A New York Primary Challenger Shows Why the Green New Deal Has to Take on the Military – By Dharna Noor
Excerpt: “A primary challenger running for Congress in New York’s District 16 is connecting the dots between the world’s remaining carbon budget and the U.S. military budget. Jamaal Bowman is a political newcomer and former middle school principal backed by the Democratic Socialists of America and climate justice organizations like the Sunrise Movement. He’s looking to unseat Eliot Engel, the 73-year-old Democratic chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and senior member of the Committee on Energy who’s known for his hawkish approach to foreign policy.
In his bid for Engel’s seat, Bowman is distinguishing himself by running on an unabashedly progressive agenda, including both plans to overhaul U.S. climate policy and foreign affairs. And by highlighting the connections between the two, his platform shows how the Green New Deal could spur environmental justice not only domestically, but also abroad.
“The U.S. military is the biggest polluter on the planet so decreasing our military spending will go a long way toward saving the planet,” Bowman says on his website. “I believe the climate crisis is an opportunity to finally discard our weapons and fear of each other to come together and save the planet.”