Currently in Melbourne - November 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunny with a maximum temperatures of 23 C for Friday, November 18th. 

For the rest of Friday, we see sunny skies due to an area of high pressure sitting over eastern Australia. There will be a chance of fog about the nearby hills early this morning. Conditions will change on Saturday as a cold front moves into Victoria. There's a very high chance of showers most likely in the afternoon and evening and also the chance for a severe thunderstorm. Winds will increase to 25 to 40 km/h in the morning and then to 50 km/h in the afternoon and evening.

On Sunday, we continue with showers and a chance of thunderstorms.

— Megan Montero filling in for Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

The less-publicized runoff election for a seat on Louisiana’s Public Service Commission has massive climate implications; the state is one of the nation’s top oil and gas producers.

Davante Lewis, an activist from Baton Rouge, seeks to unseat fellow Democrat Lambert Boissiere III, who comes from a prominent political family in New Orleans. Both men want to shift away from fossil fuels, and toward renewables, in an effort to meet climate goals and protect Louisiana’s vulnerable electric grid. However, Lewis is pushing for the state to adopt a renewable portfolio standard that requires utilities to reach net-zero emissions by 2035.

The Public Service Commission is a five-member body that is responsible for regulating electric utilities. Recently, it has been embroiled with controversy, as customers’ electrical bills continue to skyrocket.

Lewis’ campaign states that only two of the five members favor clean energy over fossil fuels, but if he wins the election, he promises a pro-climate majority.

Lewis has also criticized Boissiere for accepting donations from industries that he’s made to regulate, including the utility Entergy and its executives, many of which have ties to companies regulated by the PSC.

The runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 10.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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