Congressman Charles Boustany has signed the T. Boone Pickens’
Energy Independence Pledge, according to a press release put out by Pickens’
organization this morning. A millionaire Texas oilman, Pickens recently launched a full-fledged national campaign to encourage Congress and the next President to pursue a comprehensive new energy strategy, dramatically expanding use of renewable wind energy and natural gas, to help free the
country’s addiction to imported oil. The pledge states, “I join with T. Boone
Pickens and his army of supporters in calling for an Energy Independence Plan
to be enacted within the first 100 days of the new administration.” The pledge
also identifies that the next President and the 111th Congress need
to enact an energy plan that reduces our dependence on foreign oil by at least
30 percent within 10 years. State Sen. Don Cravins Jr., Boustany's Democratic challenger in the 7th Congressional District, says he also supports the intitiative. Pickens Plan spokesperson Sarah Hawkins says the organization is currently compiling its list of Congressional supporters, which should be posted soon to pickensplan.com.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.