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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  • Haven C
    signed 2018-12-28 05:06:43 -0500
  • Deborah Woodard
    signed 2018-12-28 02:43:52 -0500
  • Tina Moyer
    signed 2018-12-28 02:42:00 -0500
    We are responsible
  • Salvatore Conte
    signed 2018-12-27 22:55:23 -0500
  • Julie Johnson
    signed 2018-12-27 22:24:11 -0500
  • Ann Kelly
    @amerlekelly tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-27 21:01:46 -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=763727
  • Ann Kelly
    signed 2018-12-27 21:01:32 -0500
    We need progressives to hold the line against the wall, more funding for the military, and stop the rush to wars that we have no business being in (our corporate interests should not outweigh our public needs)!
  • Helen Cole
    signed 2018-12-27 20:03:47 -0500
    How is it that a few idiotically terrible politicians are enabled to destroy the planet and civilisation ?
  • Maggie Meehan
    signed 2018-12-27 14:07:30 -0500
  • Pedram Moallemian
    @pmoallemian tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-27 13:28:15 -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=5682
  • Pedram Moallemian
    signed 2018-12-27 13:27:51 -0500
  • Thomas Graves
    signed 2018-12-27 09:56:53 -0500
    Thomas Graves
  • Lisa Fredrikson
    signed 2018-12-26 19:26:11 -0500
  • Suad Abu-Amara
    signed 2018-12-26 17:20:56 -0500
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2018-12-25 21:58:28 -0500
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @AlexistoriGonz1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-25 21:57:22 -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=786787
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2018-12-25 21:56:47 -0500
    Illegals need drivers license, We all need cash for the better of under thinking people. We need high above heaven people.
  • katsuhisa Itoh
    signed 2018-12-25 08:15:40 -0500
  • Dorothy Dufour
    signed 2018-12-24 23:32:28 -0500
  • Denise Lytle
    signed 2018-12-24 12:32:46 -0500
    Denise Lytle
  • Yanis Benekaa
    signed 2018-12-24 06:22:34 -0500
  • Mary Bissell
    signed 2018-12-23 00:37:19 -0500
    Mary Bissell
  • Tamara Lorincz
    signed 2018-12-23 00:04:32 -0500
  • Karen Bednarek
    signed 2018-12-22 20:19:25 -0500
    We must stop the genocide.

    We need to support Alexandria and The Green Deal financed by reigning in the obscene unaccountable military budget.
  • Seth Lovett
    @KandaIvan tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-22 14:31:18 -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=709656
  • Ivan Fuentes
    signed 2018-12-22 14:24:45 -0500
  • Susan Hartle
    signed 2018-12-22 11:43:34 -0500
  • Sharon Conlon
    signed 2018-12-22 06:41:51 -0500
  • Derek Juhl
    signed 2018-12-22 03:59:30 -0500
  • Donna Knipp
    signed 2018-12-21 23:27:36 -0500
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