Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards Commits to Net Zero Emissions by 2050

EDF Statement from Derek Walker, Vice President for U.S. Climate

August 19, 2020
Chandler Green, 803-981-2211, chgreen@edf.org

 (Baton Rouge, LA – August 19, 2020) Today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order on climate change, committing the state to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This executive order also establishes a new Climate Initiatives Task Force to recommend pathways for reaching the state’s emissions goals, which includes diverse representation across sectors — including a member from an environmental justice community and a member from an indigenous tribe, nation or community.

“State leadership is an essential ingredient for moving the U.S. to a 100% clean economy that can avert the most damaging impacts of climate change. By committing to cut Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, Gov. Edwards is demonstrating strong leadership. He clearly recognizes the urgent need to protect Louisiana communities that are on the frontlines of climate change-driven sea level rise and to ensure that equity is an essential focus of climate policy.”

  • Derek Walker, Vice President for U.S. Climate at Environmental Defense Fund

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