Tell Congress to end the F-35 fighter jet program!
The Pentagon just suspended F-35 fighter jet engine deliveries pending an investigation into an F-35 crash where the pilot was ejected from the plane and transported to the hospital. The halt in production will put another stain on the F-35 program's reputation and slow some of the excessive emissions these new planes would produce.
The F-35 crash in Texas only solidifies what we at CODEPINK and our global coalition against the F-35 have been saying: the F-35 is a total waste of resources and the program needs to be cancelled. Not only is it a waste of money, it's killing the planet!
We primarily stand firmly against the F-35 as a weapon of war. The warplane also spells a complete disaster for the environment, using around 1,481 gallons of fuel per hour! The F-35 program is 9 years behind schedule and now the program has experienced another set back with the engine delivery suspension. Programs that protect people, like investing into a Green New Deal never see the light of day, while the F-35 program has cost U.S. taxpayers $1.7 trillion
So why are we targeting Congress? And why right now? In the spring, President Biden will announce his defense budget proposal, which includes the F-35 funding request. Last year, his request for F-35s was lower than it was supposed to be, which was a huge win! We hope that hearing from Members of Congress about cancelling the F-35 program will prompt him to lower his request for F-35s even more next year.
Danaka, Teddy, Jodie, and the whole CODEPINK team.