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‘Hunker down’ is not enough: 2021 hurricane season showed US isn’t prepared

BY: - December 8, 2021

Marina Lazetic, Tufts University and Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University for The Conversation Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2021, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. This time the levees held. Billions of dollars invested in reinforcing them had paid off – at least for part of the population. […]

Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans — including women — for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 6, 2021

 Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday encouraged President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers.  In a hearing less than a week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Biden opens oil reserve to relieve high gas prices—but it won’t be immediate

BY: - November 23, 2021

 As gasoline prices spiral ahead of the big holiday travel season, President Joe Biden authorized the release of a record 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Tuesday—complicating his administration’s goal to transition to cleaner energy sources.    In prepared remarks, Biden said he coordinated the release from the reserve, a complex of […]

Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura

New housing programs created for struggling Lake Charles residents

BY: - November 22, 2021

With promised federal assistance slow to come,  $11.3 million in funding has been cobbled together from different state and federal sources to help Lake Charles residents whose homes were damaged from hurricanes and floods.  The funding was announced Monday in a joint press conference with Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. […]

Entergy customers could see $11 per month spike for 15 years due to Louisiana storms

Entergy customers could see $11 per month spike for 15 years due to Louisiana storms

BY: - November 17, 2021

Entergy Louisiana executives revealed Wednesday that customers could see a storm recovery charge of about $11 on their monthly bills for 15 years to help offset costs due to the unprecedented number of storms in Louisiana over the last two years. The figure is a preliminary estimate that still needs to go through an assessment […]

Senators urge increased production of fossil fuels in reaction to spiraling energy costs

BY: - November 17, 2021

Days after global leaders agreed for the first time to decrease coal usage and subsidies for fossil fuels, U.S. senators battled over rising gasoline prices and urged action on the high cost of energy—including by increasing production of coal, oil and gas.  The Tuesday hearing, led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin […]

Louisiana energy officials threaten to withdraw from interstate power grid

Louisiana energy officials shelve proposal to withdraw from power grid

BY: - November 16, 2021

Efforts by some state officials to withdraw Louisiana from the interstate power grid that brought competition to a market once dominated by Entergy have stalled. A day before it was to hold a vote on the matter, the Louisiana Public Service Commission postponed a proposal to issue a one-year notice of withdrawal from the MISO […]

Louisiana energy officials threaten to withdraw from interstate power grid

Louisiana energy officials threaten to withdraw from interstate power grid

BY: - November 16, 2021

Note: On Tuesday, the Public Service Commission announced that the motion regarding a notice to withdraw from the MISO power grid would be deferred until the commission’s next regular meeting on Dec. 14. The Louisiana Public Service Commission may take a step toward withdrawing from the interstate power grid that has, for the last decade, […]

Insurance commissioner doubles down as State Farm refuses evacuation expenses

Climate funds in infrastructure bill aimed at drought, wildfires, floods, Interior says

BY: - November 11, 2021

 The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill isn’t just about roads and bridges—it also spends billions to address wildfire, drought, flooding and other effects from climate change, Interior Department officials said Wednesday. The $1.2 trillion measure, which is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature after the House cleared it last week, includes pay raises for wildland firefighters, […]

Louisiana politicians call $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill ‘a big win’ for the state

BY: and - November 10, 2021

In Louisiana, reportedly about 400,000 to 500,000 households don’t have broadband access, but the state official in charge of broadband development said he believes that’s a lowball estimate. With Louisiana expected to receive $7.2 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the funding is welcomed by Rick Allen, the mayor of Leesville in Vernon […]

White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill

BY: and - November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON—Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They framed the […]