Attention Louisiana Climate Deniers: Insurers Say Climate Change Now Biggest Risk

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The area in red is what the state of Louisiana says it could lose by 2067 due largely to high rates of emissions. (NOLA.com)

History is full of moments when communities facing an existential challenge have two fates.

They are saved by courageous leaders who ignore personal risks to show the way. Or they become examples of disastrous, life-ending choices.

Climate change has clearly placed Louisiana at one of those crisis points. But, so far, we have chosen that second course and are barreling toward disaster just a few decades away.

The evidence of this failure was captured in two headlines from last week’s news:

Louisiana’s GOP congressmen approve pulling U.S. out of Paris Climate Accords.

Climate change jumps to biggest risk for insurers.

By now anyone living from Baton Rouge to the coast who’s read the state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan – the game plan for keeping our bottom third livable — knows what climate change has in store for us in the next 40 years. (If you haven’t read it yet, I assume you’re just here on a visit – a short one.)

To recap: Even if we get the estimated $92 billion and build all the projects on time, we’ll lose at least another 1,200 square miles of our coastal zone, and maybe as much as 2,800 square miles – by 2067.

If it’s the latter, worst-case scenario, then almost every community south of Interstate10 – including areas around Lake Charles, Morgan City, Houma, Mandeville and Madisonville – could be under water or surrounded by it before children born today reach their 40s.

Read the rest of the article at The Times-Picayune.

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