Herschel Walker asks “Don’t we have enough trees around here?” In response to the Climate Act

Herschel Walker said he opposes the new climate law because there are already enough trees. (Photo: Getty Images)

Herschel Walker said he opposes the new climate law because there are already enough trees. (Photo: Getty Images)

Georgia Republican Herschel Walker said the Biden administration’s sweeping new climate law represents unnecessary spending because it earmarks money for planting and protecting trees.

“They’re trying to fool you and make you think they’re helping you – they’re not. Do you know that some of that money goes to trees? We have enough trees – don’t we have enough trees around here?’ Walker said Sunday in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Essentially, no — the planet doesn’t have enough trees to offset the effect of burning fossil fuels.

While a 2015 study found that Earth has more than 3 trillion trees, the number of trees here now is far fewer than at the beginning of human civilization — and not nearly enough to offset the devastating effects of climate change, say scientists.

The inflation-reducing law, passed by Congress without a single Republican vote, allocates $1.5 billion over a decade to the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which funds tree planting in cities like Atlanta that face poor air quality. Especially in lower-income areas, scientists agree that trees are beneficial, helping to reduce air pollution and temperature.

In 2020, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order joining the United States in the World Economic Forum’s Trillion Trees Initiative, which Trump described as “an ambitious effort to bring government and the private sector together to plant new trees in America and around the world. .” Climate advocates opposed the provision, however, arguing that it did nothing to mitigate the driving factor behind climate change — the consumption of fossil fuels — and encouraged logging.

The funds earmarked for anything tree-related are just a small part of the $750 billion inflation-reduction law, which not only tackles climate change, but also health care and prescription drug costs, major planks of domestic agenda of the Democrats.

It’s not the first time the Republican Senate candidate has stirred controversy with his climate commentary, such as when he offered an extreme oversimplification of the global impact of air pollution.

Walker’s campaign provided his full remarks from the event, showing that he also cited the law’s provision for additional IRS agents as further reckless spending and questioned whether the law overall would actually reduce inflation as promised.

The comments came as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) commented last week on the quality of GOP candidates in this year’s election as Republicans eye control of both chambers of Congress.

A former NFL player backed by Trump, Walker is running to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock in one of the nation’s most contentious battlegrounds.

“I think there’s probably a better chance of overturning the House than the Senate,” McConnell said last week. “Senate races are just different … the quality of the candidates has a lot to do with the outcome.”

The remarks were interpreted as a dig at first-time candidates like Walker — who struggled to stay on message as well as explain why he hadn’t disclosed two of his children after criticizing absentee fathers — Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and JD Vance in Ohio.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.


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