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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katsuhisa Itoh
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Denise Lytle
Yanis Benekaa
Mary Bissell
Tamara Lorincz
Karen Bednarek
Ivan Fuentes
Susan Hartle
Sharon Conlon
Derek Juhl
Donna Knipp
Daniel Griffith
William kosareff
Samir Totah
Timothy Havel
Thomas Arnold
Shirley Wolfe
Hank Stone
Gerry Henkel
Chanzo Greenidge
Steven P Holzberg
Nina Shilling
J. Alessi
Mervyn Tilden
Corey Havens
Peggy Luhrs
Sally McMillan
Donald Mackler
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  • 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
  • Daniel Griffith
    signed 2018-12-21 21:53:52 -0500
    Daniel Griffith
  • William kosareff
    signed 2018-12-21 17:06:50 -0500
    Go,girl,great job your doing.
  • Samir Totah
    signed 2018-12-21 17:03:48 -0500
  • Timothy Havel
    signed via 2018-12-21 08:13:21 -0500
  • Thomas Arnold
    signed via 2018-12-21 02:05:55 -0500
    :)
  • Shirley Wolfe
    signed 2018-12-20 18:46:10 -0500
    Shirley P. WOLFE
  • Hank Stone
    signed via 2018-12-20 18:10:35 -0500
    Hank Stone
  • Gerry Henkel
    signed 2018-12-20 14:41:24 -0500
  • Chanzo Greenidge
    signed 2018-12-20 11:38:59 -0500
  • Steven P Holzberg
    signed 2018-12-20 00:32:12 -0500
    Thank you!
  • Nina Shilling
    signed 2018-12-19 23:09:36 -0500
  • J. Alessi
    signed 2018-12-19 18:17:37 -0500
  • Mervyn Tilden
    signed via 2018-12-19 18:04:24 -0500
    Nuclear energy is not an option if we want to move to “Green” in every aspect of our society. The war machine is the biggest polluter and destroyer of life on Mother Earth.
  • Corey Havens
    signed 2018-12-19 14:17:43 -0500
  • Peggy Luhrs
    signed 2018-12-19 11:03:35 -0500
    War and the miiltary are the most ecologically destructive forces on our precious planet. Every base is a toxic waste dump every war a violent assault on all life on earth.
  • Sally McMillan
    signed 2018-12-19 10:17:32 -0500
    The military is the biggest polluter and the biggest recipient of U.S. taxpayer money. How green is that?
  • Donald Mackler
    signed 2018-12-19 09:57:22 -0500
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