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An American Town Hall: New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana / September 10, 2014

In advance of the 2014 midterm elections, The Atlantic travelled around the country to examine the political, economic, scientific, and social imperatives for crafting future energy policy.

What do your elected officials and state leaders believe is in our country's energy future—and what's in store for Louisiana? How will their choices affect the Gulf region's importance as an importer and exporter of oil around the globe—and the United States' position in the international community? And how will the region balance economic development with environmental impacts of robust oil industry? The Atlantic posed these questions and more to state leaders ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

The Riverview Room
600 Decatur Street, 4th Level
New Orleans, LA


*times listed are in Eastern Time

9:30 am Guest Arrival and Registration

10:00 am Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE; Vice President, The Atlantic

10:05 am Introductory Remarks

  • Louis Finkel, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, American Petroleum Institute

10:10 am Headline Interview

  • The Honorable Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor, State of Louisiana
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

10:40 am Panel Discussion: Offshore and On Land: Energy and Policy in the Gulf Region

  • The Honorable Chris John, Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association; Former U.S. Congressman
  • Eric Smith, Associate Director, Tulane Energy Institute at the A.B. Freeman School of Business
  • Dr. Robert Thomas, Director, Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University
  • Moderated by: Jennifer Larino, Business Reporter, Times-Picayune

11:25 am Headline Interview

  • The Honorable Walt Leger III, Speaker Pro Tempore, Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

11:55 am Headline Interview

  • The Honorable Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

12:25 am Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith



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