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New White Paper Examines Pandemic-related Transportation Trends  

White paper cover showing semi-trailerThe global COVID-19 pandemic has shifted, and continues to shift, human behavior in ways that would have been difficult to imagine in 2019. In a new white paper, Center for Energy Studies Assistant Professor Cody Nehiba examines the transportation sector to provide valuable insights into the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic, how we’ve adjusted the way we live and work, and what changes may become permanent.

He offers an overview of the dramatic effects of the pandemic on the movement of people and goods, with a focus on Louisiana. 

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Wang Appointed to U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board Wei-Hsung Wang portrait

LSU Center for Energy Studies Professor, Radiation Safety Office Director, and LSU System Radiation Safety Officer Wei-Hsung Wang was recently invited to serve on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Radiation Advisory Committee by EPA Administrator Michael E. Regan. The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee, established in 1978, under the authority of the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act, to provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations to the EPA Administrator.

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Nehiba Analyzes Costs, Benefits of Increasing La. Gas Tax gas tax white paper cover showing road construction

Louisiana has the longest-standing gasoline tax in the nation, logging more than 375 months since it was last changed. Calls to increase the seventh-lowest gasoline tax in the nation to improve road infrastructure appear annually but fail to gain traction. While the state’s citizens enjoy the low $0.20 per gallon tax rate, its benefits are likely offset by the costs of inferior roads, which lead to additional fuel consumption, vehicle damage, congestion, and in some cases, accidents.

In a new white paper, CES Assistant Professor Cody Nehiba offers a nontechnical guide to the economic benefits and costs of increasing Louisiana’s gasoline tax. He considers practical implementation options regarding the tax’s equity, revenue usage, and more. 

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