Include a New Peace Deal in the Green New Deal

We love and wholeheartedly support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal AND we suggest some additions to address the environmental impact of militarism and the bloated Pentagon budget as a source of revenue. Sign your name to our letter below!


Dear Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,

We are thrilled with your draft of a Green New Deal and support it wholeheartedly. We would, however, like to suggest some additions to acknowledge the existence of the U.S. military as an environmentally destructive force, and the enormous U.S. military budget (over 60% of discretionary spending) as a potential source of revenue for the green initiatives this nation so desperately needs.

1. We suggest changing this:

The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that innovative public and other financing structures are a crucial component in achieving and furthering the goals and guidelines relating to social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality and cooperative and public ownership set forth in paragraphs (2)(A)(i) and (6)(B).
to this:

The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that much of the 60% of discretionary spending now going into the environmentally destructive project of militarism can be moved to environmental protection, and that innovative public and other financing structures. . . .

2. We suggest adding this:

  • a major transition away from the environmental destruction of war and war-preparations, including the closure of most of the U.S. military bases abroad and within the United States and the thorough cleanup of the land and water in those locations.

    To the following list:

    The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall be developed in order to achieve the following goals, in each case in no longer than 10 years from the start of execution of the Plan:
  • 100% of national power generation from renewable sources;
  • building a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid;
  • upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety;
  • decarbonizing the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries;
  • decarbonizing, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure;
  • funding massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases;
  • making “green” technology, industry, expertise, products and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely carbon neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.

Thank you again for your fantastic initiative and we hope you are able to incorporate our suggestions.

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  • vivian zelaya
    signed via 2019-03-22 23:38:35 -0400
    vivian zelaya
  • Carolyn Scarr
    signed via 2019-03-22 00:09:04 -0400
    Definitely—war is environmentally destructive. And the everyday operation of the military even when it is not attacking someone is environmentally destructive.
  • Zena Sawaged
    signed 2019-03-21 19:19:57 -0400
  • Mary Ames
    signed 2019-03-13 16:50:33 -0400
  • Arnold Stieber
    signed 2019-03-11 10:17:07 -0400
    Army, infantry veteran of the U.S. war against the people of Viet Nam (yes, it’s two words).
  • Zoe Hemez
    signed 2019-03-09 14:56:53 -0500
  • Stephanie Trasoff Trasoff
    signed 2019-03-06 21:19:56 -0500
  • Aline Prata
    signed 2019-03-06 15:46:54 -0500
  • Wendy Wilhelm
    signed 2019-02-28 23:39:06 -0500
    Wendy Bryce Wilhelm
  • Janice Mansfield
    signed 2019-02-20 10:12:04 -0500
    Janice Mansfield
  • Carol Follett
    signed 2019-02-15 21:20:19 -0500
    Carol Follett
  • russell miller
    signed 2019-02-15 19:07:55 -0500
    russell Dean miller
  • JoAnne Beemon
    signed 2019-02-15 16:12:38 -0500
    Two Spectres of Death are in the Hall. One is Climate Change, the other is Nuclear War. Fossil Fuels and Pipelines are at the Root of both.
  • Monica McAghon
    signed 2019-02-09 06:46:54 -0500
    Monica McAghon We need a global Green New Deal with profits going to the people, not the military, or into the pockets of top 5% capitalist profiteers.
  • Diane Harrison
    signed 2019-02-02 04:16:57 -0500
  • Anna Maria Caldara
    signed 2019-02-01 18:05:44 -0500
  • georgia firman
    signed 2019-02-01 14:54:41 -0500
  • Kris Nelson
    signed 2019-01-24 08:34:10 -0500
    Kris Nelson
  • Tanya Khaledi
    signed 2019-01-22 14:33:28 -0500
    I am a Green Party member in strong support of a TRUE Green New Deal. These revisions to the version proposed by rep Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez will address the people’s concerns in our governmental gross negligent funding of the industrial military complex. We must reallocate the 60% of budgetary spending currently being wasted on volatile warfare and needless death and destruction towards a peace economy by reinvesting in renewable energy and carbon neutral technological advancements.
  • Garrick Balk
    signed 2019-01-19 21:32:59 -0500
    Garrick Balk
  • Debra Orben
    signed 2019-01-18 16:38:46 -0500
  • Jacob Tonkel
    signed 2019-01-16 16:59:54 -0500
  • Carolyn Birden
    signed 2019-01-16 13:23:10 -0500
  • Thomas Moran
    signed 2019-01-16 12:12:36 -0500
    The U.S. Military is the largest emitter of GHG emissions. End war and embrace peace. Too many lives have been lost in wars for oil and other natural resources.
  • Catherine M Flamenbaum
    signed 2019-01-16 10:37:21 -0500
  • Ernest Jones
    signed 2019-01-15 22:24:28 -0500
  • Wendy Wilhelm
    signed 2019-01-15 21:33:49 -0500
  • Christine Pepin
    signed 2019-01-15 16:48:16 -0500
    Wholeheartedly agree with CodePink’s additions to AOC’s GND!! That and the inclusion of Indigenous communities. Thank you.
  • Mimi Bluestone
    signed 2019-01-15 16:21:53 -0500
  • Mb Garrett
    signed 2019-01-15 16:07:56 -0500
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