The Pentagon is the largest single consumer of oil in the world, using one-quarter of the world’s jet fuel. Yet the military’s use of energy and contribution to global warming is rarely discussed. Barry Sanders tackles the relationship between militarism and environmental destruction in his recent book The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism. Sanders is a prolific author and was, until his retirement a professor of the history of ideas and English at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

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