Governor John Bel Edwards, signed two executive orders in August 2020 to address climate change. The first set the state’s emission-reduction targets at 28 percent by 2025, 50 percent by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. A task force is putting together a long-term climate strategy to plan how to meet these goals, which will be finalised by February 2022. The second executive order focused specifically on the state, which is hit annually by destructive climate-related natural disasters, increasing its actions on adaptation and resilience. Despite the executive orders, the state will likely have difficulty implementing its strategies and increasing funding and incentives for climate-related projects as Republicans hold majorities in both chambers of the legislature. Moreover, Democratic Governor Edwards’ second term will end before the 2025 target, and the state’s economy is heavily reliant on the fossil fuel industry. Natural gas provides the majority of electricity generation and Governor Edwards hopes to work with the industry to voluntarily reduce emissions as he sees climate as an urgent issue since the state ranks in the top five in emissions despite ranking 25th in population.
SHORT-TERM OUTLOOK THROUGH 2025 – LOUISIANA
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