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On February 12, I joined several of my colleagues in the House Republican conference to introduce part one of a three part conservative vision to create a cleaner, safer, healthier environment. Over a pen and pad with energy reporters, we laid out our vision and four specific policies that will help capture carbon dioxide (and even potentially turn it into a usable commodity). The mere fact conservatives in the House of Representatives are talking about a stronger environmental future set off some head-scratching (and false) criticism.

Henry Olsen, a conservative columnist for the The Washington Post, wrote a column responding to the idea that planting trees, and other conservative ideas, are socialism.

As are most columns from Henry, this hits the mark dead on. Particularly this paragraph:

“The whole point of the measures is to ward off socialism by doing things that can reduce carbon emissions without requiring wholesale government control of the economy. Carbon capture and sequestration stops greenhouse gases from getting into the atmosphere in the first place, thereby allowing the economy to grow by using fossil fuels rather than their more expensive and less reliable renewable alternatives. The McCarthy initiative is a free-market-friendly alternative to the global government socialist mobilization envisioned in the Green New Deal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).”

You can read the whole thing here.