20 August 2008

senator david vitter's energy forum at alexandria, la.

senator david vitter held his energy forum today in city hall at alexandria, la.

one of the senator's presenters was dr. john sutherlin an assistant professor in the gerontology, sociology and political science department as well as a co-director of the social science research lab at the university of louisiana at monroe.

dr. sutherlin says that there is no doubt that we are going to be dependent upon oil and natural gas for the foreseeable future. however, dr. sutherlin says that we need to develop alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal and wave power but especially the biofuel sector.

dr. sutherlin says that louisiana already has a great deal of biomass that we could access to turn into diesel and propane and a number of fuels to give us some alternatives to where we are right now.

dr. sutherlin mentions the need for public - private partnerships.

according to dr. sutherlin, louisiana already has many industries already working on alternative energy sources but that louisiana needs a proper infrastructure to access it and bring it to market.

dr. sutherlin says that the haynesville shale find is remarkable and that it's the fourth largest natural gas find on the planet. he says that many people think that it has the ability to impact natural gas prices $2.00 - 3.00 a cubic foot as well as fundamentally altering natural gas.