A Republican congressman urged the State Department to look into subsidizing clear-cutting of forests around the world as a mechanism to fight climate change.
The suggestion by U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., came Wednesday during an oversight hearing conducted by a subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
“Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?” Rohrabacher asked Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s special envoy for climate change. “Or would people be supportive of cutting down older trees in order to plant younger trees as a means to prevent this disaster from happening?”
The proposal, if carried out, would actually exacerbate the warming of Earth’s atmosphere because trees absorb huge quantities of carbon dioxide.
Stern pointed out that climate change policies around the planet focus on retaining forests for that reason.
Rohrabacher argued that nature is primarily responsible for climate change.
The continued warming of Earth’s atmosphere is actually caused by the greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities.