In response to the new climate law, Herschel Walker questions, 'Don't we have enough trees around here?'
The Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Georgia made the remark just days after President Joe Biden signed a bill into law that will spend billions to combat climate change.
Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Georgia, has slammed a new law aimed at combating climate change, claiming it will waste money on trees.
Days after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, Walker said at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Sandy Springs, Georgia: "They continue to try to fool 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 enough trees here. Do we not have enough trees in this area?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was the first to report on Walker's comments in response to a question about the legislation.
By reducing prescription drug costs and raising corporate taxes by about $700 billion, the bill Biden signed will spend about $400 billion on clean energy and healthcare provisions.
Walker "was commenting on how Raphael Warnock and Joe Biden spent billions of taxpayer dollars," according to ill Kiley, a spokesman for Walker's campaign, in an email.
Former President Donald Trump, who has largely discounted climate change, endorsed Walker and declared that the United States would join the World Economic Forum's initiative to plant and safeguard 1 trillion trees by 2030.
Trump established the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council through an executive order he signed in the final weeks of his administration.