Two awful “80%” headlines: Pentagon’s use of USG fuel and GMOs in American food

url-1That figure 80% just jumped out at me, twice, today:

Elephant in the Room: The Pentagon’s Massive Carbon Footprint


According to its own study, in 2013 the Pentagon consumed fuel equivalent to 90,000,000 barrels of crude oil. This amounts to 80% of the total fuel usage by the federal government. If burned as jet fuel it produces about 38,700,000 metric tons of CO2. And the Pentagon’s figures do not include carbon produced by the thousands of bombs dropped in 2013, or the fires that burned after the jets and drones departed.

Corporate media reports on alarming climate change never mention the Pentagon.

Congressman and Agricultural Subcommittee Chairman: “Nearly 80 Percent of the Food Produced In the United States Contains Some Kind of GM [Genetically Modified] Product”

I didn’t realize there is such a thing as “the 80/20 rule.” Having googled “80%” I discovered it, aka “The Pareto Principle.”

What relevance has that so-called rule to these two disgusting examples?


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1 Response to Two awful “80%” headlines: Pentagon’s use of USG fuel and GMOs in American food

  1. Kieron says:

    *Thank* you for pointing this out. The MIC always gets a huge pass whenever the guilt-tripping ramps up about carbon dioxide emissions, but us little peons (or pee-ons as I like to spell it) are all going to hell for daring to exhale, or try to make a living. Infuriating!

    As for 80/20, that’s also what us pee-ons have to pay for our “health care.” We pay 80% of the bill, if we’re lucky, and the health plan deigns to pay 20% while turning around and shoveling a huge profit to the stockholders and CEO’s.

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