Louisiana Election for Governor - Comparison of Records on the Environment


Sierra Club Delta Chapter in Louisiana would like for members and friends to know what a comparison of records on the environment between the two candidates for governor looks like. So we have put together this brief description of recent performance.

David Vitter scored 0% on the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) National Environmental Scorecard for 2014. His lifetime score is 5%. In the LCV Senate Special Edition, Feb 2015, David Vitter voted wrong on every legislative issue including Requiring Tar Sands Companies to Pay for Spills, Regulation of Toxic Tar Sands Byproducts, Clean Air Protections for communities living downwind of coal fired power plants, Recognition of Climate Science, Drilling on Public Lands, Exemption of Fracking from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. http://www.lcv.org/assets/pdf/special-edition-scorecard.pdf

And on issues specific to Louisiana, a few examples:

Don’t Let Irresponsible Members of Congress Kill America’s Conservation Fund


November 9, 2015

Lafayette, New Orleans – The Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club today urged Louisiana’s Congressional delegation not to support legislation proposed by Representative Ron Bishop (R-Utah), the Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, aimed at undoing the 50 year old Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has delivered for America for 50 years,” said Haywood Martin, Chair of the Delta Chapter. “It has created thousands of parks and recreational areas for Americans to enjoy, and it works. The Fund has served the country well since its passage in 1964, and has run smoothly. The majority of its monies come from offshore oil production revenues rather than tax dollars, which would seem to guarantee its support from even the most anti-government member of Congress. But in today’s Congress, nothing works well.”

Martin pointed to over 700 state and local projects created in Louisiana with the Fund’s help since its passage in 1964, and major federal areas as well – twelve National Wildlife Refuges and two National Parks. “These federal lands benefit our state economically as well as environmentally. The National Wildlife Refuges provide key public areas for hunting and fishing, in addition to important wildlife habitat. Louisiana’s two National Parks have brought in hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of dollars of revenue.”

Sierra Club Statement on the President's Rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Today (Nov 6, 2015) President Obama said yes to clean energy and public health, and no to dirty oil and dangerous pollution. The Sierra Club is thankful that President Obama has chosen the clean energy promise of prosperity and innovation over the dirty fuels of the 19th century.

“By saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline, the president is demonstrating our nation's leadership on climate action in advance of the international climate negotiations in Paris this December, providing an important boost of momentum. He is also making good on his promise that the nation will leave dirty fossil fuels in the ground, replacing it with clean energy.

"Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a victory for the planet, for the health and well-being of the communities along the pipeline route, and for future generations to come. It also demonstrates the power of the millions of people who raised their voices in opposition to the pipeline, and of the growing movement to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. Now, instead of building a pipeline that cuts our country in two, we are free to invest in clean energy that creates jobs and brings our country together."

Coastal Issues Update Meeting with Bob Marshall

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Bob Marshall, well known environmental reporter from "The Lens" will be the guest speaker for a joint meeting of the the Tulane Green Club and the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club on November 8th.

Marshall last addressed the Sierra Club in late 2013 to speak chiefly about the coastal damages lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East. He returns to examine the ongoing palette of issues troubling our coastal region with a lens also upon what is going on in Baton Rouge. Marshall will speak on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. We look forward to his reporting expertise on these environmental concerns in Southeast Louisiana.

Takeover of Cleco Power is a BAD DEAL for Louisiana

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CLECO Power, the oldest of Louisiana’s major electric utility companies, is the target of a private equity takeover by foreign-owned investment groups who are buying up utility companies around the country. The takeover is being led by Australian based MACQUARIE Group Limited along with nearly two dozen other foreign investment groups and lenders. MACQUARIE and their partners want to buy all of CLECO’s stock using a Leveraged Buyout, where a substantial amount of new debt is taken on for the buyout, to be repaid by the company being acquired. When added to CLECO’s existing debt, customers would be on the hook for $2.8 billion of loan repayment, equal to nearly 90% of the total value of all of CLECO’s power plants. The acquiring company profits hugely from the acquisition and CLECO customers repay the debt. This is not a good deal for Louisiana ratepayers. This issue will be considered by the Louisiana Public Service Commission at a meeting in the next few months. We may need your help to contact the commissioners.

St. Tammany Parish Household Hazardous Waste Day - Oct 31, 2015


St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services
P. O. Box 628
Covington, LA 70434
Phone: (985) 898-2535 e-mail: es@stpgov.org

Household Hazardous Waste Day - 2015

Koop Drive (off Hwy 59)
Mandeville, La.
Government Complex Parking Lot
Saturday, October 31, 2015
9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Volunteers are needed to unload personal vehicles bringing household hazardous waste items to the St. Tammany Parish Collection Days, Saturdays, October 31 at Koop Drive, and November 14 in Slidell. Volunteers must be adults or a minimum of Jr. or Sr. High School age, and be able to stay from 8:00 a.m. through closing at 2:00 p.m. Volunteers must be able to lift materials from vehicles and carry them to holding areas.

Let's take full advantage of this great opportunity to work for a clean environment!

Please notify Diane Casteel at sierradiane999@gmail.com, 985-630-2434, no later than October 23, 2015, if you and/or your neighborhood or service club can volunteer.

Voices of St. Tammany Fall Speaker Series

Voices of Saint Tammany host guest speakers this fall on the subject of fracking impacts to communities. Bringing in a number of experts from several disciplines.

October 15, 2015: A Tale of Two Louisiana Shale Communities. Presenter: Dr. Anthony Ladd, Professor of Sociology, Loyola University, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Mandeville Spitzfadden Center, 3090 East Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA.

Woodlands Trail Threatened by Development


For the monthly guest organization/speaker series of talks hosted by the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club, The Woodlands Conservancy will show a video about their organization and discuss the current controversy of baseball field development on the Woodlands Trail grounds in Plaquemines Parish that threatens to destroy the trail, an important public natural area.

WHERE: Audubon Zoo Dominion Auditorium
DATE: Sunday, October 11, 2015
TIME: 6:30 PM refreshments
7 to 8 PM program

Meetup to Hear About Clean Air and Clean Power for Shreveport


Let's Take Shreveport Off of Coal Power

People in Northwest Louisiana are invited to a Meetup to hear about clean air
and clean power for Shreveport and what people are doing there for the
climate movement!

Organizer: 350Louisiana.org - Shreveport/Bossier

WHEN: Friday Oct 9th at 7:00 pm
WHERE: 846 Texas Ave, Shreveport, LA

Environmental Forum for Lafayette City-Parish Presidential Candidates

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Acadian Group of the Sierra Club will host an ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM for Candidates for Lafayette City-Parish President on Thursday, Oct 1st. You can go to this link for a list of questions which we have posed to the Candidates: http://acadiansierra.blogspot.com/2015/08/below-are-listed-acadian-group...

Time & Location: 6:30pm; Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Lafayette Public Library, 301 W. Congress Street in Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.

Optional RSVP for this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1893278054231019/

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