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Win or Lose: Louisiana and the High Cost of Energy (2006)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-01-18

Duration: 00:57:42

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Energy | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Environment


  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Blumberg, Kent M. Interviewee
  • Toney, Keith Interviewee
  • Dismukes, David Interviewee
  • Copesky, Jeff Interviewee
  • Daniel, William Interviewee
  • Baumann, Robert Interviewee
  • Mathis, John Speaker
  • Parsons, Bob Speaker
  • Pearson, Debra Speaker
  • Clark, Robin Speaker
  • Wells, Chris Speaker
  • Joseph, Charles Speaker
  • Brooks, Kevin Speaker
  • Rogers, Barbara Speaker
  • Farris, William Speaker
  • Fontenot, Mervin Speaker
  • Stevens, Dayna Speaker
  • Romero, Craig Panelist
  • Scott, Loren Panelist
  • Templet, Paul Panelist
  • Porter, Jim Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 18, 2006, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the impact of the oil industry and gas industry on the state’s economy. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Kent M. Blumberg, the senior vice president of the Tembec Pulp and Paper Group in St. Francisville; Keith Toney, the union leader for Tembec; Dr. David Dismukes, the associate director of the LSU Center for Energy Studies; Jeff Copesky of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association; State Representative William Daniel; and Robert Baumann of the LSU Center for Energy Studies. The audience members then discuss: whether the state should be attracting more oil and gas companies; the need to diversify Louisiana’s economy; people leaving the state for better opportunities; and national energy policy. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: State Senator Craig Romero; Dr. Loren Scott, economist; Dr. Paul Templet, a professor of environmental studies at LSU and the former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); and Jim Porter, the president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and the former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They discuss: oil and natural gas prices; alternative energy; the possible impact of an oil processing tax; and environmental concerns.