"Booker Floats 'Nature-Based' Climate Strategy"

"Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday unveiled draft legislation to encourage tree-planting, sustainable agriculture and other 'nature-based' strategies to address climate change.

The bill, dubbed the Climate Stewardship Act, would authorize up to $25 billion a year for the Agriculture Department and other agencies to hire new workers and expand grant programs that encourage farmers to reduce carbon emissions through climate friendly practices like rotational grazing and better soil management, according to a senior Booker aide and a summary of the proposal. In addition, Booker says that annual funding would help create "hundreds of thousands" of new jobs, restore 2 million acres of coastal wetlands by 2030 and plant 15 billion trees by mid-century.

“In addition to transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy, another essential step that we must take is to increase the carbon sequestration in our soils, forests, and wetlands,” Booker said in a statement."

Anthony Adragna reports for Politico August 8, 2019.


"Booker Eyes Farm Conservation, Reforestation And Wetlands Restoration In Climate Plan" (The Hill)

"A 'Climate Corps' Is Core To Many 2020 Democrats' Environmental Plans" (Washington Post)


Source: Politico, 08/09/2019