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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  • 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
  • Sue Nuccio
    signed 2018-12-17 09:09:38 -0500
  • Heather DeShane
    signed 2018-12-17 06:01:42 -0500
    We are part of the planet. According to NASA we can be viewed and studied literally as one organism. Why would we destroy ourselves except that we had been misguided?
  • Peter Chazotte
    signed 2018-12-17 02:25:32 -0500
    Peter Chazotte
  • Terry Dycus
    signed 2018-12-17 01:01:59 -0500
  • John Hill
    signed 2018-12-17 00:47:18 -0500
    Laurel Powers
  • Saul Arbess
    signed 2018-12-17 00:32:04 -0500
    Without the inclusion of re-allocating the military budget, the plan is a no go, although well-intended.
  • Stephanie Bilenko
    signed 2018-12-17 00:02:17 -0500
  • William Benshoof
    signed 2018-12-16 23:53:45 -0500
  • sandra rosenberg
    signed via 2018-12-16 22:41:53 -0500
  • Judith Bos
    signed 2018-12-16 21:34:26 -0500
    Judy Bos
  • Neville D'Souza
    signed 2018-12-16 21:21:17 -0500
  • Nancy Redman-Furey
    signed 2018-12-16 20:57:07 -0500
    Bruce Furey
  • Yalda Hakki
    signed 2018-12-16 20:21:07 -0500
    Yalda Hakki
  • Sherrill Futrell
    signed 2018-12-16 19:52:03 -0500
    Is the US too used to doing evil through war to ever change?
  • Shaik Arif
    signed 2018-12-16 19:48:44 -0500
  • Michael And Barbara Hill
    signed 2018-12-16 19:48:27 -0500
  • Robin Fox
    signed 2018-12-16 19:38:31 -0500
  • Miriam Kaplan
    signed 2018-12-16 19:08:54 -0500
  • Catherine Loudis
    signed 2018-12-16 19:07:06 -0500
    Catherine Loudis
  • Anja van Zanten
    signed 2018-12-16 16:37:33 -0500
  • Dianne Buchignani
    signed 2018-12-16 15:44:50 -0500
    Dianne Buchignani
  • Ryan Scates
    signed 2018-12-16 15:43:41 -0500
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