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Climate Change and Louisiana: The Heat is On (2007)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-03-28

Duration: 00:57:05

Subjects: Climate change | Solar energy | Renewable energy | Global warming | Wind power | Coastal protection | Environment


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Burkett, Virginia Interviewee
  • McPherson, Joseph Interviewee
  • Borne, Dan Interviewee
  • Wascom, Kathy Interviewee
  • Roberie, Chris Interviewee
  • Vining, Marie Speaker
  • Oubre, Dustin Speaker
  • Dixon, Chuck Speaker
  • Davis, Daphne Speaker
  • Fellman, Wess Speaker
  • Dawkins, Linda Speaker
  • Kakoullis, James Speaker
  • Vaughn, Arielle Speaker
  • Martin, Eddrick Speaker
  • Voigt, Adolph Speaker
  • Gautier, Chris Speaker
  • Gallman, George Speaker
  • Thomas, Dan Speaker
  • Hair, Helen Speaker
  • Zillen, Patricia Speaker
  • Weiss, Walter Speaker
  • Reith, Charles Panelist
  • Gautreaux, Karen Panelist
  • Keim, Barry Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 28, 2007, features Craig Freeman leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the effects of climate change on Louisiana’s environment and economy. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Virginia Burkett, researcher for the United States Geological Survey; State Senator Joe McPherson; Dan Borne, Louisiana Chemical Association; Kathy Wascom, Louisiana Environmental Action Network; and Chris Roberie, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The audience members then discuss their views on industry in Louisiana, alternative sources for energy, and coastal conservation. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Dr. Charles Reith of the Alliance for Affordable Energy; Karen Gautreaux, the deputy secretary for DEQ; and Dr. Barry Keim, the Louisiana state climatologist. They discuss: utilizing energy sources like wind and solar to power Louisiana’s citizens and industry, the science behind global warming, coastal erosion, and developing a sustainable energy economy. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Craig Freeman