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NEWORLEANS - The Offshore Energy Tour, which stops in Louisiana on Friday, is a way for lawmakers to learn more about the industry.

Congressman Steve Scalise and a number of federal lawmakers plan to meet with stakeholders from the state's energy industry.

They'll also visit an offshore drilling platform and take boat and aerial tours of the coast.

Lawmakers hope their trip will help them come up with a better way to combat rising gas prices and strengthen the country's energy security.

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