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Gov. John Bel Edwards signs executive orders aiming to cut greenhouse gases to "net-zero" by 2050

Gov. John Bel Edwards signs executive orders to address climate change.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 12:42 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2020 1:30 PM

Louisiana will have “net zero” greenhouse gas emission in the future well, at least that is the plan put out by the latest executive order which has statewide emissions cut by 100% by the year 2050.

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed 2 executive orders on Wednesday which addresses climate change and strives to protect the state’s coast. The state will now have a climate task force. This task force will come up with a plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse emissions by up to 28% by 2025 and work towards “net-zero” emissions by 2050.

“By coupling these new efforts to build resilience and address greenhouse gas emissions with our world-class coastal protection and restoration program, we believe we can even more successfully confront the difficulties in store in the future and seize new opportunities to transform ourselves into a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable state,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Louisiana will join Florida as the only other Gulf Coast state with a climate plan (Florida created theirs in 2008)

The task force will present a plan to the Governor by February 1, 2021, with a plan to reach the aforementioned emission goals and will submit new goals and plans yearly.

Louisiana ranks as the 5th largest producer of CO2 Emissions in the country as well as the 5th most per capita with over 40 metric tons of CO2 per person in 2016 according to the US Energy Information Administration.

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