Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Move to Cut Emissions Seen as Critical to State’s Future

EDF Statement from Nathaniel Keohane, Senior Vice President, Climate

February 20, 2020
Jacques Hebert

(BATON ROUGE, LA – February 20, 2020) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today praised Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for prioritizing the development of policies that will aim to reduce emissions and strengthen coastal resilience in a speech outlining his second-term priorities for Louisiana’s coast.

“Governor John Bel Edwards is working to protect Louisiana’s future by identifying the need to limit greenhouse gas emissions. His leadership is a sign that reducing emissions is vital to our collective future, even for states with deep connections to traditional energy industries.

“While Louisiana has become a model for climate resilience and adaptation, Governor Edwards understands that the state’s future also depends on limiting sea level rise to the greatest extent possible. That requires Louisiana to do its part to reduce emissions.

“Under the leadership of Governor Edwards, Louisiana is the latest in a growing list of states making commitments to address the driving force of climate change. EDF supports his efforts and stands ready to work with his administration to craft the policy framework necessary to put a limit on emissions and protect Louisiana’s coast from the urgent threat of sea level rise.”

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