Biden’s budget request: $45B for climate, $813B for the Pentagon
Speaking Security Newsletter | Advisory Note for Activists and Candidates, n°150 | 28 March 2022
The White House released Joe Biden’s budget request for fiscal year 2023 today, or at least a formal preview of the forthcoming full version. While the budget framework leaves a lot of stuff out, there’s more than enough in there to gauge the Biden administration’s priorities.
Biden’s budget request is tantamount to climate change denialism and no amount of climate-conscious discourse changes that, although the White House certainly tried: In the funding proposal, the Biden administration mentions some version of “tackling the climate crisis” like 11 different times. However, there’s not enough climate money in the spending plan ($44.9 billion) to take these assurances seriously.
All told, military spending makes up more than 51% of Biden’s $1.6 trillion FY2023 spending proposal. Climate only makes less than 3%.
An underfunded climate response is a problem regardless of whether it’s accompanied by a radically overfunded military budget, but military-related emissions are a big reason why it makes the problem worse. Based on the most recently available data, the US military-industrial complex pollutes more than 171 countries.