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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Sue Nuccio
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Nancy Redman-Furey
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Sherrill Futrell
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Anja van Zanten
Dianne Buchignani
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  • 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 r
    signed via 2018-12-16 22:41:53 -0500
  • Judy 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
  • Scott Gengras
    signed 2018-12-16 15:38:17 -0500
  • michael weddle
    signed 2018-12-16 15:35:27 -0500
    michael weddle
  • Ammar Ali Al-Harazi
    signed 2018-12-16 15:04:08 -0500
    Please help end this devastating war against my country. Help saving the people and children. Save us.
  • Marilena Silbey
    signed 2018-12-16 14:33:43 -0500
    Help start a new Third Political Party in the US or join with the Green Party! Or…Now that you are in…you can switch your party affilliation…become Independent…something! It is painful to watch our new congress people caving in to the Democratic Party’s pressure!
  • Mishka Chudilowsky
    signed 2018-12-16 13:47:56 -0500
    Mishka Chudilowsky
  • Johanna Cummings
    signed 2018-12-16 13:46:09 -0500
  • Angela Miller
    signed 2018-12-16 11:00:25 -0500
    Our hope for the future
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