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Louisiana State Profile and Energy Estimates

Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana has abundant crude oil and natural gas reserves both onshore and offshore, buried beneath the thick sediments of the Mississippi Delta. Freshwater and saltwater wetlands cover about one-third of Louisiana’s area. The state rises gradually from the marshes, bayous, and estuaries along its extensive Gulf of Mexico coastline to the prairie in the state’s north and west. On average, Louisiana is only 100 feet above sea level.


The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Louisiana

Between 2017 and 2019, Louisiana experienced six severe storms, two tropical cyclones and two flooding events. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.



Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.


How the Climate Crisis is Affecting Louisiana


Hurricane Katrina: Facts, Damage & Aftermath

Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States.


State-by-State: Climate Change in Louisiana

Louisiana faces the highest rate of sea level rise within the United States. According to a Risky Business report, the mean sea level at Grand Isle will rise to 1.9 to 2.4 feet by mid-century if carbon emissions are not abated. State coastal property worth $44.8 billion is at risk of inundation by 2050.


State of Louisiana: Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, and biomass can potentially play an important role in the future of our nation.  The Department of Natural Resources is committed to encouraging the development of renewable sources of energy.