Letter: 'Green New Deal' can't happen without military cuts

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To the editor:

Lauren R. Stevens ("Green New Deal," Eagle, Dec. 10) makes the case for the "Green New Deal" pushed by U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats. It's a fine program, but missing from it is any mention of the Pentagon budget, which soaks up more than 50 percent of the nation's discretionary spending. Absent any concerted effort to rein in the military, where would the money come from to fund the "Green New Deal"?

The U.S. military is the world's biggest consumer of fossil fuels and gets a virtual blank check from Congress for its more than eight hundred bases around the world and its perpetual wars. Will the progressive Democrats in Congress now take on the military-industrial complex and the war machine?

Maynard Seider,

Philadelphia, Pa.

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