This year, Republicans in Congress led the charge to pass pro-growth clean energy policies that support a more sustainable environment and competitive economy. As more leaders join in to collaborate on sensible climate solutions, policies out of Washington are becoming increasingly bipartisan. For example, the introduction of the Trillion Trees Act in the Senate was a notable effort by Senator Mike Braun, R-Inidiana, and Senator Chris Coons, D-Delaware, to reduce carbon emissions and build an effective forest management process.
This bill, which was supported by Rep.Don Young. R-Alaska, in the House, goes well beyond the premise of removing emissions in the atmosphere through the planting of trees – even though this could significantly offset man-made carbon. Rather, it is a comprehensive plan that better establishes forest management and restoration practices across the nation while ensuring trees are planted in the right areas and have proper maintenance to safeguard long-term success. Further, this bill could help stimulate our economy through the creation of new jobs and investments in rural communities.
While it is obvious through the valiant work by Sen. Lisa Murkowski to promote clean energy policies – especially after she played an important role in getting the first comprehensive energy package in 13 years across the finish line – it is my hope that she and Sen. Dan Sullivan will continue to support bipartisan efforts such as the Trillion Trees Act in the coming Congress to reduce emissions and create a more sustainable environment.