Environment

a view of a wind turbine in front of the sun

For offshore wind aspirations to become reality, transmission hurdles must be cleared

BY: - October 4, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration laid out ambitious additional goals last month to boost offshore wind power generation, one of the American renewable energy industry’s emerging wide open frontiers. The federal announcements come as coastal states across the country are increasingly setting offshore wind energy targets, seeking to capture not just clean energy but the potentially […]

A new justice at the U.S. Supreme Court, and an Idaho wetlands case up first

BY: - September 30, 2022

 When the U.S. Supreme Court opens its fall term on Monday, a few things will be different. A Black woman, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, will hear oral arguments for the first time ever. And the public will be allowed into the room for the first time since early 2020. The content of the term’s first […]

LSU Clock Tower

Louisiana Higher Ed: Crime up at LSU, tenure task force update

BY: - September 30, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected] Crime on the rise at LSU New data released in LSU’s 2022 annual security and fire safety report indicated that reports of crime on […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators from both parties said Wednesday they hope to negotiate an energy permitting reform bill yet this year, reviving efforts to streamline the process after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III had to pull back his plan amid broad opposition.  The Manchin proposal was attached to a must-pass government funding bill […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 27, 2022

The U.S. Senate pulled Sen. Joe Manchin's energy proposal from a stopgap bipartisan spending bill its members approved Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (File: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Sen. Joe Manchin walking through Senate chambers

Jeff Landry gets Republican AGs to oppose Manchin’s energy permit reforms

BY: - September 27, 2022

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is leading a group of 18 Republican attorneys general in opposition to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed Energy Independence and Security Act — a bill that would reform the federal permitting process for major energy infrastructure projects. Manchin, D-West Virginia, released the text of his legislation last week following weeks […]

Aerial view of I-10 Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge traffic study shows locals create interstate congestion

BY: - September 26, 2022

The results from a traffic pattern analysis released Monday for the Greater Baton Rouge Mississippi River Bridge South project surprised some experts and officials. Its findings indicate local drivers account for the vast majority of the 126,000 vehicles who cross the Interstate 10 bridge. The Capital Area Road and Bridge District Commission met Monday to […]

Don Beshel on the balcony of his marina near Point á la Hache

Louisianans have sought to tame the Mississippi River for decades. Now they may set it free.

BY: - September 26, 2022

POINT À LA HACHE – Don Beshel walks out of his office and looks out on his marina. Where once were dozens of boats now sit only a few. The levee has more boats washed up from flooding than line his docks. The air here used to have salty undertones. Now fresh water from the […]

COMMENTARY
Florida’s Green Swamp

Supreme Court will revisit a wetlands question it has struggled with in the past

BY: - September 26, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new session on Oct. 3, 2022, with a high-profile case that could fundamentally alter the federal government’s ability to address water pollution. Sackett v. EPA turns on a question that courts and regulators have struggled to answer for several decades: Which wetlands and bodies of water can the federal […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Eco-sensors, cybersecurity and an apology

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  FUTURE is here  Louisiana Tech, LSU Shreveport and four partner universities have received a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation to create […]

Candidates who took part in the Alliance for Affordable Energy's forum for the Louisiana Public Service Commission Race were (clockwise, from upper right) incumbent Lambert Boissiere III, Willie Jones, the Rev. Gregory Manning and Davonte Jones.

Soaring Entergy bills, storm recovery costs dominate PSC District 3 candidate forum

BY: - September 22, 2022

LUTCHER – The River Parishes lie within District 3 of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, and it was here that Hurricane Ida inflicted some of its worst damage last year. Entergy customers in the district now face monthly bills that have doubled in the interim, a combination of pass-along utility storm repair costs and higher […]

Voters lined up at a polling precinct

Groups shift to registering, turning out young voters through issues like climate crisis

BY: - September 22, 2022

While polls show economic issues and particularly inflation are top of mind for likely voters, some groups are hopeful that political messaging focused on climate issues will help drive first-time voters — especially young ones – to the polls. On Tuesday, as part of National Voter Registration Day, the Nevada Conservation League and Chispa held […]