This April 3, 2019 photo shows the jungle in Peru’s Tambopata province. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
UPDATED 1:25 PM PT — Sunday, February 2, 2020
Rep. Bruce Westerman is working on a bill which would commit the U.S. to planting nearly 3.5 billion trees every year for the next 30 years. GOP lawmakers are planning to reveal a finished draft of the Trillion Trees Act next week.
Photo of Rep. Bruce Westerman.
“Plant more trees, use more wood, store more carbon,” he said on Twitter. “It’s a simple solution with a huge environmental impact, both domestically and internationally.”
Westerman also wanted to add provisions to offer aid to other countries, who could contribute by planting trees of their own. The representative said planting trees is the most cost-effective way to limit carbon in the air.
President Trump recently touted the nation’s commitment to a worldwide tree planting initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“Well, we’re doing the one trillion trees, together with lots of other people and lots of other countries,” he said. “What I want is the cleanest water, the cleanest air, and that’s what we’re going to have.”
The legislation is part of a larger package Republicans have drafted in an answer to the sweeping climate plan proposed by Democrats.