Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy Pushes Natural Gas as Climate Solution at Contentious Town Hall Meetings

Louisiana Sen. Cassidy holds a town hall meeting with constituents in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy holds a town hall meeting with constituents in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy’s constituents packed emotionally charged town hall meetings across the state during Congress’ February break, a trend seen in other meetings with lawmakers around the country.

At Sen. Cassidy’s first town hall in Denham Springs, which was ground zero for the 1,000 year flood that devastated parts of southern Louisiana last year, the senator focused on flood recovery efforts.

While Sen. Cassidy mentioned that lowering greenhouse gas emissions would “theoretically” be good for sea level rise, he failed to connect climate change to the region’s extreme floods. Instead, he praised President Donald Trump’s goals of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the United States, which could then be powered by the nation’s natural gas reserves.

Aerial view of 2016 flooding in Livingston Parish, the Louisiana parish in which Sen. Cassidy's first of five town halls was held during the February 2017 Congressional recess. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)Aerial view of 2016 flooding in Livingston Parish, the Louisiana parish in which Senator Cassidy’s first of five town halls was held during the February 2017 congressional recess. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)

“If President Trump is successful in having industry move back to the United States, using our natural gas, renewables, and nuclear instead of China’s coal, that will dramatically decrease global greenhouse gas emissions,” Cassidy said.

Cassidy’s statements mirror former President Obama’s claim that natural gas is a “bridge fuel” to cleaner energy sources, but evidence shows that natural gas production has a significant impact on the environment and is not a clean energy source.

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Via:: Truthout

      

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