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GOP bill will seek to commit US to planting 3.3 billion trees annually

By Rachel Razin & Rebecca Beitsch
The Hill
February 2, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Bruce Westerman

Republicans are putting the finishing touches on a bill that would cement President Trump’s commitment to a global initiative to plant 1 trillion trees. …Legislation being drafted by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) would commit the U.S. to planting some 3.3 billion trees each year over the next 30 years, an increase of about 800 million trees per year. …The bill is just one component of a coming package of legislation from House Republicans that offers their solution to the climate crisis following Democrat’s rollout of their own sweeping plan that would aim to have the U.S. reach carbon neutrality by 2050. …Westerman, who has a master’s degree in forestry from Yale University, said his bill… charts a path to planting an eventual 100 billion trees.

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