Louisiana climate task force members say they won’t meet ‘net zero’ goal


Some members of the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force warned Dec. 16 that their latest draft recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would not meet Gov. John Bel Edwards’ goal of “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, reports NOLA.com.

Robert Verchick, a Loyola University environmental law professor, warned that as fellow task force members  review the plan in advance of a Feb. 1 deadline, they would have to vote on proposals that ultimately won’t meet Edwards’ mandate.

In October, the task force was told that computer modeling found its emissions reduction strategies would cut Louisiana carbon-equivalent emissions dramatically, from 217 million metric tons in 2018, but still leave the state producing 91.1 million tons a year by 2050.

Several members suggested extending the time for considering amendments beyond Feb. 1. Harry Vorhoff, deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, said changing the deadline would be up to Edwards. Read the entire story.