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Gov. Edwards creates task force to respond to climate change

He praised Louisiana's energy industry and stressed that the carbon reduction efforts would be as industry-friendly as possible.
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks during his inauguration at the state Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Brett Duke, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is planning an expansion of coastal restoration and flood protection efforts that will target greenhouse gas emissions by Louisiana industry as a way to reduce future sea level rise. 

Edwards announced the plans Thursday. 

The Democratic governor says he's forming a new Climate Initiatives Task Force that will come up with “next steps” for the state to take. But Edwards offered few specifics about how aggressive a line he would take towards reducing emissions. 

He praised Louisiana's energy industry and stressed that the carbon reduction efforts would be as industry-friendly as possible.

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