Louisiana

LOUISIANA

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.

CURRENT NEWS

Companies Are Poised to Inject Millions of Tons of Carbon Underground. Will It Stay Put?

By Nicholas Kusnetz 03/20/24
After more than a century of pulling carbon from underground, a rush is underway to pump it back down. Companies have applied for scores of permits across the country to inject carbon dioxide deep into…
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Battered by hurricanes and tired of rebuilding, 90% of population has left this coastal town

By Nidhi Sharma and Lauren Wilson 03/19/24
Seven days a week, Tressie LaBove Smith makes the two-hour round trip from Lake Charles to what’s left of her Cajun restaurant in Cameron, Louisiana, an unincorporated town perched along the stormy Gulf Coast. Business…
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Gulf Coast Petrochemical Buildout Draws Billions in Tax Breaks Despite Pollution Violations

By Dylan Baddour 03/14/24
A booming petrochemical buildout on the Gulf Coast has drawn billions of dollars in public subsidies from state tax abatement programs despite regular violations of pollution permits, according to a new report released Thursday.
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A ‘collapse’ is looming for Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, scientists say

By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney 02/15/24
Rapidly rising seas are wreaking havoc on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, and could devastate three-quarters of the state’s natural buffer against hurricanes in the coming decades, scientists found in a study published Thursday.
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Mardi Gras beads are creating a plastic disaster in New Orleans. Are there green alternatives?

By Kevin McGill 02/11/24
It’s a beloved century-old Carnival season tradition in New Orleans — masked riders on lavish floats fling strings of colorful beads or other trinkets to parade watchers clamoring with outstretched arms.
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When a climate change denier becomes governor: Jeff Landry’s first month in office

By Terry L. Jones 02/07/24
In his first four weeks in office, Louisiana Republican Gov. Jeff Landry has filled the ranks of state environmental posts with fossil fuel industry executives.
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“These streets should be paved with gold”

By Emily Atkin 01/30/24
On Friday, the Biden Administration announced a temporary pause on Department of Energy permit approvals for new liquified methane gas, or LNG, export terminals.
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Wind farms and carbon capture want the same turf off Louisiana’s coast. Who gets it?

By Tristan Baurick 01/04/24
A turf war on the southwest Louisiana coast is brewing between two industries that both aim to cut carbon emissions but say their multi-million dollar projects require the same stretch of offshore real estate.
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‘They make it so hard to do the right thing’: New Orleanians battle exorbitant energy bills with few alternatives

By Nina Lakhani 11/21/23
Darlene Jones spends most of her time holed up in the bedroom to minimize the amount of electricity she uses to cool and light her home in downtown New Orleans. Air seeps out from the…
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US Supreme Court denies request by oil firms to halt coastal erosion suit

By Mark Schleifstein 11/09/23
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by BP, Shell and Hilcorp oil companies to block the start of a state court lawsuit filed by Cameron Parish seeking as much as $7 billion in…
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As Climate Shocks Grow, Lawmakers Investigate Insurers Fleeing Risky Areas

By Christopher Flavelle 11/01/23
Faced with growing losses from hurricanes, floods and wildfires, major insurance companies are pulling out of California, Florida and Louisiana — a shift that threatens to undermine the economies of those states.
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A salty problem for people near the mouth of the Mississippi is a wakeup call for New Orleans

By Kevin MCGill and Stephen Smith 10/27/23
The heating element removed from Monique Plaisance’s water heater in September was disintegrating, streaked with rust and covered in a dry crust. She blamed the corrosion on the water piped in from the area’s longtime…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Billions Banking on The Bayou

10/05/23
n the midst of the clean energy race, companies appear to have found Louisiana’s geological makeup ideal for pursuing sustainable large-scale carbon capture and sequestration.

Louisiana approves permit for Strategic Biofuels’ renewable fuels project

09/23/23
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) has issued a key permit to Strategic Biofuels LLC allowing the operator to proceed with development of subsidiary Louisiana Green Fuels LLC’s (LGF) proposed grassroots renewable fuels project…

First Solar breaks ground on $1.1 billion Louisiana manufacturing facility

09/22/23
The facility is believed to be the largest capital investment in the area’s history, representing an investment of approximately $1.1 billion in the expansion of America’s solar panel production capacity.

Where Louisiana stands in the nationwide energy transition

09/19/23
Louisiana will soon mark the seventh annual National Clean Energy Week. While the state’s renewable power industry is slightly behind that of most other states, it is forecast to accelerate significantly over the coming years,…

Renewable power expected to grow as Louisiana marks clean energy transition

09/18/23
Louisiana will soon mark the seventh annual National Clean Energy Week. While the state’s renewable power industry is slightly behind that of most other states, it is forecast to accelerate significantly over the coming years.

Entergy and Monarch Energy collaborate to advance South Louisiana green hydrogen infrastructure

09/06/23
Entergy Louisiana and Monarch Energy, a company known for its green hydrogen and electro-fuels projects, have signed a memorandum of understanding to help advance the energy infrastructure in South Louisiana. As part of the agreement,…

Could Central Louisiana be a new energy hub? Officials hope new project signals bright future.

09/01/23
Dupree, the mayor of this central Louisiana town across the Red River from Alexandria, was working a room full of local politicos and business people Thursday, all gathered in the Pineville Community Center for lunch…

Edwards renewable energy investment to former Pineville paper mill site

08/31/23
Governor John Bel Edwards announces a $1.8 million renewable energy investment in Pineville.

Louisiana Offers Opportunity

08/17/23
Louisiana is continuing to support an array of industries statewide through its LED FastStart Program, which was created in 2008. For more than a decade, this state workforce development program has provided customized employee recruitment,…

Westlake’s Lotte Chemical, Entergy Louisiana continue partnership through renewable energy

08/08/23
Entergy Louisiana announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lotte Chemical USA Corp. of Westlake with the goal of working collaboratively to seek opportunities to reduce Lotte’s scope 2 emissions and meet…

SunGas Renewables To Develop Green Methanol Facility In Louisiana

08/02/23
SunGas Renewables Inc. on July 26 announced the formation of Beaver Lake Renewable Energy LLC, which will construct a new green methanol production facility in Central Louisiana. A wholly owned subsidiary of SunGas Renewables, BLRE…

Lafayette to build natural gas power plant, still pursuing solar

07/21/23
The Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) plans to build a new natural gas power plant to make up for the loss of electricity from a 40-year-old coal-burning plant being decommissioned.

Energy Facts: Impact of the Investing in America Agenda on Louisiana

07/11/23
On July 12, 2023, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will travel to Louisiana to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government approach to reaching America’s clean energy future.

What is carbon capture and how can it affect Louisiana? What you need to know

07/10/23
Louisiana is known for having its chemical and industrial plants throughout the state that emit carbon dioxide.

Louisiana O&G still has a place in the future of energy

05/23/23
The oil and natural gas industry has been the leading economic driver for Louisiana for more than a century, and its energy sector is a pivotal resource for the Gulf Coast region and even the…

While Texas balks, Louisiana pursues clean energy projects

05/18/23
Speaking to a room full of carbon storage developers here earlier this month, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards couldn’t help but compare the climate politics in his state to neighboring Texas.

Renewable energy advocates suspicious of leasing legislation

05/05/23
A legislative proposal to lock into Louisiana law the rights of landowners who lease their property to solar and wind farm operators has renewable energy advocates uncomfortable.

Offshore wind workforce a weak link in plan to build out renewables

04/25/23
A national push toward offshore wind energy could create thousands of well-paying domestic jobs in Louisiana and elsewhere, according to clean energy advocates and President Joe Biden, who wants to establish 30 gigawatts of offshore…

Louisiana builds country’s 1st wind farm service ship as renewable infrastructure grows in state

04/05/23
In a state known for its oil and gas industry, companies are looking at Louisiana to build up the country’s offshore wind industry infrastructure.

Big Solar Boom Is Coming for State That Doesn’t Have Much of It

03/16/23
Entergy Corp. is seeking approval to install more than 3.2 gigawatts of solar power in Louisiana, more than 11 times the amount that’s currently in service in the state.

After years of delay, New Orleans adds first electric vehicles to city fleet

03/07/23
Nearly four years after promising to green its vehicle fleet, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration has finally purchased its first electric cars.

Entergy Louisiana seeks approval to add nearly 225 megawatts of solar power to its generation mix

03/02/23
To meet customers’ growing demands for renewable energy and support economic development in the state, Entergy Louisiana this week filed a request with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to approve the purchase, construction and operation…

A New Energy For Louisiana

03/01/23
This past September, a groundbreaking plan to create an offshore wind-powered hydrogen energy industry cluster in south Louisiana was awarded $50 million from the Build Back Better (BBB) Challenge, administered by the U.S. Economic Development…

Green energy: McDonald’s second solar project in Louisiana

02/22/23
McDonald’s has teamed up with Lightsource bp to launch a solar project in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, roughly 25 miles from Lafayette, according to a recent press release.

Gonzales taking small steps toward addressing climate change. See what they’re doing.

02/21/23
More efficient air conditioning and heating, LED lights at city tennis courts and Interstate 10 interchanges, and a future solar-powered sewer plant.

New state utility regulator wants to reduce rates, introduce renewable mandates

02/17/23
Davante Lewis is expected to push for policies that mirror what other states have done

Port of South Louisiana sees growth in tonnage for first time in six years

02/07/23
With the release of Fourth Quarter 2022 data, Port of South Louisiana (PortSL) saw an annual increase in tonnage of nearly 10 million short tons of cargo. In 2022, PortSL moved a total of 239,257,758…

Louisiana’s Climate Goals Met With Industry Pledging Billions

02/06/23
The first year of the state’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 was marked by billions being pledged on facilities to help the state meet that goal. But…

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

03/31/22
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

03/30/22
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’

03/29/22
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

03/09/22
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

03/09/22
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

02/02/22
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

10/14/21
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

06/04/21
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

06/04/21
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

06/04/21
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

06/04/21
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

06/04/21
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

06/03/21
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

08/30/20
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)

07/18/19
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

07/17/19
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…

KEY RESOURCES

Louisiana State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/01/21
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

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
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

09/19/20
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.

Louisiana

08/13/20
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

08/13/20
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

08/13/20
Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes ever to hit the United States.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Louisiana

07/31/20
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

01/08/20
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

01/08/20
Find the best solar companies in Louisiana!

Louisiana Solar

01/08/20
Data Current Through: Q4 2019

Louisiana Renewable Energy

01/08/20
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.

MORE NEWS

The toxic, corrosive reason saltwater intrusion would be a catastrophe for New Orleans

By Ella Nilsen   10/15/23  
It would be a nightmare for any city: A massive wedge of saltwater creeping up the Mississippi River, contaminating drinking water at treatment plants one-by-one and threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of residents.
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Reprieve for New Orleans as salt water creeping up the Mississippi River slows its push inland

By Kevin MCGill   10/06/23  
Salt water inching up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico is progressing more slowly than projected, authorities said Thursday, meaning water systems in the greater New Orleans area that draw drinking water from…
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A saltwater wedge climbing the Mississippi River threatens drinking water

By Brady Dennis   09/22/23  
For six generations, Ricky Becnel’s family has run the massive tree nursery on the banks of the Mississippi River near Belle Chasse, La. Its 20 acres and half a million trees, most of them citrus,…
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Rates climbing for Louisiana’s insurer of last resort

By Chelsea Brasted   09/20/23  
Homeowners insurance rates from Louisiana's insurer of last resort increased by 63% on average, and National Flood Insurance Program premiums will increase by 234% on average this year, according to a new report.
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Louisiana’s Battle Against The Blaze: Unprecedented Wildfires Amidst Climate Crisis

09/18/23  
In communities often challenged by flooding and hurricanes this time of year, firefighters instead are fending off 300-foot-tall (91.44 metres) blazes during an unprecedented wildfire season, which isn't even halfway over.
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Louisiana 2050: Rising seas will upend life. Time is running out to limit the impact.

By Mike Smith   09/14/23  
The sun is barely up and Robbie Campo is ankle-deep in a pool of water, sloshing around in shrimp boots and explaining why.
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Climate Change Is Causing an Insurance Crisis in Louisiana

By Leslie Kaufman   09/11/23  
A little over a year ago, Peter Gardner, a Louisiana developer, completed rehabbing an apartment building with 144 units and got a surprise so ugly it made him decide to move his business out of…
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Offshore Wind Auction for the Gulf of Mexico Gets a Tepid Response

By Lisa Friedman   08/29/23  
The first auction of leases for wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico, which the Biden administration had heralded as part of its effort to expand clean energy, ended on Tuesday with just one of…
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Louisiana’s record-breaking wildfire continues to burn

By Aubri Juhasz   08/29/23  
Louisiana is experiencing the largest wildfires in the state's history. At least 2 people have died. The state is in a severe drought and continues to experience record heat.
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Entire Louisiana town under mandatory evacuation because of wildfire

By Sara Cline   08/26/23  
An entire town in southwestern Louisiana is under mandatory evacuation orders because of a wildfire that state officials say is the largest they have ever seen.
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Louisiana parish ends evacuation order amid refinery fire

By Justine McDaniel   08/25/23  
A fire at a petroleum refinery in Louisiana triggered evacuations for a few hours Friday and caused a large smoke plume, authorities said.
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What’s in the air? New mapping tool gives parish-by-parish breakdown of air pollution

By Halle Parker   08/24/23  
It’s not easy to picture what’s in the air we breathe in Louisiana and Mississippi. But earlier this month, a researcher debuted a new tool that could help. It maps pollution in the region, and…
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API, State of Louisiana, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Challenge Lease Sale 261 Final Notice of Sale

08/24/23  
The American Petroleum Institute (API) today joined with the State of Louisiana and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in filing a challenge to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Management’s (BOEM) Final Notice of…
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Federal tax incentives create gold rush for nascent carbon capture projects in Louisiana

By Pam Radtke   08/13/23  
Millions of dollars of investments in new carbon capture projects in Louisiana — with more announced this past week — are unwelcome developments to some environmental activists in the state.
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As Louisiana’s coast washes away, the dead are the first to go

By Delaney Nolan   08/11/23  
Down in Cameron Parish, a storm-wracked region low on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Patrick Hebert has a talent for finding the dead.
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Mississippi River Restoration Project Shows How Louisiana Leads in Climate Resilience

By Moira Mcdonald   08/11/23  
The Mississippi River is vital to Louisiana and the nation. Throughout America’s history, it has been a source of food and agriculture for millions of people.
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Can vacuums slow global warming? Administration bets $1.2 billion on it.

By Evan Halper   08/11/23  
The Biden administration is betting big on giant carbon-sucking vacuums as a climate solution, announcing that it will help jump-start two mammoth projects in Texas and Louisiana that will be a global testing ground for…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Up To $1.2 Billion For Nation’s First Direct Air Capture Demonstrations in Texas and Louisiana

08/11/23  
As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $1.2 billion to advance the development of two
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A billion-dollar coastal project begins in Louisiana. Will it work as sea levels rise?

By Kevin McGill   08/11/23  
Nearly $3 billion in settlement money from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast and killed hundreds of thousands of marine animals is now funding a massive ecosystem restoration in southeastern Louisiana’s…
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Facing The Surge

By Chris Mooney and Others   08/07/23  
Louisiana armed itself against the seas in the years after Hurricane Katrina, working to rebuild a shrinking coastline while factoring in the potential for dire climate change.
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‘Death stars on sinking land’: How liquefied natural gas took over the Gulf Coast

By Lylla Younes and Jake Bittle   08/02/23  
To visit the country’s newest hub for exporting liquefied gas to Europe, follow the Mississippi River southeast from New Orleans, past the recently shuttered Phillips 66 refinery in Alliance and deeper into Plaquemines Parish, a…
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New rules could mean less waste, less pollution and more jobs for Louisiana

By Adam Peltz and Elizabeth Lieberknecht   07/31/23  
Recently, Louisiana, under the leadership of Gov. John Bel Edwards, became the latest state taking action to curb pollution and waste from oil and gas production. In a new proposal, the state says it will…
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US legislators turn to Louisiana for experience on climate change impacts to infrastructure

By Associated Press   07/28/23  
This summer — as blistering heat waves scorched the Southwest, wildfire smoke from Canada choked much of North America, a drought in the central U.S. devastated soybean and corn crops, and storms flooded parts of…
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Property insurance disappears for Louisiana residents — but not for new fossil fuel facilities

By Taylor Kate Brown   07/24/23  
Residents of coastal Louisiana are facing growing risks from flooding and extreme weather, with options for home insurance vanishing as insurers leave the state. But the fossil fuel industry operating nearby has no such worries.
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Interactive map shows parts of Louisiana, US cities that could be underwater in 2050

By Bonnie Bolden   07/20/23  
Residents of the northeastern U.S. saw firsthand this summer the devastation flooding can cause in a community. Unfortunately, scientists predict flooding will only become more common as the years go on.
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Louisiana juveniles are suffering dangerous heat and isolation in an old death row facility built for adults, a lawsuit states. Experts say the harm could be irreversible

By Amy Simonson and Lauren Mascarenhas   07/20/23  
Children in the custody of Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice being held in a former death row building at an adult prison are suffering dangerous heat conditions and routine isolation in their cells that experts…
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Flash Flooding Expected in Southern Arkansas and North Louisiana

By Lauren McCarthy   07/12/23  
Several flash flood warnings were issued for parts of Arkansas and Louisiana on Wednesday morning, following days of destructive flooding across the Northeast.
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Why is Louisiana so vulnerable to climate change? Here’s everything you need to know

By Christina Ferrari   07/12/23  
The climate crisis is expected to lead to intensifying storms, heavier rains and rising seas -- and Louisiana looks to be increasingly at risk.
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Climate change forced an Indigenous community in Louisiana to relocate from their ancestral land: ‘I will always have a feeling of being displaced’

By Isaiah Reynolds   06/29/23  
The Isle de Jean Charles once spanned more than 22,000 acres of the lush Louisiana bayous; as of today, less than 2% of the isle remains above water.
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Devon Parfait, Louisiana Tribal Chief, on Climate Change and Preserving Customs

By Zoe Dutton   05/15/23  
Devon Parfait’s earliest memories are of the Louisiana bayou. He spent countless hours on his grandfather Pierre’s shrimping boat, hauling up freshly baited traps and hearing old family stories. His family, part of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw…
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Carbon capture creates new allies, foes in Louisiana, a ground zero for climate change

By Sam Karlin   05/08/23  
In April, at the state library across the street from the State Capitol, Rep. Bill Wheat, a burly, bespectacled Republican from Ponchatoula, stood behind a podium adorned with a sign that read, “We want wetlands,…
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Native tribe in Louisiana highlights challenges of climate-driven relocation

By Megan Thompson and Melanie Saltzman   04/15/23  
In 2022, the Biden administration announced it would pay to help several Native American tribes move away from coastlines and rivers, where waters are rising due to climate change. Special correspondent Megan Thompson reports on…
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Louisiana energy companies wasted $82 million in natural gas, study finds

By Wesley Muller   04/13/23  
A new environmental advocacy group analysis released Thursday found Louisiana’s oil and gas industry wasted over $82 million worth of natural gas in 2019, which is more than two-thirds of the state’s yearly residential consumption.
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U.N. panel issues dire warning on climate change. What does that mean for Louisiana?

By Oliver Butcher   04/10/23  
The full 85-page report can be read online at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change website, but the main takeaways are consistent with what most of the world’s scientists have been saying for years now:…
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Study Finds Shockingly Fast Sea Level Rise Around U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coast

By Angely Mercado   04/10/23  
Sea level rise is transforming the U.S. coastline across the country, but researchers have noticed that the rate of sea level rise has increased faster in the last decade around the Gulf and Southeastern coasts.
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Louisiana’s Coastline Is Crumbling. These Tribes Know How to Save it

By Lorena O' Neil   04/06/23  
ROSINA PHILIPPE EXPERTLY steers a small metal boat through the brackish bayou. It’s a chilly February afternoon in Louisiana, and Philippe, an elder of the Atakapa-Ishak/Chawasha Tribe, is bundled up in a camouflage hoodie. She’s…
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Potent Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depleting Chemicals Called CFCs Are Back on the Rise Following an International Ban, a New Study Finds

By Phil McKenna   04/03/23  
Emissions of a small group of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), man-made chemicals that destroy Earth’s protective ozone layer and fuel global warming, are back on the rise after their production was all but banned more than a…
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Louisiana’s top environmental regulator resigned; here’s what he says about the agency’s future

By Halle Parker   03/27/23  
After seven years at the helm, the head of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality announced his resignation last week as Gov. John Bel Edwards’ term nears its close.
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The Right Way to Build Climate Change Resilience

By Chip Kline and Simone Maloz   03/21/23  
Louisiana's comprehensive 50-year master plan for mitigating the impact of extreme weather on vulnerable coastal communities can provide guiding principles for every region.
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Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the First Meeting of the FSOC Climate-related Financial Risk Advisory Committee

03/07/23  
Today, Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen delivered opening remarks at the first meeting of the Climate-related Financial Risk Advisory Committee (CFRAC). The CFRAC, the first external advisory committee of the Financial Stability Oversight…
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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill ruined long-term shore stability

By Joshua Rapp Learn   03/05/23  
Long after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the marshy shores of the Gulf of Mexico were still feeling the effects of the disaster. Marsh grass retained plant-smothering oil, and the soil continued to crumble away…
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What exactly is the Louisiana sediment diversion project and how it can help Louisiana’s coastline

02/27/23  
The Louisiana sediment diversion project, also known as the Mississippi River Sediment Diversion, is a major effort to restore the disappearing wetlands along the Louisiana coast. The project involves redirecting sediment-laden water from the Mississippi…
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Photos: Deadly Tornadoes Pummel Louisiana

By Molly Taft   12/15/22  
Devastating storms ripped through the South as part of a huge front of bad weather moving through the U.S. this week.
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La. legal showdown may preview national battle over hydrogen

By David Laconangelo   11/16/22  
The developer of a $4.5 billion hydrogen project in Louisiana is in a legal battle with local lawmakers in a case that analysts say could preview conflicts around the country.
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Storm Impacts Continue to Show Inequitable Harms of Climate Change

By Nexus Media   09/22/22  
Multiple new reports continue to reveal how historically excluded groups were hurt by systemic inequities exacerbated by Hurricane Ida. Entergy, the utility that supplies electricity to much of southeastern Louisiana, raked in a record $1.4…
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In Louisiana, the first US climate refugees find a new safe haven

09/10/22  
Native Americans forced from their homes as the island they were built on gradually sinks into the Gulf of Mexico are now settling into new homes thanks to a federal resettlement grant...
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Rising seas could swallow millions of U.S. acres within decades

By Brady Dennis   09/08/22  
New research finds an estimated 25,000 properties in Louisiana could slip below tidal boundary lines by 2050. Florida, Texas and North Carolina also face profound economic risks.
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In a New Orleans ward ravaged by climate change, leaders nurture the next generation

By Dayana Sarkisova   08/04/22  
Arriving at Bayou Bienvenue, Arthur Johnson swings closed the door of his pickup truck and wipes the sweat across his brow. “Says it feels like 108 today,” he murmurs.
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How New Orleans neighborhoods are using nature to reduce flooding

By Leah Campbell   06/08/22  
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the neighborhood of Hoffman Triangle was overwhelmed by 6 feet of water. But it doesn’t take a hurricane to make this wedge in the center of the…
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Lake Charles starts program for 2020 hurricane home repairs

04/17/22  
Registration has started for a new program to help low- and moderate-income Lake Charles residents fix 2020 hurricane damage to their homes, and Mayor Nic Hunter says he expects it to fill up fast.
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