Environment

Sharon Hewitt

Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt has history of passing bills to benefit oil and gas, her husband

BY: - May 6, 2022

Public records shared with Floodlight in partnership with The Lens, The Illuminator and The Guardian, show state Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell also pushed for laws that would benefit her husband’s company.  

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Louisiana lawmakers propose study for wind energy pilot project in Gulf

BY: - May 3, 2022

Studies show Gulf of Mexico wind power is one of the largest untapped energy resources in the nation. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory found Gulf winds can provide double the energy currently being used in all five Gulf states. 

A row of solar panels

Solar tax credit bill burns out in House committee

BY: - April 26, 2022

A bill proposing a tax credit for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems in Louisiana failed to advance Tuesday from the House Ways and Means Committee. Republican legislators voted against the measure, 7-3.  House Bill 794, sponsored by Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, would have offered a 50% rebate up to $25,000 for […]

Hurricane Ida damage in Terrebonne Parish

Survey shows Louisiana residents worry about losses from hurricane damage

BY: - April 19, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Insurance shows people closest to the coast pay from $1,800 to $12,000 for baseline coverage for homeowner’s insurance annually compared to the national average of $1,300.

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Florida lawmakers push to convene for special session over property insurance woes

BY: - April 11, 2022

Monday, Senate Democratic leader Lauren Book wrote a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying that: “Florida is nearing a tipping point, and our neighbors are in danger of losing their viability..."

water filling a glass

Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of children

BY: and - April 11, 2022

Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin commonly used in water pipes, paint, gasoline and household products until the late 20th century, decades after scientists began sounding the alarm about its danger. 

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Louisiana lawmakers block attempt to pull tax breaks from solar, wind projects

BY: - April 6, 2022

Fossil fuel proponents in the Louisiana House of Representatives were met with resistance Tuesday in a committee where they brought three different bills, one of which would have targeted solar and wind energy projects to make them ineligible for state tax breaks.  House Concurrent Resolution 6, sponsored by Rep. Danny McCormick, R-Oil City, would have […]

Entergy proposes its customers cover cost of backup generators for businesses

Entergy proposes its customers cover cost of backup generators for businesses

BY: - April 6, 2022

Entergy has proposed a new project to give backup generators to grocery stores and other commercial customers across the state to form micro-grids that can be used during outages and peak demand times, but the utility company wants the rest of its customers to pay for them.  Entergy would also be able to run the […]

Louisiana enacts new orphan oil well law to fetch $200 million in federal money

Senate passes bill to position Louisiana for $200 million in orphaned oil well grants

BY: - April 4, 2022

The Louisiana Senate approved a bill Monday that would position Louisiana to receive nearly $200 million in federal grants to fix orphaned oil and gas wells. Senate Bill 245, sponsored by Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, passed unanimously in a 38-0 vote without any debate on the floor. It will head to the House for consideration. […]

Louisville, Colorado wildfire

Climate misinformation still reigns in GOP Senate primary amid Colorado drought, fires

BY: - March 30, 2022

The 2022 campaign season has brought little sign of a change in Colorado Republicans’ long-running pattern of denying or downplaying human-caused climate change.

ground view of wind turbine

Wind energy expansion advances from Louisiana House

BY: - March 30, 2022

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 such investments.

Louisiana lawmakers advance proposal to attract coastal wind energy projects

Louisiana lawmakers advance proposal to attract coastal wind energy projects

BY: - March 23, 2022

A proposal to expand the size of wind energy projects off the Louisiana coast advanced Wednesday in the Legislature. Proponents say it will make the state more attractive to developers and investors in the renewable energies market.  House Bill 165, sponsored by Rep. Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma, was approved without objection in the House Committee on […]