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Louisiana Executive Order Sets Path for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions in State by 2050

In an Executive Order issued on August 19, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards set the state on a path toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The order establishes a "Climate Initiatives Task Force" charged with reaching that goal and in the interim, reducing economy-wide emissions 26-28% by 2025 and 40-50% by 2030. The new goals and task force will likely accelerate an energy transformation across the state and potentially reduce the cost of electricity. 

A second Executive Order was also signed that established a new Chief Resilience Officer position for the state. The Chief Resilience Officer will be responsible for improving the state’s response to climate change. Both orders are intended to build on the state’s existing efforts to address the threat of sea level rise. The Climate Initiatives Task Force Executive Order can be found here and the Coastal Resilience Executive Order can be found here.

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