Thursday, August 7, 2008

Supply the Irish with beer for a millennium

For the price of the Iraq War, we could've supplied the Irish with beer for a thousand years.

Kirin estimates Irish beer consumption at 521 million liters per year, second in the world on a per capita basis. At this rate the Irish would drink 521 billion liters of beer per millennium. A twelve-pack of 330 ml Guinness bottles costs $16, and contains 4 liters of beer. At these prices we could provide the Irish with a millennium's worth of beer for $2.084 trillion, which is less than Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes' estimate of $3 trillion for the cost of the Iraq War.

Image used under a Creative Commons license from Voss.


Mark W Adams said...

My first thought was new Macbooks for everyone, but when I did the math, that was kinda cheap. You can pick up a new MacBook Pro for around $1,800. Upgrade to the top of the line with all the bells and whistles (you know, the big one) and you're up to Three Grand. Even with that supercomputer warming your thighs you could still throw in a high end iPhone and its two-year contract with the best voice and data plan AT&T will set you back another $3,000 or so.

So, for the Three Trillion Dollar price of the Iraq war, you could have given every single one of our 350 Million Americans a state of the art Macintosh laptop, an iPhone complete with an unlimited service contract, AND got them each a big screen TV.

(BTW, you're linked)

TomP said...

Great series. We could have done so much with that money.

Dave Spiegel said...

The Petronas Towers cost $1.6 billion, and cover 395,000 square meters. For $3 trillion, we could have built 1,875 of them, which would cover 741 square kilometers, or 289 square miles. This is nearly enough area to cover the whole of New York City (305 sq. miles), and more than enough to cover NYC minus Staten Island (246 sq. miles).

So, for the price of the Iraq War we could have built enough replicas of the Petronas Twin Towers to cover almost every square inch of New York City. Freedom Tower, take that!

AdrianPoynter said...

Am I allowed to have moved to Ireland in this hypothetical?

I vote yesh.

Markus Gaupås Johansen said...

According to Wikipedia, the first Police Academy movie costed USD 4,500 000 to make. This means you can make 222 222 sequals to the first seven movies for the cost of a Iraq War. Nobody even have to buy a ticket!

Pete said...

As an Irishman I fully approve of this idea.