Republican Herschel Walker, who is running for Georgia’s Senate seat in the upcoming midterm elections, has spoken out against a provision in the new Inflation Reduction Act that funds tree planting.
“They’ll keep pretending to be on your side when they’re really just trying to trick you. That, however, is not the case. Given that tree maintenance consumes a sizable portion of the budget, “Herschel Walker made these remarks at a Republican Jewish Committee event on Sunday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Isn’t this location already densely forested?
The United States Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is allocated $1.5 billion over ten years in the Inflation Reduction Act, a massive piece of legislation totaling $750 billion that includes the most comprehensive climate legislation ever approved by Congress.
Tree planting may benefit cities with poor air quality, such as Atlanta, because trees reduce air pollution and flooding, lower summertime temperatures, improve residents’ psychological well-being, and make cities more welcoming to wildlife.
According to 2015 research, the Earth has over 3 trillion trees, or approximately 422 trees for every person. Despite what may appear to be a large number, the number of trees on Earth is 46 percent lower than at any time in human history. Furthermore, scientists discovered that the current global tree population is insufficient to mitigate climate change.
Herschel Walker, 60, has long been opposed to spending money on urban tree planting and hasn’t changed his mind.
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Joe Biden and Rev. Warnock have proposed raising taxes on households earning less than $200,000 per year to fund a $1.5 billion urban forestry program.”
Herschel Walker tagged Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock in a tweet on Monday. “Yes, I do have a problem with that,” she acknowledged.
(The White House disputes Herschel Walker‘s estimate of who will pay for the Inflation Reduction Act, claiming that “no family earning less than $400,000 per year will see their taxes increase by a single cent.”
Herschel Walker has previously discussed the environment and air quality.
In July, a current member of the College Football Hall of Fame stated that Americans have “some of the cleanest air and water of anyone in the world.”
Herschel Walker expanded on his earlier remarks in July, saying, “Because we don’t control the air, our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air, so when China gets our good air, their bad air has to move.” “As a result, it enters our airspace, where it is safer. The next thing on our to-do list is to sort through the chaos.”
Proponents of the proposed increase in funding for urban and community forestry argue that it will benefit people’s health and the local economy by creating new jobs and bringing in new revenue for local businesses and charities.
“Because of human-caused climate change, extreme heat is now a threat to the safety of city dwellers. This bill nails the forestry details and will have far-reaching effects in helping cities shield their citizens from potentially fatal heat.” President and CEO of the non-profit organization American Forests, Jad Daley, issued a statement in support of the bill as Vice President Joe Biden signed it into law.
Daley went on to say that American Forests is interested in how trees can benefit people and how their presence in the environment can change things. This long-awaited legislation prioritizes people by assisting them in strengthening their communities, gaining a head start in their professional lives, and living longer lives.
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