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Bob Thomas leads talks on environmental issues

August 22, 2008

Bob Thomas with Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communications in the college of social sciences presented talks at two town hall meetings on energy hosted by U.S. Senator David Vitter.

The meetings, held in Gretna and Slidell, focused on the need for expansion of oil drilling and exploration of alternative energy sources such as clean coal, nuclear energy, ethanol, biofuels, solar and hydrogen power.

According to Thomas, oil and gas supplies as we have enjoyed them have a 40-80 year lifespan. It is imperative that we develop sustainable sources of energy that are easily accessible and affordable.

“State and federal governments need to aggressively court emerging green industries. The stronger the green infrastructure, the more affordable green technologies will become,” Thomas said.

You can learn more about the town hall meetings with Vitter and Thomas by clicking here.

Thomas also recently moderated a webinar on carbon strategies titled, “Toward Competitive Success in a Carbon Regulated Marketplace; Perspectives for Louisiana Industry,” on Wednesday, August 11. The webinar was sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communication.

The webinar featured experts from PACE Global of Fairfax, Va., a company enables industry decision makers to understand energy markets and formulate strategies and actions that deliver results.

The goal of the webinar was to inform Louisiana industry leaders about the need to prepare for anticipated regulation of carbon and other greenhouse gases by congress.

Representatives from 104 companies, mostly from Louisiana industry, participated in the 90-minute program.

According to Thomas, “Carbon is a by-product of most industries. It is one of the major greenhouse gases that are driving climate change and wise businesses are preparing their operations so that inevitable regulations will not impair their job performance. Our first recommendation is reduction of carbon, followed by strategies that keep the compounds within the regulatory limits.”

The webinar addressed possible concerns and questions that these regulations will create, such as the future of climate legislation and its effect on businesses; how other “carbon active” regions and states are reacting to regulation; and what large industrial energy users should start doing right away.

“The more responsive industry is in reducing such chemical output, the better positioned they will be in the marketplace. They will have a better public image as a result of demonstrating their social responsibility, especially to the communities in which they operate,” Thomas said.

For more information about the webinar, visit the PACE Global website at:

http://www.paceglobal.com/marketing/webinar/LAwebinarpromo2a.htm or contact Sean Snyder in office of public affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5882.

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