A French colony before being subsumed by the US in 1803 when the Louisiana Purchase was concluded, Louisiana is famous for its Creole and Cajun cultures and food, as well as its rich history as the birthplace of jazz.  With a population of 4.6 million people, and an alligator population of about half that, the state spans more than 43 thousand square miles.   

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 and has the highest annual rainfall of any state on the US mainland, putting it on the frontlines in the battle against sea level rise—the state loses a football field’s worth of land every hour and a halfFamously, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 devastated New Orleans, flooding 80% of the city and damaging 70% of the city’occupied housing. Katrina also shone a light on the differential impacts of environmental degradation across racial lines—a black homeowner in New Orleans was more than three times as likely to have been flooded as a white homeownerWhile no single extreme weather event can be tied completely to climate change, warmer temperatures tend to lead to more powerful storms. Additionally, as sea levels continue to rise, flooding from any storm becomes more threatening 

Louisiana’s temperature is increasing even more quickly than the rest of the country, and the state is expected to see 115 dangerously hot days per year by 2050, compared to the 35 it experienced in 2015New Orleans is the 15th hottest city in the country and had the highest poverty rate of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas 

Situated at the mouth of the Mississippi River, Louisiana has abundant crude and natural gas reserves and plays an integral role in moving natural gas through the country. The Henry Hub in Erath, Louisiana is the most active natural gas market center in North AmericaIt will come as no surprise that about 70% of Louisiana’s electricity is generated by natural gas, nearly twice the national rate. Renewable energy accounts for about 4% of electricityLouisiana’s total energy consumption ranks it among the top three states in the nation, largely because of the energy-intensive chemical, petroleum, and natural gas industries in the state’s industrial sector.  

In spring 2019, the state government released Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments. The plan identifies key challenges facing coastal communities and suggests a series of policy changes that could mitigate the risks of flooding and enhance resiliency as seas inevitably continue rising. In February 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards assembled a Climate Initiatives Task Force, which Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown explained would determine the volume of greenhouse gases emitted by industry and other sources in the state, and then come up with ways to reduce them. Currently, no policies exist that address greenhouse gas emissions.

In an Aug. 19 executive order, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, D, set his state on a path toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by establishing a task force charged with reaching that goal, and in the interim reducing economy-wide emissions 26-28% by 2025 and 40-50% by 2030.



B&W, Kiewit partner to deliver 200 MW biomass plant in Louisiana

Babcock & Wilcox announced today that as a preferred technology supplier, it will partner with Kiewit Industrial to deliver Fidelis New Energy’s planned net-negative carbon impact biomass power plant at the Port of Greater Baton…

Houma-area lawmakers’ effort to spark wind energy in Gulf advances in Louisiana Legislature

An effort to position Louisiana at the forefront of wind energy projects along the Gulf Coast gained significant momentum Tuesday when the Louisiana House of Representatives approved a bill that would provide larger leases for…

Louisiana chemical production outlook ‘best we’ve seen in several years’

Louisiana’s industry will benefit from low natural gas prices and rising demand for vehicles and homes and is well-positioned for the transition to a lower-carbon, more sustainable future, according to participants in a webinar hosted…

Louisiana energy law redraft tabled with eye on opening state waters to offshore wind

Bill by state legislator proposes expanding individual lease areas five-fold to accommodate wind projects, and allowing collection of royalties on power generation in the US Gulf

Louisiana Will Get $75 Million For EV Infrastructure

Louisiana will receive around $75 million for EV infrastructure, the Office of the Governor announced in February. The Office of the Governor noted that under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Louisiana will receive…

Louisiana’s first climate plan calls for 100% clean power

A Louisiana task force this week unanimously approved the state’s first-ever climate plan, setting the stage for efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s carbon-intensive energy industries. The Louisiana Climate Action Plan includes…

Renewable Energy Group breaks ground on $950 million dollar expansion on renewable diesel plant

Renewable Energy Group broke ground on its $950 million expansion project at its renewable diesel plant in Geismar, Louisiana. The project expands the plants production from 90 million gallons of diesel per year to 340…

Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force hopes to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050

Louisiana is on the path toward reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 and the journey is one you will have a chance to weigh in on later this year. Louisiana’s Climate Initiatives Task Force…

Edwards: Louisiana Green Fuels plans $700M refinery

Plans are in the works to build a renewable diesel plant in north Louisiana. The Louisiana Green Fuels project is a $700 million venture by Olathe, Kansas-based Strategic Biofuels LLC, a project development company.  

Gov. Edwards Joins U.S. Climate Alliance to Address Climate Change at the State Level

Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced plans for Louisiana to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is a bipartisan group of Governors that have committed to state-led action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Louisiana is making bold climate goals, but still wants its fossil fuels

Earlier this month, Louisiana—one of the country’s largest oil producers and refiners—became the first Deep South state to sign on to an interstate climate compact to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The…

Gulf South for a Green New Deal

Gulf South for a Green New Deal(GS4GND) is a frontline-led regionalformation of more than 190 organizationsadvancing long-existing work in the regiontowards climate, racial, and economicjustice. GS4GND focuses its work throughthree main avenues: strategiccommunications, policy development,…

Louisville’s Latest Climate Commitments Need LG&E Buy-In

It’s Earth Day, the day governments and corporations re-up commitments to do better in the face of a climate crisis while reminding people to plant more trees, drive less and recycle.

Millions in Texas and Louisiana are under flash flood watches due to torrential rain

By Aya Elamroussi, CNN 05/19/21
Millions across southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana will remain under flash flood watches into Thursday because of torrential rain that has swept through the region, triggering power outages and reports of localized damage.

Preparing for Climate Change in Louisiana

This page provides an overview of the steps Louisiana is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (2017)

The plan includes 124 projects that build or maintain more than 800 square miles of land and reduce expected damage by $8.3 billion annually by year 50, which equates to more than $150 billion over…

Our Land and Water A Regional Approach to Adaptation

LA SAFE addresses community resilience holistically—integrating risk planning with planning for stormwater management, housing, transportation, economic development, education, recreation, and culture. LA SAFE recommends the following goals and strategies, including specific action items needed to…


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…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

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.


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How the Climate Crisis is Affecting Louisiana

The climate crisis has real implications for Louisiana that are already clear today. Here are three ways climate change is impacting the Bayou State — and one way you can take action now.

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…

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…

Solar Reviews

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Louisiana Solar

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Louisiana Renewable Energy

Natural gas is the primary fuel used for electricity generation in Louisiana. Coal was the second-leading source for decades, but now provides less generation than Louisiana's two nuclear plants.


Climate change poses existential threat to south Louisiana: U.N. report

By Mark Schleifstein   03/08/22  
Climate change poses an existential threat to south Louisiana during the next half-century, promising to deliver human suffering, force a northward migration, and disrupt both the state’s economy and its infrastructure, according to a number…

Climate change could prove more deadly in Louisiana without immediate action, report says

By Halle Parker   03/03/22  
Life in Louisiana will only get wetter, hotter and more humid in the coming decades, according to the latest international warning on climate change. And the extreme weather will be more than just uncomfortable —…

U.S. senator blocks Biden EPA nominees over carbon capture

By Timothy Gardner   02/17/22  
A Republican U.S. senator said on Wednesday he is blocking President Joe Biden's nominees for environmental regulatory positions in a bid to win permission for his state to regulate storage of the primary gas blamed…

Louisiana Approves First Climate Action Plan in the Gulf South

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force today unanimously approved the state’s first ever Climate Action Plan. Louisiana’s Plan contains a balanced set of recommendations to limit the severity of climate change while positioning…

Louisiana’s $2-Billion Gamble: Flood the Land to Save the Coast

By Duy Linh Tu and Julian Lim   01/27/22  
After Hurricane Ida slammed into the Louisiana coast in August 2021, it took more than 100 lives and cost billions of dollars in damage. To some here, the storm was just one more justification for…

Federal court revokes oil and gas leases, citing climate change

By Lisa Friedman   01/27/22  
A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate impacts of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases.

EPA announces ‘bold’ action to monitor pollution in ‘Cancer Alley’

By Darryl Fears   01/26/22  
Two months after touring “environmental justice” communities in three southern states, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday announced bold steps to address complaints from residents about tainted drinking water, chemical plants near homes…

Stronger storms, hotter winters, crawfish migration: $5.4M funds LSU study on links to climate change

By Caroline Savoie   01/02/22  
Stronger hurricanes, warmer winters and unusual crawfish behavior that's driving the crustacean’s mass emigration from Louisiana’s coast.

As Oil Drilling Looms in the Gulf, ‘Forgotten’ Native Americans Fear for Their Fragile Community

By Frances Madeson   11/24/21  
Three months after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the parish adjacent to Albert Naquin’s home in southern Louisiana, the 75-year-old chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw is thankful that the tribe is still…

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

By Elisa Wood   10/18/21  
Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was…

After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi   09/26/21  
When Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast with near 150 mile-per-hour winds on Aug. 30, it left a trail of destruction. The storm also triggered the most oil spills detected from space after a…

AgCenter: Ida agriculture damage at least $584M in Louisiana

Hurricane Ida’s winds and floods did at least $584 million in damage to agriculture in Louisiana, experts at the LSU AgCenter estimate. More than half of that — $315.9 million — is timber damage, with…

Nicholas, now a tropical depression, brings heavy rain to the flood-battered South.

By Eduardo Medina and Sophie Kasakove   09/15/21  
Tropical Depression Nicholas has unleashed heavy rain across parts of Louisiana this week, raising the risk of severe flooding in an area already battered by Hurricane Ida and still struggling to restore electricity to tens of thousands…

Louisianans, still recovering from Ida, brace for yet more rain.

By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Sophie Kasakove   09/14/21  
Even as blue tarps cover damaged roofs across Louisiana and more than 100,000 people remain without power, a new tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring more wind and rain, most likely…

Despite Climate Red Alert, Interior Department Moves On Gulf Lease Sale

By Lauren Kubiak & Valerie Cleland   09/12/21  
For weeks, wildfires have been ravaging states across the West and diminishing air quality; and Hurricane Ida, after devastating Gulf coast communities and causing new oil spills, wreaked havoc all the way up through the northeast…

New Orleans is coming back from Ida, but rural Louisiana is still struggling.

By Sophie Kasakove   09/10/21  
Christine Verdin received numerous photos from friends and family of the destruction Hurricane Ida brought to the rural community of Pointe-aux-Chenes, which runs along a bayou southwest of New Orleans.

Campbell Celebrates Growth of Renewable Power Use in LA

By BPT Staff   09/10/21  
The transition to clean renewable energy for Louisiana took another step forward this week with the start-up of the second of three planned SWEPCO wind farms in Oklahoma. The 287-megawatt Maverick wind farm is now…

Nearly all power has been restored in New Orleans, where at least 10 people died of excess heat after Ida.

By Giulia Heyward and Sophie Kasakove   09/09/21  
With the vast majority of lights now on in New Orleans, city officials on Thursday were prepared for the next phase in navigating the aftermath of Hurricane Ida: recovery. The slow progress toward normalcy came…

Hurricane Ida power failures prompt calls for more solar energy, tougher grids

By David Sherfinski   09/09/21  
WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jenel Hazlett, 61, had a choice to make with Hurricane Ida bearing down on New Orleans: stay in the city and hope for the best, or evacuate with…

The Hurricane Ida death toll rises by 11 in Louisiana, with many of the fatalities linked to power outages

By Giulia Heyward and Sophie Kasakove   09/08/21  
The death toll from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana rose to 26 on Wednesday, when state officials said that 11 additional deaths in New Orleans had been connected to the storm and the power outages that…

To keep the lights on, New Orleans’ grid needs to change—here’s how

By Antonia Juhasz   09/08/21  
Power went out in my New Orleans apartment on Saturday, August 28—the day before Category 4 Hurricane Ida crashed into Port Fourchon on Louisiana’s southern coast, 100 miles away. By Sunday night, more than a…

Climate Change Is Already Rejiggering Where Americans Live

By Jake Bittle   09/03/21  
When I met Flynn Hoob on Monday, he was standing in front of his home. Or rather, what was left of his home. It was the day after Hurricane Ida, and Hoob’s one-story house in Bourg,…

Louisiana High School Sports Meet a Mighty Opponent: Climate Change

By Jeré Longman   09/03/21  
Coach Denny Wright of tiny Grand Isle School texted his cross-country runners and basketball players about the mandatory evacuation on Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island: “No school. No practice. I’ll let you know when.”

The Truth Is That You Can’t Protect Everything From Every Hurricane

By Robert S. Young   09/02/21  
Hurricane Ida, which on Sunday struck the coast of Louisiana near Port Fourchon as a very strong Category 4 storm, will teach us many lessons. The first is the hardest to acknowledge: No matter what…

Power makes slow return to eastern New Orleans

By AP   09/01/21  
Entergy said Wednesday that it is slowly adding power back to New Orleans, and the pace of that work will determine how quickly the region’s important oil refineries can restart operations that were shut down…

Lack of Power Hinders Assessment of Toxic Pollution Caused by Ida

By Hiroko Tabuchi   09/01/21  
A fertilizer plant battered by Hurricane Ida belched highly toxic anhydrous ammonia into the air. Two damaged gas pipelines leaked isobutane and propylene, flammable chemicals that are hazardous to human health. And a plastic plant…

New Orleanians struggle to find their footing after yet another hurricane.

By Richard Fausset   08/31/21  
Nearly all of the built city survived this time. But the misery has already arrived in New Orleans, after Hurricane Ida punched up the city on Sunday night. It was especially pronounced on a stretch…

Hurricane Ida could make the supply chain disaster even worse.

By Peter S. Goodman   08/31/21  
In normal times, the devastation of a massive hurricane like Ida tends to be followed by an aggressive rebuilding effort, as carpenters, roofers and other skilled workers descend on affected communities to repair the damage.

Hurricane Ida Offers a Glimpse of the Dystopia That’s Coming for All of Us

By Andy Horowitz   08/31/21  
As a boy, Louis Armstrong worked for the Karnofsky family. The Karnofskys’ tailor shop on South Rampart Street in New Orleans became a second home to him, and the family helped him buy his first…

Louisiana Residents Survey Devastation After Hurricane Ida

By Associated Press   08/31/21  
Search-and-rescue efforts continued for those stranded after the Category 4 storm battered the state. Officials warned that recovery could take days or even weeks.

As a preview of future hurricanes, Ida is ‘very scary.’

By Winston Choi-Schagrin   08/31/21  
The effects of Hurricane Ida will be felt far from where it made landfall in southern Louisiana on Sunday. As it moves across the Upper Ohio Valley and toward the Northeast later in the week,…

Louisiana power outages renew questions about utility giant’s preparedness for storms

By Douglas MacMillan and Beth Reinhard   08/31/21  
Louisiana’s largest utility company recently completed a $100 million upgrade to the region’s electrical grid, proclaiming in a news release that the new equipment was a model of “storm resiliency” throughout the region.

Hurricane Ida Exposes Grid Weaknesses as New Orleans Goes Dark

By Ivan Penn   08/30/21  
Most of New Orleans went dark on Sunday after Hurricane Ida took out transmission lines and forced power plants offline. It was an all too familiar scene in a city that has often lost power during big storms.

Louisiana tank farm looks to spend $100 million to expand for renewable fuels

By Kristen Mosbrucker   08/25/21  
International-Matex Tank Terminals plans to invest more than $100 million to expand its Geismar marine terminal so it can handle renewable fuel products.

Offshore wind advocates see Gulf of Mexico opportunity

By Kirk Moore   08/24/21  
Building on moves by Louisiana, offshore wind advocates see the Gulf of Mexico as a next major step for developing the U.S. industry – possibly including re-use of offshore oil and gas platforms and pipelines…

Here’s why Louisiana faces a special challenge from climate change

By Tegan Wendland   08/20/21  
As scientists deliver increasingly dire warnings to curtail the greenhouse gases that are changing the world's climate, Louisiana faces special challenges in reducing its emissions: More than half of the carbon emitted in the state comes from…

Army Corps Orders Environmental Review of Proposed Formosa Plastics Plant in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’

By Sharon Kelly   08/18/21  
The Formosa Sunshine Project in St. James Parish, Louisiana, will undergo a full formal environmental review, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in a memorandum issued today and posted on Twitter.

Solar power offers $6 billion opportunity for Louisiana, researchers say

By Wes Muller   08/17/21  
Louisiana researchers say the focus on carbon capture technologies by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force could lead to missed opportunities for a faster, cheaper and easier impact on Louisiana’s carbon emissions problem.…

Poll Finds Louisiana Voters Concerned About Climate Change

By Tegan Wendland   08/16/21  
Seventy percent of the roughly 1,000 people polled by Global Strategy Group (GSG) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in July said coastal flooding and hurricanes were affecting them and their families. Residents of Plaquemines…

Industry accounts for well over half Louisiana’s carbon dioxide emissions, research shows

By Wesley Muller   07/30/21  
Louisiana’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by the LSU Center for Energy Studies, are “dominated by the industrial sector,” which accounts for 61% of the state’s total carbon dioxide emissions. That’s nearly…

Scientists understood physics of climate change in the 1800s – thanks to a woman named Eunice Foote

By Sylvia G. Dee   07/27/21  
Long before the current political divide over climate change, and even before the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), an American scientist named Eunice Foote documented the underlying cause of today’s climate change crisis.

La. energy battles show challenge of reaching net zero

By Edward Klump   07/27/21  
More than a year after it debuted, Entergy Corp.’s New Orleans Power Station still has climate advocates steaming over the decision to spend $210 million on a project that relies on natural gas.

Devastated by Disasters, Lake Charles Is Still Waiting for Help

By Rick Rojas   07/26/21  
Nic Hunter, the mayor of Lake Charles, has no doubt that elected officials in Washington are well aware of everything his city has weathered. They have told him so, repeatedly.

‘I thought we were an oil and gas state’: Solar developments in Louisiana draw increased scrutiny

By Sam Karlin   07/19/21  
Two years ago, when regulators gave Entergy Louisiana the green light to buy power from a new utility-scale solar plant in West Baton Rouge Parish, the power company’s CEO hailed it as a win for…

To Flee, or to Stay Until the End and Be Swallowed by the Sea

By Dalia Faheid, Katie Livingstone   07/18/21  
The Rev. Roch Naquin grew up on this island along the Louisiana coast, trapping muskrats and mink in the marsh beyond his family’s home and cutting firewood from a stand of oak trees.

Tangipahoa leaders weigh local solar laws as Louisiana clashes over renewable energy

By James Finn   07/04/21  
The project Cleveland worries about would cover acres of gently-rolling land about a third of a mile from his home with thousands of solar panels — yet another proposed development in Southeast Louisiana’s march towards…

On the Louisiana Coast, an Indigenous Community Loses Homes to Erosion

By Duy Linh Tu and Julian Lim   06/15/21  
Chris Brunet points to the stumps of dead trees throughout his yard. “This whole place looked completely different when I was growing up,” he says. “There’s not much left now.”

Retired St. James Parish teacher wins global award for pollution fight

By Halle Parker   06/15/21  
Sharon Lavigne never imagined herself an environmental activist. The retired teacher had spent much of her life working with special education students in the St. James Parish public school system...

This Louisiana neighborhood is retreating in the face of climate change

By Alexandria Herr   06/03/21  
In early May, President Joe Biden stood in front of the 70-year old Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana. With the aging bridge in the background, he spoke about the hurricanes that have battered…

Biden made this city a poster child for climate change. Then it flooded again.

By Adam Mahoney   05/20/21  
Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southwest Louisiana city faced three hurricanes in 2020, leaving thousands without homes and jobs. And this week it was pelted by a once-in-a-century rain event, which brought…