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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Jeannette Hassberg
Aldina Kennedy
Vinit Parmar
David Knapp
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  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-07-30 10:59:31 -0400
    No. Wars. We. Will. Have. Global. Warming. Please. Arrest. Jared. Kushner. With. His. Ugly. Bfart. Self. i. Need. Snow. Plus. Cash. Stop. Trumps. Face. With. Wars. Give. Him. A. Ugly. Mean. Face. Wars. Are. Unjust. No. Matter. What. Wars. Are. Global. Warming. Shut. Them. Down. Honor. Heaven. For. All. Sake. Thanks. A. Bunch.
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @Alexistori5 tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-29 15:48:17 -0400
    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=836867
  • Ana Valdes
    signed 2019-07-18 18:52:00 -0400
  • Augus Roa
    signed 2019-07-18 18:11:25 -0400
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-18 07:59:25 -0400
    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=767336
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-07-18 07:59:17 -0400
  • Rebekkah Jones
    signed 2019-07-14 01:15:29 -0400
  • Hermon Darden
    signed 2019-05-11 19:07:11 -0400
  • Paul Speziale
    signed 2019-05-10 09:32:03 -0400
  • Michelle Solomon
    signed 2019-05-10 06:07:31 -0400
  • Tina Volz-Bongar
    signed 2019-05-10 05:27:39 -0400
  • Erik Chapman
    signed 2019-05-10 04:41:16 -0400
    We need to do this! Please keep fighting for us!
  • Alice Slater
    @aliceslater tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-10 04:39:27 -0400
    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=476511
  • alice slater
    signed 2019-05-10 04:39:14 -0400
    alice slater
  • Jeannette Hassberg
    signed 2019-05-10 01:31:24 -0400
    Some features of the Democrat Green New Deal need review, particularly along the lines of the “smart grid” and broadband “access” (i.e. 5G rollout). The environment is a serious matter, and the aim of a healthy planet must be elevated above and separated from any military-oriented infrastructure, be popularly focused, inclusive, and transparent; and above all, it must emphasize the need for peace as a measure of stability and security, for it to succeed.
  • Aldina Kennedy
    signed 2019-05-09 23:17:58 -0400
    Aldina V Kennedy
  • Vinit Parmar
    signed 2019-05-09 21:32:29 -0400
    Vinit Parmar
  • David Knapp
    signed 2019-05-09 21:25:15 -0400
  • Jennifer Scarlott
    @JScarlott tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-09 21:21:55 -0400
    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=828943
  • Jennifer Scarlott
    signed 2019-05-09 21:21:26 -0400
  • barbara sardarov
    signed 2019-05-07 19:25:27 -0400
  • Steve Wilson
    signed 2019-05-02 11:34:12 -0400
    Steve Wilson
  • Rlh
    signed 2019-04-10 17:01:12 -0400
    If a green deal does not include an end to the WAR Polution it belongs in the trash!
  • Joseph Lebitz
    signed 2019-04-06 02:13:01 -0400
  • sue g
    signed 2019-04-04 15:54:17 -0400
    Yes, this makes sense. The military-industrial complex has run amok.
  • Wendy Wilhelm
    signed 2019-04-04 00:04:23 -0400
  • Jonathan Stubbs
    signed 2019-03-30 11:36:31 -0400
  • vivian zelaya
    signed via 2019-03-22 23:38:35 -0400
    vivian zelaya
  • Carolyn Scarr
    signed via 2019-03-22 00:09:04 -0400
    Definitely—war is environmentally destructive. And the everyday operation of the military even when it is not attacking someone is environmentally destructive.
  • Zena Sawaged
    signed 2019-03-21 19:19:57 -0400
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