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The Economy and the Environment; LPB Looks at What is Realistic for Louisiana

President Joe Biden has aggressive plans to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one by 2035.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 10:59 AM

Baton Rouge, LA - President Joe Biden has aggressive plans to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one by 2035. Governor John Bel Edwards is encouraging members of the state’s new Climate Initiatives Task Force to explore wind power in the Gulf. While oil and gas consumption has declined recently, domestic oil production still remains essential to the economy of Louisiana.

How realistic are plans to rapidly move towards a nationwide reliance on wind and solar energy? How is Louisiana’s energy industry already addressing climate change? And what will a pause in offshore leases and other federal measures mean for jobs and the economy in Louisiana? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Renewable and Reality” Wednesday, March 24 at 7pm on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. There’s an encore on LPB Sunday, March 28 at 11am.

Our panelists will be:

Segment One: The Green Energy Shift

Gregory Bowser, Louisiana Chemical Association
Jeff Cantin, Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association
Harry Vorhoff, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities
Mark Zappi, PhD, ULL Energy Institute of Louisiana

Segment Two: Renewables & Reality

Logan Burke, Alliance for Affordable Energy
David Dismukes, PhD, LSU Center for Energy Studies
Jason Lanclos, State Energy Office, LA Department of Natural Resources
Robert Verchick, Loyola University College of Law

Segment Three: Next Steps

Camille Manning-Broome, Center for Planning Excellence
Flozell Daniels, Jr., Foundation for Louisiana
Rep. Joseph Orgeron, R-Larose
Tyler Gray, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association

The episode features interviews with Pierre Connor, Executive Director of the Tulane Energy Institute; Mike Moncla, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association; and Dr. Terrence Chambers, Director of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Center at ULL.

Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Stephen Barnes, Director at ULL’s Blanco Policy Center, will host. Visit www.lpb.org/publicsquare for more information.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedules.

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