In Louisiana, citizens with likeminded interests from similar geographic and social circles often band together to form an organization to celebrate Mardi Gras. These “Krewes” as they’re known, put on lavish masquerade balls and even parade through the streets during the Mardi Gras season.
While Senator Mary Landrieu has time and time again espoused her ardent support for the Keystone XL Pipeline and Louisiana’s oil and gas industry, in Washington, she’s quietly used her leadership PAC to amass a “Krewe” of her own. This Krewe has something different in mind, and their parade doesn’t appear to be welcome in Louisiana.
For several years, Landrieu’s Krewe of anti-oil & gas Senators has been working feverishly to oppose Keystone and the state’s energy industry at every turn. Keep Louisiana Working has exposed their efforts and their ties’ to Landrieu’s funding mechanism- JazzPAC with a new educational site – www.kreweoflandrieu.com.
This past Mardi Gras season, Landrieu assumed the role as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. And while she touts her “indispensability” in Congress, nearly 2,000 days have passed with still no real timetable or plan for the pipeline’s approval. Meanwhile, as hundreds of thousands of dollars flow from Landrieu’s JazzPAC to the campaign coffers of America’s staunchest oil and gas opponents, America’s plan for energy independence and Louisiana’s role in shaping that future remain on hold.
The new site provides a chance for Louisiana citizens to sign a petition, call her office and use social media to urge Landrieu to stop empowering those who seek to destroy good energy jobs in Louisiana.
The site is just one part of Keep Louisiana Working’s ongoing efforts to research and educate Louisiana citizens about the impact their elected officials are having on the state’s job market and economy. Recent findings by KLW’s investigative team were detailed in a December 19th article of the Wall Street Journal titled Mary Landrieu and All That Jazz.