Cut Pentagon Spending – Save Jobs – Save the Planet

Too Good to be True???

Mattea Kramer, of the National Priorities Project and Miriam Pemberton, from the Institute for Policy Studies recently penned an excellent article explaining how defenseswordsintoplowshares industry infrastructure could be “civilianized” and converted to “green” projects.

Here, with an excellent intro by Nick Turse at TomDispatch.com, is the article.  Please share, clip and save.

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels
Re-Purposing America’s War Machine

And oh, by the way…the article contains a local (Oregon) hook:

Oregon Iron Works has similarly built its expertise by fulfilling contracts for the U.S. military. Now, it’s diversifying into renewable energy, noting proudly that its “history of innovation in the marine industry gives [it] the ability to produce high-quality, cost effective Wave and Tidal energy devices.”

For more information, please see National Priorities Project, “A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget.”

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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