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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Jeanie Ghafari
Bianca Fazio
Debbie James
Klaus Steinbrecher
Evan Sugden
Steven Otto
Miriam Kishi
Marcus Hogle
Bernhard Völk
James Forte
Dwight Lawton
Lynne Grande
Padma Dyvine
Jan Thomas
John Fussell
Pamella Saffer
Arlene Ogurick
Melody Ward-Said
Constantina Hanse
Anneke Corbett
James Gillett
Ruth Phillips
Christine Brunner
Nickie McNichols
felix owusu
Diane McKenna McKenna
Nora Handler
Gwenna Weshinskey
Scott Parker
isobel McMillan
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  • Jeanie Ghafari
    signed 2018-12-15 11:58:55 -0500
  • Bianca Fazio
    signed 2018-12-15 11:52:28 -0500
  • Debbie James
    signed 2018-12-15 11:51:46 -0500
    Debbie James
  • Klaus Steinbrecher
    signed 2018-12-15 11:49:15 -0500
  • Evan Sugden
    signed 2018-12-15 11:46:47 -0500
  • Steven Otto
    signed 2018-12-15 11:27:53 -0500
    Steven Otto, I oppose our bloated national war budget and will do anything I can to oppose it.
  • Miriam Kishi
    signed 2018-12-15 11:27:23 -0500
  • Marcus Hogle
    signed 2018-12-15 11:20:27 -0500
  • Bernhard Völk
    signed 2018-12-15 11:12:57 -0500
  • James Forte
    signed 2018-12-15 11:10:45 -0500
  • Dwight Lawton
    signed 2018-12-15 11:01:57 -0500
    Dwight Lawton
  • Lynne Grande
    signed 2018-12-15 10:48:00 -0500
  • Padma Dyvine
    signed 2018-12-15 10:37:06 -0500
    Padma Dyvine
  • Jan Thomas
    signed 2018-12-15 10:32:45 -0500
    Why not go all the way?
  • John Fussell
    signed 2018-12-15 10:14:54 -0500
    Transform military industrial complex to a green non-violent industrial complex!
  • Pamella Saffer
    signed 2018-12-15 10:02:02 -0500
  • Arlene Ogurick
    signed 2018-12-15 09:34:03 -0500
  • Melody Ward-Said
    signed 2018-12-15 09:28:39 -0500
  • Constantina Hanse
    signed 2018-12-15 09:22:39 -0500
  • Anneke Corbett
    signed 2018-12-15 09:06:17 -0500
  • James Gillett
    signed 2018-12-15 09:03:20 -0500
  • Ruth Phillips
    signed 2018-12-15 08:51:48 -0500
  • Christine Brunner
    signed 2018-12-15 08:40:45 -0500
  • Nickie McNichols
    signed 2018-12-15 08:33:20 -0500
  • felix owusu
    signed 2018-12-15 06:45:43 -0500
  • Diane McKenna McKenna
    signed 2018-12-15 06:38:25 -0500
  • Nora Handler
    signed 2018-12-15 06:07:01 -0500
  • Gwenna Weshinskey
    signed 2018-12-15 06:01:33 -0500
  • Scott Parker
    signed 2018-12-15 05:39:19 -0500
    Thanks for standing up and putting your energy into creating badly needed new pathways for changing directions of the herd. Thank you again.
  • isobel McMillan
    signed 2018-12-15 05:16:58 -0500
    isobel mc millan
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