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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Eleanor Levine
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Josie Lenwell
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Jenny Heinz
Kayla Starr
Cynthia Papermaster
Amy Smith
Jordan Atkin
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  • 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
  • Mary Miller
    signed 2018-12-13 09:55:06 -0500
  • Tom Boughan
    @manyu53 tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-13 09:35:35 -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=782083
  • Tom Boughan
    signed 2018-12-13 09:35:20 -0500
  • Jenny Heinz
    signed 2018-12-13 08:43:57 -0500
  • Kayla Starr
    signed 2018-12-13 02:23:28 -0500
    Kayla Starr
  • Cynthia Papermaster
    signed 2018-12-13 02:07:09 -0500
    The War economy is killing the planet. We need a Green New Deal and a Peace Economy instead.
  • Amy Smith
    signed 2018-12-13 01:10:04 -0500
    Adam Schiff is my rep and hasn’t signed Green New Deal and takes tons of military defense money.
  • Jordan Atkin
    signed 2018-12-13 00:59:59 -0500
  • Andrew Hall
    signed 2018-12-13 00:29:29 -0500
    I’m inspired by the boldness of your vision and ask that you take this important step to challenge the destructive force of U.S, militarism.
  • Adrienne Jackson
    signed via 2018-12-13 00:21:23 -0500
  • Matt Stys
    signed via 2018-12-13 00:19:09 -0500
  • Medea Benjamin
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-13 00:09:20 -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=726076
  • Medea Benjamin
    signed 2018-12-13 00:09:00 -0500
    Medea Benjamin
  • K H
    signed 2018-12-12 20:47:56 -0500
  • trista vieira
    signed 2018-12-12 20:38:50 -0500
  • Mark Cripe
    signed 2018-12-12 20:37:14 -0500
  • Jack Paulson
    signed 2018-12-12 20:15:18 -0500
  • Barbara Harris
    signed 2018-12-12 18:17:57 -0500
  • nina riddel
    signed 2018-12-12 17:31:19 -0500
  • Jan Weinberg
    signed via 2018-12-12 16:37:50 -0500
    I would add – stand down all Projection of Power military-to-military excercises (aka war games) with the exception of joint humanitarian aid exercises.
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