Environmental Justice

Biden calls for ‘decade of action’ on climate, apologizes for Trump exit from Paris Accord

BY: - November 1, 2021

President Joe Biden urged the international community on Monday to transition to clean energy, curb greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, and help developing nations adapt to a changing climate.  Speaking at a pivotal United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden said worsening wildfires and once-in-a-century storms hitting every few years show that there’s only […]

Housing shortage is 'single greatest concern' in Louisiana, governor says

Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit

BY: - November 1, 2021

Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]

Louisiana’s governor pursues biomass industry, drawing skepticism from environmentalists

BY: - October 30, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards is, in many ways, pushing to be Louisiana’s “green governor” — the leader who transforms this oil-and-gas state into a safe space for sustainable energy.  “Make no mistake: an industry-wide transition to cleaner, less environmentally impactful energy production and utilization is going to happen regardless of if Louisiana participates, so it’s […]

Louisiana governor discusses solar and wind at U.N. climate conference

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to attend climate change summit in Scotland

BY: - October 25, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with ten other Louisiana officials, will be traveling to Scotland for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference.   Along with the governor and security personnel, the following people will be part of the Louisiana delegation: Special Assistant to Edwards Donald Dunbar Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson Louisiana Department of […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

Louisiana governor replaces members of the Baton Rouge area groundwater commission

BY: - September 18, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed two new members to the 18-person board that regulates groundwater use in the Baton Rouge region, less than three months after rejecting legislation that would have allowed employees from companies who use the groundwater to continue to sit on the commission without penalty.  Alvin Broussard, the public works director and […]

Emissions data from LSU serves reality check to Climate Task Force

Four big climate items in the reconciliation bill in Congress

BY: - September 14, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Charges dropped against activists protesting Louisiana pipeline

BY: - July 13, 2021

Environmental groups celebrated Tuesday as they announced that District Attorney Bofill “Bo” Duhé, chief prosecutor in St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes, rejected all charges against 17 people who were charged with crimes in 2018 for violating a law making it a felony to be at or near pipelines or construction sites without permission. […]

COMMENTARY

Science catches up to what residents of Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ have been saying about pollution | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - July 2, 2021

If you’re ever inclined to describe how healthy you are, you’d do well to remember that the world is bigger than Louisiana and that you could simultaneously be better off than the average person here and worse than the average person in the U.S. Consider the debate about whether the communities along the Mississippi River […]

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat and Fred Upton, a Republican, was approved 33-20 late Wednesday. It would […]

RISE St. James founder Sharon Lavigne wins Goldman Environmental Prize

BY: - June 15, 2021

Sharon Lavigne, a retired special needs teacher in St. James Parish and the founder of the faith based environmental justice group RISE St. James has been named the 2021 North American winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting to keep multibillion dollar chemical plants out of her already polluted community in the heart of […]

This session made the 8th consecutive year the Louisiana Legislature heaped praise on Formosa Plastics

BY: - June 10, 2021

For nearly a decade, Louisiana lawmakers have passed annual resolutions encouraging closer economic ties with Taiwan. Dating back to 2014, these resolutions have mentioned Formosa Plastics, the company behind a controversial plan to build a giant plastics manufacturing complex in St. James Parish. This year, Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 by Sen. Barrow Peacock (R-Bossier City) […]

Attorneys general demand Army Corps review Formosa facility

Group of attorneys general demands review of Formosa facility in ‘Cancer Alley’

BY: - May 24, 2021

A group of attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday demanding a deeper analysis of the climate, wildlife and environmental justice impacts of Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex in St. James Parish. Formosa Plastics’ proposed petrochemical complex would include 10 chemical manufacturing plants and numerous support facilities. The […]