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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Caroline Fitzpatrick
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alice speakman
Roberta RDS Schonemann Schonemann
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Valerie White
Walter Wittel
Christine Hughes
Ginny Schneider
Lucille Gervase Gervase
Angela Brennan
Kevin Cahalan
Larry Maxwell
Judith Larson
Molly Hogan
Francis Collins
Mary Zack
Annie Jordan
Prof. James Gould
Mikhail Tarech Reheem
Norma Landy
Suzanne Schwartz
kathleen m. russell
Liz Sanderson
Molly Walker
Audrey Collins
Matthew Guldin
Tina Cummings
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  • 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 RDS Schonemann Schonemann
    signed 2018-12-15 18:51:50 -0500
    Roberta RDS Schonemann
  • Kelvin Robert 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 Gervase
    signed 2018-12-15 17:32:21 -0500
  • Kevin Cahalan
    followed this page 2018-12-15 17:30:03 -0500
  • Angela Brennan
    signed 2018-12-15 17:28:39 -0500
    “No more war; war never again!” Pope Paul VI
  • Kevin Cahalan
    signed 2018-12-15 17:25:00 -0500
  • Larry Maxwell
    signed 2018-12-15 17:20:34 -0500
    Ms. Cortez,

    I am a proud and unapologetic supporter of the Green Party, but I have been pleased greatly to read of your support of and your willingness to advocate for the Green New Deal. You have made our hopes and dreams feel a bit less futile. Thank you.
  • Judith Larson
    signed via 2018-12-15 16:46:24 -0500
  • Molly Hogan
    signed 2018-12-15 16:45:12 -0500
  • Francis Collins
    signed 2018-12-15 16:42:08 -0500
    Thank you Alexandria Cortez for your support of the Green New Deal
  • Mary Zack
    signed 2018-12-15 16:36:16 -0500
  • Annie Jordan
    signed 2018-12-15 16:34:04 -0500
    Please take these practical & necessary steps seriously as the whole world depends on it. Thank you to all who have worked to draft this and in every step taken to transform our world of harm to world of care.
  • Prof. James Gould
    signed 2018-12-15 16:23:40 -0500
    James Gould
  • Mikhail Tarech Reheem
    signed 2018-12-15 15:37:57 -0500
    eliminate the NRA , draw down the Pentagon, prohibit arms manufacturers from contracting with Generals and the military… eliminate US military bases around the world…there is no choice in the face of the catastrophe the earth has endured at the hands of wanton, willfully ignorant adventurers and criminals.
  • Norma Landy
    signed 2018-12-15 15:35:02 -0500
    Norma J LANDY
  • Suzanne Schwartz
    signed 2018-12-15 15:26:01 -0500
    Dear Congressmember elect Ocasio-Cortez,

    Hearing you lay it out for Chris Cuomo last summer gave me a thrill and a speck of hope. That you dared to ask the question, why do we have unlimited $ for war and not enough for anything else, infuriated the neoliberal and neocon establishments alike. Naturally the response of their corporate mouthpieces is to try to discredit everything about you and to get the spotlight off of the elephant in the room that is the US imperialist wars for global domination and extraction of all that remains of our planets finite fuel resources. Please build on your bold and correct vision. Speaking truth to power is very dangerous and I admire your courage so much.

    The United States military has the largest carbon bootprint on earth. The US war economy is the chief driver of catastrophic climate change with no end in sight. If we fail to connect these dots for your wonderful generation that is poised at last to seize the reigns of power from the corporate elite, there will be no future for upcoming generations.


    We’ve got your back.


    Thank you so much,
    Suzanne Schwartz
    Age 64
    Lifelong peace and environmental activist
    El Prado, New Mexico
  • kathleen m. russell
    signed 2018-12-15 14:44:11 -0500
  • Liz Sanderson
    signed 2018-12-15 14:22:13 -0500
    liz sanderson
  • Molly Walker
    signed 2018-12-15 14:13:47 -0500
    Instead of spending money on defense why not have groups of people help clean up or plant plants that are going to help clean the air.qq


    Go to schools and help children learn and participate with some fun and some that are not fun activities.


    Encourage people receiving time off to participate, what a great way for students io learn science.


    If we learn to work together we will see that we are not so different after all.
  • Audrey Collins
    signed 2018-12-15 14:07:03 -0500
  • Matthew Guldin
    signed 2018-12-15 13:31:26 -0500
  • Tina Cummings
    signed 2018-12-15 13:21:20 -0500
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