Louisiana governor’s goal: net zero greenhouse gases by 2050

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(Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s governor has signed an executive order setting a state goal for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and environmental groups were quick to praise him.

Environmental Defense Fund coastal resilience director Natalie Snider says it’s unique for a state driven by fossil fuel.

Gov. John Bel Edwards set out the goal in an order creating a climate initiatives task force.

It will include members from state government, business, a tribal representative, academics and other areas.

A second order signed Wednesday creates a state resilience officer and directs all state agencies to work with that person.

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