The environment is always an important topic here in Louisiana and as Earth Day is recognized across the world the promotion of living a more environmentally conscious life is joined by several countries making large announcements this year.
The Biden Administration announced an increase to a 50% total carbon reduction by the year 2030 with several other countries including Brazil and Canada making similar strides in greenhouse gas reductions.
Lobby groups such as Citizens Climate Lobby say that going forward, there will need to be a delicate balance in how industries transition to green energy.
Conservative Outreach Director of Citizens' Climate Lobby talks about how we can see productive climate policy here in the US going forward,
“Louisiana definitely and the country as a whole, from a national aspect we are just seeing the effects of climate change all over. Wildfires, to city coastlines, and increased hurricanes. This is the best step forward, you know carbon pricing, its the best way to go forward because its gradual. It allows for those states that are heavily reliant on the fossil fuel industry to start making those adjustments and changes. Nobody is going to lose their job… because of this policy.”
They say that policies like carbon pricing will encourage companies to make changes necessary without putting jobs at risk.
Louisiana is a state seeing many effects of climate change but with an economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels there will be many challenges ahead to work towards a cleaner future.