Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who oversees some of the richest oil and natural gas resources in the Lower 48, on Wednesday set the Pelican State on a path toward net zero-carbon emissions by 2050, which the energy industry is backing.

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Two executive orders (EO) were issued to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance coastal resilience. Emissions reduction goals would cut net GHG emissions in 2025 by 26-28%, then by 40-50% in 2030, and 100% by 2050.

EO JBE 2020-18 formally established the state’s first-ever Climate Initiatives Task Force to make recommendations to reduce GHG emissions. EO JBE 2020-19 provides steps to coordinate adaptation efforts more comprehensively under the leadership of the state’s first chief resilience officer (CRO).

“By coupling these...