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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  • Joanne James
    signed 2018-12-15 04:54:49 -0500
    Joanne M James
  • Ellen Rubin
    signed 2018-12-15 04:11:06 -0500
    Ellen C Rubin
  • Cameron Crawford
    signed 2018-12-15 04:07:12 -0500
  • B Soltis
    signed 2018-12-15 03:52:31 -0500
  • Eugenia Diesel
    signed 2018-12-15 03:26:57 -0500
  • Alexander Leipold
    signed 2018-12-15 02:45:58 -0500
    Living in the country with the biggest current account surplus in the world (more than 8% of GDP) I would love to see the US industry growing from green innovation, providing decent jobs and prosperity for the American people. Producing and exporting innovative green products would “make America great again”. If we want to survive we must reduce energy consumption in production and of cause have to ban destructive military forces from our societies. There is a huge difference between defence and warfare.

    The green new deal is inevitable. If we won’t do it now, we will be forced to within the next decade by the devastating effects of climate change that are going to grow ubiquitously.
  • Wesley Choy
    signed 2018-12-15 01:40:54 -0500
  • Heron Brae
    signed 2018-12-15 01:29:00 -0500
  • Peter Holcomb
    signed 2018-12-15 01:17:15 -0500
  • Edie Bruce
    signed 2018-12-15 01:16:22 -0500
  • Erik Lobo
    signed 2018-12-15 01:16:10 -0500
    member of American Indian Movement, Veterans For Peace, retired cop
  • Susan CUNDIFF Cundiff
    signed 2018-12-15 01:07:28 -0500
  • Guy Liston
    signed 2018-12-15 00:55:36 -0500
  • Dorit Hanover
    signed 2018-12-15 00:42:48 -0500
  • Vj Moon
    @VJunemoon tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-15 00:23:50 -0500
    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. #DivestFromWar to help save the earth! https://www.codepink.org/greennewdeal?recruiter_id=757277
  • Viviane Bias
    signed 2018-12-15 00:23:14 -0500
    Yes we must reduce military spending as well reduce the pollution from militaries disregard of the Earth.

    A Green New Deal is a yes. We need an army of people repairing and renewing waterways,polluted air,replacing old polluting industry.

    We need to replant trees and renew wildlife zones for bees and butterflies

    Yes a green new deal…
  • John Chamberlin
    signed 2018-12-15 00:22:15 -0500
  • Charles A. Nafziger
    signed 2018-12-15 00:15:44 -0500
  • Andrew Jackson
    signed 2018-12-15 00:01:47 -0500
    Andrew Jackson
  • Randa Solick
    signed 2018-12-15 00:00:13 -0500
    Randa Solick
  • Constance Penn
    signed 2018-12-14 23:54:49 -0500
    Adding peace is such a good idea!
  • Jeff Cody
    signed 2018-12-14 23:47:49 -0500
  • Constance Newman
    signed 2018-12-14 23:33:56 -0500
  • Jim Yarbrough
    signed 2018-12-14 23:27:29 -0500
  • Connie Frisbee Houde
    signed 2018-12-14 23:23:28 -0500
  • Kristin Barber
    signed 2018-12-14 23:12:07 -0500
    Kristin Barber
  • Nicole Baker
    signed 2018-12-14 22:40:04 -0500
  • Craig Spring Spring
    signed 2018-12-14 22:25:02 -0500
  • m c kubiak
    signed 2018-12-14 22:15:04 -0500
    You are the future of the Dem Party if it is to exist as anything more than Trump Lite. Most of the old farts with the gavels lust after power and are out of touch.
  • Marianne Yusavage
    signed 2018-12-14 22:14:52 -0500
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