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President Trump is taking action that will hopefully make Greta Thunberg (and her parents) proud of America. When Trump makes a promise, he keeps his promise; he takes action. And with America’s thriving economy, everyone can rest assured that America under Trump’s watch will be planting a lot of trees to help the environment.
Pledging to help plant a trillion trees; that’s a lot of trees and more trees than we could have ever planted when held under Obama’s economy of doom and gloom. Thank God for Trump’s magic wand.
President Trump announced the United States will join a 1 trillion trees initiative launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The initiative encourages countries to collectively plant 1 trillion trees to absorb carbon dioxide in order to combat climate change.
Trump, a skeptic of climate change, did not mention it in his remarks at the Davos summit Tuesday, instead speaking generally about the importance of better managing trees and forests.
“We’re committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world,” Trump said, adding that the U.S. “will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing, and better managing our trees and our forests.”
The trillion trees initiative spawned from remarks by an ecologist last year at a meeting held by the American Association for the Advancement of Science who said that planting 1.2 trillion trees could “cancel out” the last decade of the world’s carbon emissions.
Trump’s focus on trees is consistent with the priorities of Republicans in Congress, who are soon planning to present a conference-wide plan to address climate change.
"We're committed to conserving the majesty of God’s creation and the natural beauty of our world." -Trump. Note this is not a partisan political post. This is about #planting #trees, a very effective method of mitigating #climatechange. https://t.co/PqArwPaO0W
— Saint Kateri Conservation Center (@SaintKateriCtr) January 21, 2020
From The Daily Wire: “This is not a time for pessimism; this is a time for optimism,” Trump said. “Fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action.”
“But to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse,” Trump continued. “They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune-tellers — and I have them and you have them, and we all have them, and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the ’70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives.”
“We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country, or eradicate our liberty. America will always be the proud, strong, and unyielding bastion of freedom,” Trump concluded in his remarks going after left-wing activists. “In America, we understand what the pessimists refuse to see: that a growing and vibrant market economy focused on the future lifts the human spirit and excites creativity strong enough to overcome any challenge — any challenge by far.”
Cc: Greta, as you grow in life and while you finish up your schooling, please make sure to take business courses on negotiation tactics. The entrepreneurs of the world will gladly help you do great things if you work as a team to take action instead of just talking about political ideology — good advice for your mentors as well. You might consider sharing it with them.
Now, let’s get busy working together to plant a trillion trees. Oh, and Greta, did I hear you mention that your next mission for “School-Strike-Fridays” is to go plant some trees? Maybe even encourage schools to fundraise by selling trees? Good idea, right? Please sign me up for that. Planting trees on Fridays is undoubtedly something that can bring us all together, right? (Wink, wink.)
Listen to Trump talk about energy and the environment starting here at about 21:40…
Together, we can do this. Let’s come together to plant 1 Trillion Trees.
Together we will plant 1 Trillion Trees sequestering over 200 gigatons of carbon in 10 years. Salesforce will plant 100 Million Trees sequestering 10 Million metric tons of carbon. We must be carbon negative & sequester existing carbon now. Join us. @wef https://t.co/09TfKLoUnn pic.twitter.com/keC4hxovTw
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) January 21, 2020