This week on "Wingin' It Wednesday", panelist Carol Ross, Mike Stagg, and Warren Caudle joined "Nathan and Bernie in the Morning" to discuss the regional chamber of commerce One Acadiana initiative as well as the impact the Keystone Pipeline may have on the upcoming Senate election.

Here's what the panel had to say:

1. The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is leading the One Acadiana initiative, a group set up to serve as a regional chamber of commerce. Your thoughts?

Mike Stagg started us off:

It’s either Acadiana One or Acadiana Whaa?
My basic question is by what standard does Lafayette lay claim to leadership?
I think their time would be better spent working on One Lafayette instead of One Acadiana. Lafayette remains a city and a parish that’s racially biassed. There’s very little communication between the races. It’s the third rail in politics that you can’t talk about.

Warren Caudle posited:

I think they are putting too much emphasis, too much faith in these nonprofits. The chamber tries to come together to be the voice of business. I don’t know what they’re trying to accomplish.

Carol Ross added:

Who’s going to run this. What’s it going to cost? Look at consolidation and how that works. Will the smaller towns give up their identity? How is this going to work? Is this just an ego work for these people?
On the face of it, it really doesn’t seem like something that will work.

 

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2. Will the Keystone Pipeline influence the Senate vote in Louisiana?

Carol started us off:

This blocking of the keystone pipeline which continues despite evidence to the contrary. No matter what anybody says, Harry Reid is going to kill Keystone.
Look at the Trans-Alaska pipeline. You had people screaming the sky was going to fall through.

Warren posited:

I’ve said it before about the Keystone pipeline, the biggest opposition you’ve got on that is two people, Karl Ichan and Warren Buffet. Warren Buffet controls the railroads and Icon controls the tank cars. The money coming from both of them is what’s trying to stop this pipeline.

 

Mike concluded:

The Keystone Pipeline is a bogus issue. In Louisiana, tar sans are being processed. It’s no impediment on the economic issue of the tar sans. This is just a political hammer. What you’re not getting is the 37 jobs the pipeline is supposed to produce. If it’s about the oil you’re getting the oil.

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