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How oil and gas companies are responding to Michael Bloomberg’s campaign against petrochemicals

A slide from a Louisiana Industry Sustainability Council presentation.
Courtesy of Pam Radtke
Louisiana Illuminator
A slide from a Louisiana Industry Sustainability Council presentation.

Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg recently launched a $85 million campaign against petrochemical expansion in the Gulf Coast. But the oil, gas and chemical industries in Louisiana have begun mounting their own defense. Pam Radtke, reporter for the investigative climate news nonprofit Floodlight, tells us how these industries are responding.

The election for the next governor of Louisiana is just six months away, and here on Louisiana Considered, we are bringing you a series of interviews with the candidates.

Today we bring you a conversation with Republican Stephen Waguespack.He spoke to the Times-Picayune’s editorial director and columnist, Stephanie Grace,about his year’s in the Jindal administration, his business experience, and what he hopes to bring to the office.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Halle Parker. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell.

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.
Halle Parker reports on the environment for WWNO's Coastal Desk. You can reach her at hparker@wwno.org.