New Study Demonstrates Severity of Moratorium Impact

Author estimates economic after-effects could be worse than that of the oil spill

On Monday in New Orleans, Dr. Joseph Mason of Louisiana State University presented a sobering assessment of the economic impact of a six-month drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. His report, commissioned by the American Energy Alliance (AEA), forecasts that over the coming year the moratorium would result in Gulf states losing 8,000 jobs, $500 million worth of wages, and economic activity would contract by $2.1 billion.

Feinberg Encounters Packed Town Halls with Frustration to Spare

On July 15th, Kenneth Feinberg used three Louisiana town hall gatherings – in Houma, Port Sulphur, and Lafitte – to explain how the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) will work. Animated and lively, with a little Bostonian humor, Feinberg held the attention of each overflowing crowd for approximately 30 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions from the audience.

Commentary: Oil Spill Cleanup Requires Obama to Cut Red Tape and Ignore Special Interests

The federal government’s much-maligned response towards the Gulf oil crisis has been correctly attributed to red-tape and bureaucracy. But we should not overlook the recent evidence indicating that President Obama’s political posturing and constituent-pleasing are making matters worse. The concern is that President Obama has been complying with the wishes of two large factions of his constituency, the environmentalists and labor unions, in formulating his response, rather than listening to experts, empirical data, and common sense. As a result, invaluable and irreplaceable time and resources have been sacrificed.

Dazed and Confused: How the Drilling Moratorium Exacerbates Louisiana’s Economic Challenges

Louisianians have a special appreciation for Ronald Reagan’s statement that “the ten most dangerous words in the English language are ‘Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” And as the damage from the catastrophic BP oil spill continues to wreak economic and environmental havoc on our state, it seems that Washington is…

Commentary: Innovative Hurricane Prevention Measures Merit Consideration

As described in the Times-Picayune, a delegation of Dutch and American architects and urban planners convened to explore potential (and radical) new methods to incorporate water into New Orleans’ rebuilding and future hurricane prevention techniques. According to David Waggonner III of Waggonner and Ball Architects, “the trick is … to find ways of reintroducing soils…