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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Terisa Turner
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Ameenah Abdallah
Erika Waechter
Constance Flannery
Maria Leonor Jacquard
Bryan Kerwin
Cindy Shamban
Robert Bowles
Tj Johnson
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  • Terisa Turner
    signed 2018-12-18 11:26:24 -0500
    To get out of the crisis of the climate destruction by fossil fuel emissions, and more fundamentally by fossil capitalism; we need to take direct, non-violent action targeting especially big oil, weapons corporations and the banks. These three capitalist value chains are interlinked. That means hitting one chain hits all three. That means if we coordinate our actions to break up these value chains we multiply our effectiveness. And the move to coordinate across borders in actions against banks, oil and weapons industries builds ecosocialist alliances that are the foundations for ecosocialist transformations toward re-commoning and the defense of the commons against death and for life.
  • Scott Greenhaw
    signed 2018-12-18 04:13:57 -0500
  • Elizabeth Devine
    signed 2018-12-18 02:08:53 -0500
    War is a crime against humanity, and anyone who commits a single act of it from command to execution must from now on spend the entirety of their lives in prison.
  • Joshua Liebovich
    signed 2018-12-18 01:40:30 -0500
  • gulshan oomerjee
    @youngdaadi tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-18 01:14:54 -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=726088
  • gulshan oomerjee
    signed 2018-12-18 01:14:44 -0500
  • David Schwartzman
    signed 2018-12-17 21:33:09 -0500
  • Eugenia Marcus
    signed 2018-12-17 20:46:23 -0500
    Eugenia Marcus
  • Walter Kos
    signed 2018-12-17 19:52:23 -0500
    END THE US MILITARYEND ENDLESS WAR HYPNOSISCLOSE ALL THE BASES
  • Nanette Ippolito
    signed 2018-12-17 19:50:04 -0500
    Great thanks, from informed people like my family & friends, to wise leadership who will stand strong for waging peace & protecting the climate. The Green New Deal creates the greatest chance for survival of our foolishly short-sighted species, despite soulless corporations & their insatiable operatives among the pathocracy. Munitions makers & fossil fuel gazillionaires would sell the future of our children’s only planet for their obscene levels of profit & malevolently-wielded power.
  • Kanika U. F. Ajanaku
    signed via 2018-12-17 19:25:47 -0500
  • Ameenah Abdallah
    signed 2018-12-17 18:52:30 -0500
  • Erika Waechter
    signed 2018-12-17 18:51:26 -0500
  • Constance Flannery
    signed via 2018-12-17 16:45:17 -0500
  • Maria Leonor Jacquard
    signed 2018-12-17 16:29:11 -0500
  • Bryan Kerwin
    signed 2018-12-17 16:26:01 -0500
    we’re with ya go do it !!!
  • Cindy Shamban
    signed via 2018-12-17 16:24:43 -0500
  • Robert Bowles
    signed 2018-12-17 16:16:47 -0500
    Robert Bowles
  • Tj Johnson
    signed 2018-12-17 16:15:41 -0500
  • Janet Esteves
    signed via 2018-12-17 16:12:50 -0500
  • David Wacks
    signed 2018-12-17 15:48:08 -0500
  • Ariana Whalen
    signed 2018-12-17 15:47:00 -0500
    I was excited about the New Green Deal, but even more pumped about potentially adding the new peace deal to it!
  • Gunther Ruckl
    signed 2018-12-17 15:21:39 -0500
    Incredible. The R’s and D’s reckless imperialists put the only planetary home we have at risk of death and destruction. They even disregard the warnings by the US National Academy of Science: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/12/05/1809600115/tab-article-info And how do Americans respond? Most have no clue…
  • John Arnold
    signed 2018-12-17 14:42:15 -0500
  • Edward Savage
    signed 2018-12-17 11:03:02 -0500
  • Barbara OBrien
    signed 2018-12-17 10:37:25 -0500
  • Fred Kinsey
    signed 2018-12-17 10:10:25 -0500
    Fred Kinsey
  • Charlotte Peterson
    signed 2018-12-17 10:02:00 -0500
    Thank you for helping heal our Mother…
  • Sue Nuccio
    signed 2018-12-17 09:10:19 -0500
  • Sue Nuccio
    @suenuccio03 tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-17 09:10:02 -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=231071
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