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Center Releases Gulf Coast Energy Outlook 2021gceo 2021 cover with face mask, virus, oil rig

On November 18, 2020, the LSU Center for Energy Studies released the 2021 edition of the Gulf Coast Energy Outlook (GCEO). The 2021 GCEO examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 hurricane season, trade negotiations with China, and potential policies of a Biden administration on the region’s upstream oil and gas activity, downstream investments in refining and petrochemicals, energy exports, electricity demand, and energy sector-specific employment.

David E. Dismukes, executive director and professor, and Greg Upton, associate professor, authored the report.

Read the press release.

Read the GCEO.

Note: The current version of the Gulf Coast Energy Outlook is not fully ADA compliant. We are currently preparing a revised version that will meet all accessibility standards.
Please contact mpinsonn@lsu.edu for assistance. 

Study Examines Role of Diesel Fuel Taxes in Freight Trucking Collision Externalitiesfreight trucks

In a paper recently published in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics, CES Assistant Professor Cody Nehiba investigates how diesel fuel taxes for freight trucking may be contributing to traffic accidents, one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Although any vehicle entering the roadway will increase the risk of accidents for other road users, freight trucks disproportionately generate these costs due to their high mileage and weight. Freight trucks can also jointly determine their mileage and weight---shipping firms are known to minimize fuel costs by reducing the number of shipments they make while simultaneously increasing the cargo on each shipment when fuel prices rise. Nehiba examines how truck weights and truck miles traveled affect truck-involved collisions to determine if increasing the federal diesel fuel tax---which leads to fewer but heavier trucks on the road---provides benefits for society. 

Read more about the study.

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