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Plant a trillion trees: U.S. Republicans offer fossil fuel-friendly climate fix

By Valerie Volcovici
February 12, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Bruce Westerman

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday proposed legislation setting a goal for the United States to plant a trillion trees by 2050 to fight global warming, a plan intended to address climate change by sucking carbon out of the air instead of by cutting emissions. The proposed legislation reflects an acknowledgement by some in the Republican Party of rising voter demand for action on climate change. …“Our part at home is a lot more than just planting trees. It’s utilizing the full abilities of sustainable forestry,” said congressman Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, a member of the House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee who introduced the tree planting bill. The bill was one of several elements of a broader proposal on climate change introduced by a half dozen House lawmakers on Wednesday.

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