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03/11 - How Green is Louisiana?

How Green is Louisiana?

Vowing to push for more investment in clean and renewable energy, President Obama said in his State of the Union Address that “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” So, where is Louisiana in this technological journey? Are clean energy breakthroughs translating into clean energy jobs? What are state and local governments doing to move us toward a greener path? And how are Louisiana citizens “living green”? Explore “How Green is Louisiana?” on “Louisiana Public Square” airing March 30th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Backgrounder

Vowing to push for more investment in clean and renewable energy, President Obama said in his State of the Union Address that “This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.” So, where is Louisiana in this technological journey? Are clean energy breakthroughs translating into clean energy jobs? What are state and local governments doing to move us toward a greener path? And how are Louisiana citizens “living green.”

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DSIRE – La Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

EmPower Louisiana – Six state energy rebate programs

Louisiana Economic Development

Growing Green – La Workforce Commission Green Economy Survey

Louisiana Solar Energy Society – All things solar in Louisiana

U.S. Green Building Council – Information on LEED certification

Sierra Club - Louisiana’s Delta Chapter Information

Shreveport Green

Hybrid Comparison Chart

Louisiana Earth Day - Information on the April 17th event

Louisiana Clean Energy Expo – Info on the April 14th Clean Energy Expo

Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition

World Wildlife Federation Renewable Energy Report

This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

I watched today’s Public Square. And the practical questions raised about Louisiana environmental status were sidelined. Particularly the questions from guest “Paul” about cost effectiveness of environmental initiatives.

There was also a serious question about public transit from another audience member; “Why do we have to stand in the blazing sun to catch the bus”, “No one knows the bus schedules”. The response was redirected towards comments promoting panel member Curtis’ own government department initiatives concerning “clean buses”. But the question was no one wants to ride the buses because their operation is confusing; it doesn’t matter what fuel the buses use if no one wants to ride.


Going Green’s Christopher Schimdt said a website containing “green jobs” will be-up in the undetermined time of “the next few months.” Does our government still have deadlines or no? No boss will accept “some time in the next few months” so why is it an appropriate response for Louisiana.

I respect the panel but when a comment was made about “royalties from oil”; no one said anything! How is it that a panel that specializes energy does not know that Lousiana licenses oil rights and receives no “royalties.” Mary Landrieu stated on C-SPAN that royalties are “socialist.”

As a citizen of Louisiana my thoughts were only confirmed that the leaders of the state “green” movement not only don’t practice what they preach, but are also seem to sing the refrain of “the younger generation, the younger generation must change..need to be educated.” In other words other people need to change.

I was most upset when none of the panel had anything “green” about their personal lives. That does not demonstrate the “agent of change” I would look for when making a political appointment concerning sustainability. Maybe Louisiana can change when random political appointments aren’t made based on relationships but are only reserved for people who are models of a sustainable life and have shown they have a personal dedication and love for change. This is not what I saw when I watched Public Square.

“Paul” for governor!

Posted by Michael  on  04/03  at  06:13 PM

wanda was saying companies are gonna have to be willing to lower costs to support the green plan…that’s so true and yet just common sense. i don’t think (some) companies are willing to do that! my opinion..Big Plans are gonna have to be made to get this started within our country, then we would have to influence other countries to do the same. also i think this program is a miracle in the works!

Posted by robert procella  on  04/04  at  09:49 AM

Green? Where is the Gov. promoting solar and wind and even GPV [ esp. on the 24 mi. causeway] ?

Posted by RA COLEMAN  on  04/04  at  09:50 AM
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