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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  • dave racine
    signed 2018-12-14 22:05:40 -0500
    You are great but I think you should move farther to the left. The workers of this world need to seize control of government in order to improve conditions everywhere.
  • Elizabeth O'Nan
    signed 2018-12-14 22:02:59 -0500
    Transfer the wealth from war to peace and green energy.
  • Ted Majdosz
    signed 2018-12-14 21:58:35 -0500
  • Monica Frolander-Ulf
    signed 2018-12-14 21:52:56 -0500
  • Troy Faith Ward
    signed 2018-12-14 21:51:27 -0500
    Oh, what a lovely plan!
  • Susan Stuart
    signed 2018-12-14 21:35:30 -0500
  • David Morrison
    signed 2018-12-14 21:26:03 -0500
  • Yoshiko Samuel
    signed 2018-12-14 21:25:20 -0500
  • Amber Garlan
    signed 2018-12-14 21:20:53 -0500
  • Jeff Munchak
    signed 2018-12-14 21:11:28 -0500
  • Diana Richards
    signed 2018-12-14 21:09:44 -0500
  • Rio Thomas
    signed 2018-12-14 21:08:13 -0500
  • Carolyn Hunter
    signed 2018-12-14 21:07:36 -0500
    Carolyn Hunter
  • Muna AlSheikh
    signed 2018-12-14 21:02:49 -0500
  • edward necker
    signed 2018-12-14 21:00:32 -0500
  • Rouanna Garden
    signed 2018-12-14 20:55:31 -0500
    Thank you so much for raising my hopes for a green new deal and cutting the military budget. You go Girl. She them how it’s done.
  • Frank Lambert
    signed 2018-12-14 20:49:31 -0500
    Thank you Alexandria, Medea and Code Pink!
  • Bill Young
    signed 2018-12-14 20:44:03 -0500
  • Meg Emry
    signed 2018-12-14 20:36:05 -0500
    Meg Emry
  • Bernadette Powell
    signed 2018-12-14 20:34:34 -0500
  • Sheila Lowe
    signed 2018-12-14 20:24:03 -0500
  • terry helton
    @westerndemocrat tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-14 20:01:31 -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=341282
  • terry helton
    signed 2018-12-14 20:01:14 -0500
  • Jason Heinze
    signed 2018-12-14 20:01:04 -0500
  • Tina Ann
    signed 2018-12-14 19:56:24 -0500
    bless you
  • marvin cohen
    signed 2018-12-14 19:54:59 -0500
    MARV COHEN
  • Vicki L Ferguson
    signed 2018-12-14 19:53:32 -0500
    Vicki Ferguson
  • Virginia Canavan
    signed 2018-12-14 19:48:47 -0500
  • Barbara Horn
    signed 2018-12-14 19:42:18 -0500
    Barbara Horn
  • Donna Cay Tharpe
    signed 2018-12-14 19:29:21 -0500
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