A new law that is intended in part to combat climate change was criticized by Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Georgia, who claimed it will squander money on trees.
Days after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, Walker remarked at a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering in Sandy Springs, Georgia: “They continue to try to trick you like they’re helping you out, but they’re not.” Because a large portion of the money is invested in trees, they are not assisting you. You’re aware of that, right? It is striking trees. There are plenty trees here. Do we not have enough trees in this area?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rated Walker’s response to a question on the proposal as first reported.
By reducing prescription medication costs and raising corporate taxes by approximately $700 billion, the package Biden signed will spend about $400 billion on clean energy and healthcare initiatives.
Walker defended his remark from the previous night.
Biden and Sen. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic candidate for president in November, are investing $1.5 billion on “urban forestry,” according to Walker wrote on Twitter.
According to the bill’s language, the new law gives state agencies and charitable organizations grants totaling $1.5 billion “for tree planting and related activities.”
Walker was criticizing how Raphael Warnock and Joe Biden squandered billions of tax money during a recession to do little to stop inflation and help hard-working Georgians, according to Will Kiley, a spokesperson for Walker’s campaign.
Donald Trump, the previous president, praised Walker and said that while he primarily denied climate change, the United States would join the World Economic Forum’s project to grow and safeguard 1 trillion trees by 2030. Trump launched the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council through an executive order he signed in the final weeks of his administration.
Republicans have chosen numerous first-time candidates encouraged by Trump to go against seasoned Democratic lawmakers in the carefully watched Senate contest in Georgia. Others include the races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, suggested last week that Republicans would not take control of the chamber in November because to “candidate quality.” He made no specific mention of any candidates.