BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Wednesday he had joined Louisiana in the international Race to Zero campaign, a climate change initiative that aims to reduce net carbon emissions in the world by 2050.
The Democratic governor – who heads one of the country’s major oil and gas producing states – has already issued an executive order with the same goal of reducing Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions. A climate change task force he created is working on a strategy document on how to achieve that goal, expected next year.
“No state in our country is more affected by climate change than Louisiana – last year alone we experienced major hurricanes, flash floods and a severe winter storm. But at the same time, no state is better positioned to be a leader in reducing carbon emissions and building coastal resilience, ”Edwards said in a statement.
Edwards announced Louisiana’s commitment to the Race to Zero campaign ahead of its scheduled participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, in a few weeks. The governor said he would attend the event, which is scheduled from Oct.31 to Nov.12, but his office has so far provided few details on the trip.
“Extreme heat, devastating storms, flooding and other adverse effects on human health and financial well-being put our condition to the test. If humanity does not reduce greenhouse gas emissions, these conditions will only worsen and adaptation will become even more difficult, ”said Edwards. “Louisiana must do its part because we are at the forefront of a changing climate.
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