Breaking News: The Supreme Court dismantles of half a century of health, environmental, and climate justice advocacy.
Repost from Green New Deal Network
Company blames rising natural gas costs, damage from storms
Ban on carbon capture & sequestration (CCS) facilities & pipelines passed by full New Orleans City Council
New Orleans City Council Climate Committee votes to ban carbon capture & sequestration facilities and pipelines
Why is The Alliance concerned about CCS?
The coal, oil, and gas industry touts CCS as a “solution” to climate change. But CCS projects have consistently overpromised and underperformed, when they have not failed completely. CCS benefits the petrochemical and pipeline companies by enabling these industries to keep expanding profits while supposedly offsetting their emissions. What's worse? CCS poses significant environmental, health and safety risks to our communities and will have disproportionate affects on Black and Native communities. A report from May 2021 by the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council concluded that carbon capture storage projects will not benefit communities.
We don't want this expensive, unproven technology in our city. Tell your Councilmember to vote "yes" on Resolution 22-219!
A new model for hurricane response? Nonprofit eyes churches, community centers as recovery hubs by Matt Sledge
But supporters also hope to cut electricity bills throughout the year and to transform community groups like churches into disaster responders.
Originally published by Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Inaction on an energy plan for Louisiana limits opportunities to fund projects that can save lives during power outages by innovating the electric grid, as well as support the transition to an equitable renewable energy economy.
By Tim McLaughlin
Originally Published on Reuters
May 12, 2022
Louisiana legislator pushes bills benefiting the oil and gas industry — and her husband by Sara Sneath
Article by Sara Sneath for Floodlight
Originally produced in partnership with Floodlight, the Louisiana Illuminator and The Guardian
Repost from The Lens
May 6, 2022
That wasn’t the first time Hewitt, who is considering running for governor, has used her political influence to help her family’s finances, according to public records shared with Floodlight in partnership with The Lens, The Illuminator and The Guardian, that show she also pushed for laws that would benefit her husband’s company.
Resolution calls for a power-generating wind farm by 2026.
Originally published by The Sierra Club Delta Chapter (Louisiana)
Solar + storage bill at the Louisiana Legislature will help create resilience hubs & allow people to stay safe in their homes during outages
The Aimee Freeman Solar+ Storage Bill (HB 806) will introduce a program to fund solar with battery storage at the Louisiana Legislature so that people can stay safe in their homes during outages and so that resilience hubs can build these systems to help with rapid response.
EPA investigates Louisiana environmental, health agencies for racial discrimination in issuing air pollution permits by Mark Schleifstein
They come five months after EPA Administrator Michael Regan promised a crackdown on permitting decisions along Louisiana’s chemical corridor. Environmental Groups have long called that area “Cancer Alley,” due to federal studies that show higher concentrations of airborne pollutants and more instances of cancer in that region than elsewhere in the state.
Originally published by Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
As climate report warns of fossil fuel industry growth, Louisiana has several projects on the way by Halle Parker
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to report overwhelming evidence that fossil-fueled global warming is increasing at faster rates than earlier predicted. Without quickly phasing out fossil fuels, the United States will fall far from its 2030 emission goals and drag the world deeper into a state of climate emergency.
But the Biden Administration has yet to use his full authority under existing law to stop approving new fossil fuel leases, exports and infrastructure and declare a climate emergency to rapidly build out renewables and protect vulnerable communities Troublingly, Biden and the United Nations also continue to sell communities false “solutions” like Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS – a dangerous delay tactic championed by the fossil fuel industry and other polluters to continue business-as-usual while taking resources away from the needed transition to clean, cheaper renewable energy.
Project would give backup power to select corporate customers
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.
“As currently proposed, I do not find the costs and benefits of the program are being allocated in a manner that is just and reasonable to non-host customers,” PSC regulatory expert Lane Sisung said in his recommendation to commissioners not to certify the program.
“To think that some of the largest most powerful companies in the state would be benefiting from something when the residents and everyone else are already paying exorbitant rates is just absurd to me,” AAE Executive Director Logan Burke said.