An al­ter­na­tive on de­fense spend­ing

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

We spend over $ 700 bil­lion on “de­fense” ev­ery year, much of it on re­search and de­vel­op­ment. Why not spend some of these re­sources on re­new­able en­ergy and im­prov­ing U.S. en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture?

Con­trol­ling oil pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion has driven most of our ac­tions in the Mid­dle East. Redi­rect­ing re­sources to solve re­new­able de­vel­op­ment and im­prove the in­ef­fi­cient U.S. in­fra­struc­ture would re­duce the pres­sure for the U.S. to con­trol Mid­dle East oil.

It would also shift the at­ten­tion from in­vad­ing the Mid­dle East, cre­at­ing refugees/ji­hadists.

We con­stantly chal­lenge the smartest among us with “DARPA-hard” prob­lems that seem un­solv­able. Why not ap­ply some of these re­sources where they can help hu­man­ity?

– Don Schon­der, Char­lotte

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