Trees Are the Secret Weapon of America’s Historic Climate Bill

By Jad Daley, President and CEO of American Forests
Time Magazine
August 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Jad Daley

The Inflation Reduction Act is a tectonic shift for America. …this legislation pushes aside decades of political paralysis to choose climate action, and the financial stimuli it provides for diverse climate solutions will advance them farther and faster than ever before. …you might not know the IRA will power up the world’s oldest climate-fighting technology—nature. …We can further increase forest carbon gains by protecting forests from development and adopting climate-smart forestry practices, such as strategically thinning forests to promote more vigorous growth and reduce forest carbon losses to mortality and wildfire. …Substantial challenges lie ahead to implement these funds with the pace, scale, and climate focus that lawmakers intended… we must quickly move from justified celebration to the long game of implementation. If we stick with it and get these details right, the Inflation Reduction Act will power natural climate solutions with a rigor, speed, and scale never seen before.

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