Tuesday, 28 June 2011

US Spends £12.5 Billion a Year on Air Con in Iraq and Afghanistan

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The US military spends about $20 billion (£12.5 billion) a year just to air-condition its bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, a retired senior officer has claimed.

Brigadier General Steve Anderson, who served as chief logistician to General David Petraeus in Iraq, said that the American department of defence (DOD) was shockingly inefficient in its energy use.

"In essence what we're doing is we're air conditioning the desert over there in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places," Brig. Gen. Anderson said.

Taking into account raw fuel, transport and security, "DOD will spend about $20 billion annually to air-condition tents and temporary structures," he told National Public Radio. » | Jon Swaine, New York | Tuesday, June 28, 2011