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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  • Dirk De Lu
    signed 2018-12-13 17:27:08 -0500
  • Stephen Gifford
    signed 2018-12-13 17:25:10 -0500
    STEPHEN GIFFORD
  • Nanlouise Wolfe
    signed 2018-12-13 17:16:15 -0500
    Yes!!!!
  • Frances Motiwalla
    signed 2018-12-13 17:06:25 -0500
  • Eileen Massey
    signed via 2018-12-13 17:05:50 -0500
  • Karen Kirschling
    signed via 2018-12-13 16:57:41 -0500
  • Sharon Gadberry
    signed via 2018-12-13 16:56:37 -0500
  • MonaLisa Wallace
    @greenfeminist tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-13 16:53:52 -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=7970
  • Ml Wallace
    signed via 2018-12-13 16:53:37 -0500
  • Michael Adler Adler
    signed 2018-12-13 16:53:09 -0500
  • Darrell Prince
    @Alg0rhYthM tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-13 16:39:27 -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=829
  • Darrell Prince
    signed 2018-12-13 16:39:14 -0500
  • Pat Porter
    signed 2018-12-13 16:35:13 -0500
    Pat Porter
  • Suze Satya
    signed 2018-12-13 16:35:12 -0500
    I couldn’t agree more. “It is always the right time to do the right thing,” as Martin Luther King said. And never a more appropriate time as most of the country celebrates the birth of the Prince of Peace
  • Molly McNeilly
    signed 2018-12-13 16:12:47 -0500
  • Wiebke Reile
    signed 2018-12-13 16:04:50 -0500
  • Karen Mastaglio
    signed 2018-12-13 14:20:51 -0500
  • Danny Dyche
    signed 2018-12-13 14:08:21 -0500
    War is nothing but state-sponsored terrorism. The 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact forbids it without exception. All militaries are atrocities.
  • Fran Materra
    signed 2018-12-13 13:54:43 -0500
  • Tom Pitman
    signed 2018-12-13 13:31:33 -0500
  • Eleanor Levine
    signed via 2018-12-13 12:51:28 -0500
  • elana levy
    signed via 2018-12-13 12:50:14 -0500
  • Susan Harman
    signed via 2018-12-13 12:46:10 -0500
    Close all our bases. Bring all our troops home. End all our wars.
  • cecile leneman
    signed via 2018-12-13 12:44:13 -0500
  • Vivian Taube
    signed 2018-12-13 12:25:38 -0500
  • Abel Tomlinson
    signed 2018-12-13 11:41:25 -0500
  • khaake
    @khaake tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-13 10:49:24 -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=6668
  • Kevin Haake
    signed 2018-12-13 10:49:00 -0500
  • Amira Boctor
    signed 2018-12-13 10:42:28 -0500
    War not only kills and causes poverty, but it also contributes to climate change and overall pollution. This problem needs to be addressed.
  • Josie Lenwell
    signed 2018-12-13 10:27:03 -0500
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