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Dollars Per Barrel: Oil Prices & Louisiana (2015)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-02-25

Duration: 00:58:05

Subjects: GAS INDUSTRY | Filmed panel discussions | Economy | STATE BUDGET | Energy | OIL INDUSTRY


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Redman, Carl Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Scott, Loren Interviewee
  • Borne, Dan Interviewee
  • Spires, Steve Interviewee
  • Geymann, Brett Interviewee
  • Castille, Preston Speaker
  • Andrews, Donald Speaker
  • Bearden, Roby Speaker
  • Peavy, Earl W. Speaker
  • Petras, Brad Speaker
  • Chandler, Jacob Speaker
  • Lauren, Darce Speaker
  • Vannoy, Cliff Speaker
  • Davis, Bertell Speaker
  • McLartey, Stoney Speaker
  • Chandler, Sheila Speaker
  • McLartey, Jamie Speaker
  • Reed, Linda Speaker
  • Albrecht, Greg Panelist
  • Chabert, Norby Panelist
  • Moller, Jan Panelist
  • Dismukes, David Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 25, 2015, features Carl Redman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the impact of the decrease in oil prices on Louisiana’s economy and state budget. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Dr. Loren Scott, economist; Dan Borne, the president of the Louisiana Chemical Association; Steve Spires of the Louisiana Budget Project; and State Representative Brent Geymann. The audience members then discuss the economic impact of the drop in oil prices. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Greg Albrecht, the chief economist with the Legislative Fiscal Office; State Senator Norby Chabert; Jan Moller, the director of the Louisiana Budget Project; and David Dismukes, the executive editor of the LSU Center for Energy Studies. They discuss: the impact of the drop in oil prices on Louisiana; the future of fracking; diversifying Louisiana’s economy; the possibility of bringing back the Stelly plan; the state’s structural budget shortfall; the possible increase in the gas tax; the changes in the oil industry around the world; the possibility of rolling back some tax incentives to fill the budget shortfall; and the impact of the cuts in health care and higher education. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Carl Redman