Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Do we really spend $20 Billion a year on Air Conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan?

This claim has gone mainstream in recent days after a report mentioned that we spend $20 billion/year on providing Air Conditioning for soldiers. The story was clearly written to grab attention and the details are much more complicated than the headline would lead you to believe.

To get to the $20 billion number the study includes the cost of building and securing roads in Afghanistan which is a service we'd still pay for even if there was no air conditioning so that's a bit misleading, but this story at least makes us discuss how we should spend our increasingly limited resources.

Why Does It Cost So Much?

To power an air conditioner at a remote outpost in landlocked Afghanistan, a gallon of fuel has to be shipped into Karachi, Pakistan, then driven 800 miles over 18 days to Afghanistan on roads that are sometimes little more than "improved goat trails," Anderson says. "And you've got risks that are associated with moving the fuel almost every mile of the way."

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The fun never seems to end for eurozone. Greece seems to be bailed out for the time being, but now Portugal gets downgraded and Ireland's interest rates are soaring. Oh, and just in case you wanted to fly to Europe this weekend:

"Experts say one of Iceland's most feared volcanoes looks ready to erupt, with measurements indicating magma movement, raising fears of a new ash cloud halting flights over Europe. The Iceland Civil Protection Authority says it is closely monitoring the situation. "The movements around Hekla have been unusual in the last two to three days," University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said."

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I have a well known desire to score a deal whenever possible - my kids would call me cheap, but that's another story. I wanted to confirm this deal before passing it along but we tried it out yesterday and it worked great, so here you are ---

Regal Cinemas (including the new Salmon Run Mall location) is offering $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings!

This is only for select G and PG movies (usually older movies - yesterday it was Despicable Me and The Chronicles of Narnia) and only for the 10am shows on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the summer. The theater is not promoting this offer with anything other than a small sign and a few postcards on their counters.

However, taking a family of four to the movies for $4 is definitely a must do if you have kids complaining about being bored this summer.

You can see a list of participating theaters here and if you click on the Salmon Run Mall you'll see the entire summer schedule.

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