Environment

An electric Porsche Taycan charges at a station in Hammond, Louisiana

With fuel tax in jeopardy, audit finds electric vehicle fees inadequate

BY: - October 20, 2022

Louisiana stands to lose over $320 million in fuel tax revenues over the next 10 years unless state lawmakers do more to keep up with America’s transition to electric vehicles.  The message came from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office, which submitted a report to the legislature Wednesday that highlighted how the state’s motor fuel tax […]

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In attempt to curb gas prices, Biden will release oil from emergency reserve

BY: - October 18, 2022

President Joe Biden will authorize the release of 15 million barrels of oil from the nation’s reserves on Wednesday, part of an effort to lower gas prices as polling shows concerns over inflation are likely to hurt Democrats in congressional elections next month. The release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a four-site complex of deep […]

Louisiana project highlights unknowns of carbon capture

BY: - October 15, 2022

This story is published in partnership with Floodlight, Louisiana Illuminator, The Guardian, KALB-TV and The Lens.  A carbon capture project proposed for a central Louisiana power plant has been dubbed “Project Diamond Vault” by its owner, Louisiana utility Cleco. The utility says the project will have “precious value” to the company, customers and state. Yet less than […]

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Louisiana carbon capture project draws criticism from environmental advocates

BY: - October 13, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a decarbonization project Wednesday that he believes could be a prototype for industrial-scale carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), but some renewable energy advocates are skeptical of the project. The project is a collaboration between three companies to capture emissions from CF Industries’ manufacturing complex in Ascension Parish. It would transport […]

Gas pollution rises from the Valero Oil refinery in Meraux

Industrial tax break reforms strengthened Louisiana business climate, study finds

BY: - October 13, 2022

A new analysis found that reforms to Louisiana’s popular industrial tax subsidy appear to have strengthened the state’s business climate. Advocates of the changes made six years ago say the results should allay fears that curtailing the incentive would kill jobs or drive investment out of town.    The study, released Tuesday, focused on the state’s […]

Sinking homes, damaged roads: How a New Orleans community struggles against subsidence

BY: - October 12, 2022

This story was reported through a partnership that includes the Louisiana Illuminator, Floodlight, The Lens, WWNO-FM and The Guardian.  NEW ORLEANS – In the early 1990s, James Wright lost his family home in the 9th Ward neighborhood when a new school was built on his block. “They basically took our houses because they gave us […]

Transmission towers carry electricity in LaPlace

Report says many utilities are slow-walking clean energy goals

BY: - October 9, 2022

DENVER – A report by the Sierra Club faults dozens of utilities that provide a major chunk of U.S. electric generation for failing to speed up their decarbonization efforts.  “For the sake of our communities and planet, we must do everything in our power to create a clean, renewable electric grid by 2030,” the Sierra’s […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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)