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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  • Zayid Zayid
    signed 2018-12-16 10:05:00 -0500
  • Sara Giustino
    @sarajurist tweeted link to this page. 2018-12-16 07:34:11 -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=784715
  • phyllis Cordero
    signed 2018-12-16 07:11:32 -0500
  • Leanne Bynum
    signed 2018-12-16 02:10:00 -0500
    Thanks tons.
  • Chris Berg
    signed 2018-12-16 01:09:15 -0500
    I am especially pleased at the emphasis on energy efficiency! Thank you! What a great idea that will insure long term benefits.
  • Mary Sullivan
    signed 2018-12-16 00:28:13 -0500
  • Theodore Wuerslin
    signed 2018-12-16 00:21:33 -0500
    Theodore Wuerslin
  • LSteven Day
    signed 2018-12-16 00:19:13 -0500
    War is not green or a good deal
  • Ruby Phillips
    signed 2018-12-15 23:24:25 -0500
    A green new deal is for a healthier future, not racist destruction of “other” cultures.
  • Kay Travatte
    signed 2018-12-15 23:16:09 -0500
  • Paul Livingstone
    signed 2018-12-15 22:51:44 -0500
  • Karen Kravcov Malcolm
    signed 2018-12-15 22:35:26 -0500
  • Doug Wingeier
    signed 2018-12-15 22:25:39 -0500
  • Dennis Trembly
    signed 2018-12-15 21:49:44 -0500
  • Lyle Courtsal
    signed 2018-12-15 21:42:57 -0500
    Thanks to Jill Stein and the Greens for originating this concept: Kucinich Country!!!
  • george mercier
    signed 2018-12-15 21:13:16 -0500
  • Diane Ake
    signed 2018-12-15 21:05:20 -0500
    Diane R Ake
  • Caroline Fitzpatrick
    signed 2018-12-15 20:43:07 -0500
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • Sandra Brown
    signed 2018-12-15 20:39:12 -0500
  • Georgia Tattu
    signed 2018-12-15 20:35:39 -0500
  • alice speakman
    signed 2018-12-15 19:15:04 -0500
  • Roberta Schonemann
    signed 2018-12-15 18:51:50 -0500
    Roberta RDS Schonemann
  • Kelvin Bland
    signed 2018-12-15 18:47:40 -0500
  • Valerie White
    signed 2018-12-15 18:27:25 -0500
  • Walter Wittel
    signed 2018-12-15 18:01:39 -0500
  • Christine Hughes
    signed 2018-12-15 17:53:56 -0500
  • Ginny Schneider
    signed 2018-12-15 17:44:56 -0500
  • Lucille Gervase
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  • Angela Brennan
    signed 2018-12-15 17:28:39 -0500
    “No more war; war never again!” Pope Paul VI
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