Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Innumerate Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo: "The U.S. spends 60 billion dollars on its military marching bands"

Critics Brand Climate Talks Another Lost Opportunity - AlertNet
"Science says emissions need to peak in 2015," said Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, as the final plenary of COP 18 concluded last Saturday night, a full day late.
To help governments cope, industrialised nations promised to put 100 billion dollars a year into a Green Climate Fund by 2020. To bridge the gap until then, developing nations asked for 60 billion dollars in total by 2015.
"The U.S. spends 60 billion dollars on its military marching bands," said Naidoo.
Flashback: Military Marching Bands: Your Tax Dollars At Work : The Record : NPR
"The only service that came up with a number was the Marines," he says. "And the Marines came back and told me factually that they spend $50 million on their bands. The Army couldn't give me a good figure and they finally estimated $198 million, but they pride themselves on being the biggest employer of musicians in the country — between four and five thousand of them."

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