The Zero Candidate - a letter to newsmedia

Bill Cassidy - The Zero Candidate

The League of Conservation Voters has crafted an Environmental Scorecard for Congress for several decades now. The Scorecard grades voting records for Senators and Representatives in each Session of Congress, as well as lifetime score for each member.

It’s not surprising that Louisiana’s delegation has generally scored poorly, given the political influence of the petrochemical industry in our state. But the scores in the last few years have plummeted for Republican members of the state delegation, reflecting a highly conservative ideology combining hatred of government, disdain for science, and the power of campaign contributions with a lack of regard for America’s natural heritage.

John Bel Edwards at the New Orleans Group Meeting

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The New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club hosts Gubernatorial Candidate John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards is a State Representative (D-Amite) from the Tangipahoa Parish area of the North Shore region, and is running for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. At the New Orleans Group monthly meeting, Sunday, September 14th, John Bel will address the SLFPA-East Levee Authority lawsuit and the related legislation from the 2014 legislative session, as well as the fracking ingredient disclosure legislation he passed several years ago. He will also entertain questions at the end of his talk.

Sunday September 14th
6:30 Refreshments

7pm talk

The Sierra Club meets in the Dominion Auditorium at the Audubon Zoo located at 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118.

For more information, visit the Sierra Club Delta Chapter event on Facebook. The program is free and open to everyone.

American Energy, Imperiled Coast - Acadian Group Lecture Series

American Energy Imperiled Coast

American Energy, Imperiled Coast

Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands

Explores the tension between Oil & Gas development and the land loss crisis in coastal Louisiana

 

A Presentation, Discussion and Book Signing with Jason Theriot

 

Why Louisiana should support the USEPA Clean Power Plan

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Why do we need the USEPA Clean Power Plan

The link between elevated levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere and rising temperatures is well established (IPCC 2007). Forty percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and one-third of greenhouse gases overall, come from electric power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The country needs a plan to reduce carbon emissions from electric power generation.

Why Louisiana should support the USEPA Clean Power Plan

Frackers Withdraw from the Tangipahoa River

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The Delta Chapter Sierra Club has worked for years to protect Louisiana's Scenic Rivers. Our work has paid off on the Tangipahoa River. On 8-29-2014, Goodrich Petroleum voluntarily withdrew its Application for a Scenic River Permit to "extract" twenty five million (25,000,000) gallons of "outstanding natural resource" water from the tiny river for use as fracking fluid. 

Fracking Threatens Scenic Rivers in the Florida Parishes

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Oil and gas development companies are proposing to drill wells and conduct fracking operations in the Tuscalusa Shale in East Feliciana, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes in eastern Louisiana. One of the major impacts of the proposed fracking for natural gas and oil will be the huge volumes of water required. Each fracking operation can have three, five or up to ten or twelve wells and can use anywhere from 3 to 8 million gallons of fresh water. The water for each well may be mixed with 60 to 160 tons of chemicals used to facilitate the fracking process.

Legislative Update June 30, 2014

Sierra Club Delta Chapter has been actively engaged with the 2014 legislative session in alliance with the Green Army and participant allied groups. We keep this page updated with the status of key pieces of legislation and governor's actions. The bills we are most closely watching and our positions on those bills are as follows:

Support St. Martin Parish Council resolution against Re-Zoning to Industrial in the Atchafalaya Basin

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We have this important request from our allies at Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. 

F.A.S. Environmental, Inc. is trying to re-zone parts of the Atchafalaya Basin from Residential/Forestry to Heavy Industrial. This part of the Atchafalaya Basin, the Belle River area, has the most pristine and productive swamps that remain in the Basin, and it has the highest concentration of southern bald eagles in the world.  Do we want our precious Basin to become the waste pit of North America?  What benefit would that be to our kids and grandkids? Once gone, it’s gone forever. 

The New Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules - Letter to the Editor

June 3, 2014

The proposed reductions in carbon emissions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have drawn predictable responses from lobbyists and some politicians. But rhetoric won't help Louisiana - we have to face facts. Our state is the one most at risk from sea-level rise. Our coastal problem is exacerbated by a combination of local sinking of the land and global rise in sea-levels. A substantial body of scientific research shows that current sea-level rise is being fueled by the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and that human activities are the chief reason for this increase.

National Hiking Day 2014 - Press Release

June 3, 2014

National Hiking Day 2014: A Time to Celebrate the Outdoors – And the Need for Conservation Funding

Lafayette – The Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club marked the occasion of National Hiking Day – June 7, 2014 – with a reminder of the importance of Louisiana’s great outdoors and the critical need to maintain public funding for conservation.

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