Republican lawmaker: Reducing carbon emissions will 'kill all the trees and plants'
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A Republican lawmaker in Colorado believes that environmental measures to reduce carbon emissions will kill off plant life.

During during a talk radio appearance last week, state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg explained why he opposed efforts to curb the emission of greenhouse gases by taxing them.

"So, you know, when we talk about carbon dioxide and those type of things, actually, those are important to agriculture and to the balance of nature," he explained. "Trees and plants use carbon dioxide to create oxygen. It’s part of their process. And it’s nature’s way to make things work. So I guess my argument to those enviros that want less carbon is, 'Here, you want to kill all the trees and plants.'"

The comments were highlighted by the Colorado Times Recorder.

Listen to his remarks below: