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Renewable and Reality (2021)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-03-24

Duration: 00:56:43

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Energy | Renewable energy | Climate change | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Solar energy | Wind power | Environment


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Barnes, Stephen Host
  • Johnson, Ben Producer
  • Chambers, Terrence Interviewee
  • Graves, Garret Speaker
  • Vorhoff, Harry Panelist
  • Bowser, Gregory Panelist
  • Cantin, Jeff Panelist
  • Zappi, Mark Panelist
  • Moncla, Mike Interviewee
  • Lanclos, Jason Panelist
  • Burke, Logan Panelist
  • Dismukes, David Panelist
  • Verchick, Robert Panelist
  • Connor, Pierre Interviewee
  • Orgeron, Joseph Panelist
  • Broome, Camille Manning Panelist
  • Daniels, Flozell, Jr. Panelist
  • Gray, Tyler Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 24, 2021, features Dr. Stephen Barnes leading a discussion with panelists on Louisiana’s plan to use more renewable energy. The first segment focuses on the green energy shift in Louisiana. It includes an interview with Dr. Terrence Chambers, the director of the ULL Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Center, and comments by Congressman Garret Graves. The panelists are: Harry Vorhoff, the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities; Gregory Bowser, the president of the Louisiana Chemical Association; Jeff Cantin, president of the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association; and Dr. Mark Zappi, the executive director of the ULL Energy Institute of Louisiana. They discuss: the goals of the Governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force; the chemical industry’s move towards developing climate change policies and utilizing more renewable energy; the progress made in reducing carbon emissions; whether Louisiana can shift to producing more renewable energy; the growth in the solar energy sector; and the future of carbon capture. The second segment focuses on how Louisiana can meet state and federal mandates related to renewable energy and includes an interview with Mike Moncla of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. The panelists are: Jason Lanclos, the director of the state energy office for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources; Logan Burke, the executive director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy; Dr. David Dismukes, the executive director of the LSU Center for Energy Studies; and Robert Verchick, a law professor at Loyola University. They discuss: concrete ways to reduce carbon emissions; reducing energy waste at homes and businesses; the green energy standards in other states; transitioning to cleaner power; job impacts; the impact of President Joe Biden’s executive order suspending offshore oil and gas leases; and the economics of the transition to renewable energy. The third and final segment focuses on the next steps for Louisiana and includes an interview with Pierre Connor, the director of the Tulane Energy Institute. The panelists are: State Representative Joseph Orgeron, the co-founder of Second Wind Marine; Camille Manning Broome, the president and CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence; Flozell Daniels, Jr., the president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana; and Tyler Gray, the president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. They discuss: whether the oil and gas industries and the renewable energy industry can co-exist; the impact of climate change on community planning; reducing climate risks; the obstacles to using more renewable energy in communities; the shift to electric car production; the timeline for implementing offshore wind energy; and the future of Louisiana. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Dr. Stephen Barnes