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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the world’s largest and most important climate conference — COP26 — where global leaders have committed to policies to minimize global warming and its impacts. This is especially important in Louisiana where coastal erosion, intensifying hurricanes, and rising sea levels threaten residents’ homes and the state’s economy.

At this conference, in a one minute video exchange St. James Parish’s Sharon Lavigne asked the Governor if he would reassess his support of the Formosa Plastics Sunshine proposal in Cancer Alley. If built, the plastics plant — in addition to its health impacts on St James Parish residents — at 13.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, would immediately become the state’s largest climate polluter.


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