WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - February 12, 2020 (LSN) Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) joined Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) in introducing the Trillion Trees Act. This legislation sets the goal of planting a trillion trees by 2050, helping to naturally sequester carbon at a cost-effective and faster rate.
Of this legislation, Congressman Stauber stated, “I am proud to stand with our loggers in introducing this legislation, as the forest and paper industry is a cornerstone of northern Minnesota’s economy. The legislation will increase our logging output, rightfully recognize the carbon neutrality of biomass, and provide a commonsense solution to carbon in the atmosphere without needlessly driving up the cost of energy. Trees are nature’s solution to cleaning excess carbon from the atmosphere, so I am proud to help encourage communities across our nation to plant trees and properly manage forests.”
Congressman Westerman stated, “Trees are the ultimate carbon sequestration device. Every day, countless billions of plant cells are pulling carbon from the atmosphere and permanently storing it in wood. That’s why this legislation is so important. We’re taking proven science and turning it into practical solutions.
Not only are we setting an ambitious goal of planting 1 trillion new trees by 2050, but we’re also reinvesting resources into managing forests and using wood products. Since wood continues storing carbon long after the tree is cut down and turned into furniture or building materials, there is no limit to how much carbon we can sequester. We have an obligation to conserve our resources and make them available to future generations, and I challenge anyone to find a better climate solution than taking care of our forests. I’m pleased to have so many of my colleagues joining me in this effort, and I look forward to moving this bill through the legislative process.”
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