News roundup: Political experts to dissect election results at LSU … Gregory Bowser named president of Louisiana Chemical Association and Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance … Major oil companies joining forces to create renewable energy fund
Immediate reaction: Political experts from around the state will convene at LSU on Tuesday night to dissect the votes cast on Election Day in real time and share the ins and outs of elections with students. The event will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Live Oak Lounge in the LSU Student Union. Political science and political communication professor Joshua Darr will discuss how campaigns and media organizations “call elections.” The Advocate reporter Lanny Keller and Manship Chair in Journalism Bob Mann will provide insight on election reporting and campaigns. LSU Associate Law Professor Chris Tyson will discuss election integrity and the democratic process.
Taking the reins: Gregory Bowser has been appointed president of both the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance. Bowser replaces Dan Borné, who is retiring after serving 28 years as head of the associations. Bowser has served as executive vice president for LCA and LCIA since 2011. He joined the organizations in 1991 and has directed their governmental affairs activities. In his new role, Bowsers becomes the first African American businessman to lead a major Louisiana statewide business trade association. The LCA represents the interests of more than 60 chemical manufacturing companies with more than 100 locations in Louisiana. The LCIA is a group of more than 800 businesses that support the state’s chemical plants with products, services and supplies.
All together now: Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, as they seek an active role in the fight against global warming, sources tell Bloomberg. The chief executives of seven oil and gas companies—BP, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total—will announce details of the fund and other steps to reduce greenhouse gases in London on Friday. The group is part of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, which was created with the backing of the United Nations in 2014 and includes 11 companies representing 20% of global oil and gas production. Read the full story.