment,Renewable Energy | No Comments

Now that President Bush has again exhorted Americans to “stay the course” in Iraq, perhaps it’s a good time to again consider what we could have done with the money spent on waging war in the Middle East had we heeded the Biblical injunction to beat swords into plowshares.

The United States could now be generating from 1% to 15% of its electricity supply if the direct costs of the Iraq war ($454 billion) had been invested instead in wind or solar energy.

Had the United States invested in solar energy instead of war, the country would now be operating 45,000 MW of solar photovoltaics, 20 times that in Germany, the world’s leader.
Similarly, had the United States chosen to install wind turbines instead, the country would be 225,000 MW of wind generating capacity, 20 times that currently installed in the country.

More details on the lost opportunities of the Iraq war can be found here.

— Posted by Paul Gipe, who is the author of Wind Power [1] and Wind Energy Basics [2]


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[1] Wind Power: http://www.chelseagreen.com/2004/items/windpower

[2] Wind Energy Basics: http://www.chelseagreen.com/1999/items/windenergybasics

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