Janet Murphy: Why You Should Vote For Me

by ARLnow.com November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm 5,729 20 Comments

Last month we asked the four candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, Eighth District of Virginia, to write a sub-750 word essay describing why the county’s residents should vote for them on Election Day (Nov. 6).

Here is the unedited response from Janet Murphy (IG):

We need the Green New Deal jobs! We need sustainable green jobs. Rail Jobs! Wind Jobs! Solar Jobs! With the Green New Deal we will create 25 million new American green jobs.

We need to balance the budget and pay off the federal debt. Install an auditable accounting system at the pentagon. Bring the troops and tax dollars home. Cut wasteful military spending of precious taxpayer dollars. These are positive, fiscally responsible Green Party solutions.

We need to invest in green infrastructure. Build rail. Every dollar invested in rail grows business, increases revenue. Promote eco-business in solar and wind for the green economy. Every dollar spent on rail infrastructure creates $28 more dollars of economic benefit.

We need the Potomac Yard Metro rail stop. We need the Cameron Station Virginia Rail Stop. Build the Columbia Pike Rail, and Rail from Alexandria to Arlington. We need rail along I-66. We need a new rail tunnel under the Potomac River. Where rail goes, business and the economy grow. Rail increases the value of our homes, and communities.

Rail saves lives. 33,000 Americans are killed every year on our roads. 330,000 Americans are injured every year on highways. Every week another local teenager dies in traffic wrecks. Rail is the life saving positive solution.

Please join the Independent Green Party of Virginia www.VoteJoinRun.US! Be an Independent Green Party candidate in 2013 for state legislature, House of Delegates, or local office. Advocate on the ballot for positive green solutions. Offer Green constructive, productive solutions. We need “More Candidates, Less Apathy”!

This year, my party, the Independent Green Party of Virginia, put the most congressional candidates on the ballot for a single party in Virginia, since 1916! That’s what hard work and positive green action can do! Outside the two larger parties running for Congress are Gail for Rail Parker District 1; Kevin Chisholm District 10, Dr. Ken Hildebrand District 5; Peter Marchetti District 11, Janet Murphy District 8; and Green Party Candidate for President Jill Stein.

We need a full slate of 100 Independent Green Party candidates for House of Delegates in 2013. We need you to be one of them. Together, let’s build the growing Green Economy of tomorrow now!

Like the Redskins have done at their stadium, we need to put solar on the roofs of all our schools, public and private buildings. The time for solar is now! The U.S. Air Force Academy has solar panels. Nellis Air Force base saves $81,000 per month with a huge solar farm. We could put solar panels on every home. Hickam in Hawaii will have solar. Renewable energy will help us keep our air and water clean.

This is what I believe. As an environmentalist I am a strong advocate for humane treatment of animals both wild and domesticated, and I pursue strategies for responsible stewardship of our gifts and resources.

We need rail jobs, solar jobs and wind jobs energy jobs to cut American dependence on fossil fuels. The Green New Deal makes America safer and more secure, while providing new jobs and expanding the economy in a healthy community and country.

I bring wide experience in business and in the community. My ten years of practice in real estate provided me with an understanding of the essential needs of our community for housing that leads to positive solutions. Ban the death penalty, end the drug war.

We must have Medicare for all. We must fight to protect, preserve, and grow Social Security.

To produce revenue, I agree with many economists on the need to enact a transaction tax on Wall Street, and protect that revenue to balance the budget and pay off the federal debt.

We could cut U.S. military spending by 90% and still be spending more than any other nation on earth!

Let’s change the formula for federal funds for transportation to fairly support rail. High Speed Rail Interstate and Light Rail build value into our communities businesses and homes. Rail also adds to a clean environment and long term security and growth.


  • Marie Antoinette


    The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

    Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
    SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
    Solyndra ($535 million)*
    Beacon Power ($43 million)*
    Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
    SunPower ($1.2 billion)
    First Solar ($1.46 billion)
    Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
    EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
    Amonix ($5.9 million)
    Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
    Abound Solar ($400 million)*
    A123 Systems ($279 million)*
    Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
    Johnson Controls ($299 million)
    Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
    ECOtality ($126.2 million)
    Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
    Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
    Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
    Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
    Range Fuels ($80 million)*
    Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
    Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
    Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
    GreenVolts ($500,000)
    Vestas ($50 million)
    LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
    Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
    Navistar ($39 million)
    Satcon ($3 million)*
    Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
    Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)
    *Denotes Bankruptcy

    • malaka

      Great cut and paste from the various Koch brothers funded websites. Of course we should do absolutely nothing to promote greeen energy. We love having storms like Sandytwice a year now. Carry on. Nothing to see here.

      • DCBuff

        There sure was a lot of sunshine during Sandy.

        • Josh S


    • drax

      Wait – companies can go bankrupt sometimes?

      How about a list of banks?

      What a mindless post, Marie. Go find a point.

    • yeah let’s just stop trying. good idea.

  • Solar

    Ever looked into how much energy, nasty chemicals, and money goes into solar panel development? Sure, great idea, but it (like electric cars) aren’t as green as they seem until the technology continues to evolve and improves a bit more

    • drax

      No, but apparently you have. So tell us how much, and whether its even close to other energy sources like coal or oil.

    • Josh S

      Yeah, I don’t think you want to pick a fight based on the cradle to grave costs to society of renewable energy sources versus fossil-fuel energy sources.

  • Marie Antoinette

    I give Janet Murphy credit for sure. It’s just a tough road as of late. But I am glad to see more than just a single candidate running.

  • Ballstonia

    I don’t know, this essay was a little too light on exclamation points for my liking!

  • YTK

    I don;t know if it was her but i was discussing something with a Green Party person at the County Fair and she abruptly turned away from me in mid conversation to hand someone a flier and talk to them. I walked away —

    • really useful info

      Thanks for that. I couldn’t possibly vote for someone who did not provide you with their undivided attention at a county fair. Even though it probably wasn’t her.

  • John Fontain

    I agree on the notion of cutting defense spending, but a lot of this stuff sounds like she spent too much time working in a factory that makes cuckoo clocks.

    For example, “housing that leads to positive solutions”. What?

  • happy cyclist

    so the IG party isnt all united wrt PikeRail?

    • Josh S

      I think the distinction is the “Independent” part of Independent Green party. I think it’s a sectarian split from the Green Party.

  • sam the cat

    I would only vote for the green party if they provide a beaver chauffeur service complete with electric cars.

  • JimW

    “We could cut U.S. military spending by 90% and still be spending more than any other nation on earth!”

    WOW – Considering that the largest component of “defense spending” is actually health care for soldiers, dependents, and veterans does that mean she’s throwing them under the bus to save money? Also, who wants their sons or daughters riding in a submarine or flying an aircraft with deferred maintenance? I suppose we could outsource the military to China – what a savings!

  • JnA

    Streetcars on the Pike? NO WAY! Thanks for giving me a reason to vote for Jason Howell.

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