President Trump announced the United States will join the 1 Trillion Trees Initiative while speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today.
“We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world,” President Trump said, adding that the United States “will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing and better managing our trees and our forests.”
Earlier this morning, Axios reported House Republicans are putting forward conservative solutions to achieve a cleaner global environment, including legislation to sequester carbon in the most natural way possible: planting trees.
Excerpts from the story featuring comments from Leader McCarthy and House Republicans are below. Read the full story here.
Exclusive: What’s in Republicans’ New Climate-Change Push
January 21, 2020
Driving the news: The proposals, some of which are new and being disclosed here for the first time, are being coordinated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the top Republican in the House.
Where it stands: There’s not going to be an overall target to reduce emissions, which is likely to stoke skepticism from critics. But the plan will likely include other kinds of specific targets related to these three areas:
- Capturing carbon dioxide emissions, with a focus on trees.
- Clean-energy innovation and funding.
- Conservation, focusing on plastic.
Republicans are doubling down on a small-government agenda. They’re eschewing carbon pricing, and they’re criticizing the far more aggressive and sweeping policies pushed by some Democrats as ineffective and harmful to America’s economy.
The details: Republicans want to beef up efforts to capture CO2 with technology, agriculture and trees — lots of them.
- Westerman is working on legislation, called the Trillion Trees Act, which would, among other things, create a national target for increasing the number of trees grown in the U.S. “for the purpose of sequestering carbon,” according to a summary of the bill viewed by Axios.
- “Go back to something old for something new and trees are the ultimate carbon sequestration,” Westerman said.
- The lawmakers want to make permanent and expand an existing tax credit available to companies sequestering CO2, with a new component emphasizing the importance of capturing carbon from the sky long after it was emitted.
The conservation category focuses on cleaning up plastic pollution […] Specifically, lawmakers want to redirect foreign aid to help countries that have rivers most polluted with plastic.
Between the lines: At the heart of each of these ideas is a broad goal of making clean-energy technologies cheap so other countries, namely developing economies like India, can adopt them without needing a price on CO2 emissions. “If you’re increasing the cost of energy, these solutions aren’t exportable,” Graves said.