The Cat Islands are almost gone. Will we save Grand Isle? | The Times-Picayune

Last Sunday I motored out to the southeastern edge of Barataria Bay say good-bye to an old friend -- the Cat Islands. This line of grass and mangrove islands once spread for miles across the bay like a string of...

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Louisiana Shouldn’t Let BP Spill Regulations Be Erased | The Times-Picayune

The next time an oil spill is oozing toward the Cajun coast Louisiana business leaders and politicians who try to beg the nation for help and sympathy can expect this answer: "Hey, this is the bargain you made. Live with...

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Where’s the Outrage Over Cutting Oil and Gas Royalty Rates? | The Times-Picayune

The next time a Louisiana politician -- or anyone else working for the oil industry -- says they support expanded offshore oil development because the royalties help pay for our coastal restoration projects, feel free to stick a big Pinocchio...

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Denying Climate Change Spells Doom for Louisiana’s Coast | The Times-Picayune

A few questions for your Sunday morning. Why does Louisiana's Attorney General Jeff Landry, President Donald Trump, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and the GOP Congress -- including many in Louisiana's delegation -- want to drown south Louisiana over the...

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The More Children Learn About Coastal Loss, the Better | The Times-Picayune

And now, some good news -- really. I can understand your skepticism. This column is dedicated to offering insight and opinion about our coastal crisis informed by almost 40 years of covering the issues. And for the past year or...

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Louisiana Students Must Be Immersed in Our Coastal Threat | The Times-Picayune

Most parents want their local schools to prepare their children for a prosperous and safe future. So they demand training in math, science, computer skills, reading comprehension and the like. That curriculum might be good enough in most of the...

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Trump and Congress Roll Back Protections for You and Me | The Times-Picayune

Just wondering: Did anyone out there get a call last year from Rep. Steve Scalise -- or any of the state's GOP congressional delegation -- asking if you supported the idea of putting a little more arsenic, lead and mercury...

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All I want for Christmas is a stronger, cleaner planet | The Times-Picayune

  Yes, even members of the commentariat get to have Christmas wish lists. Here's mine: That GOP politicians take the next step on global warming -- They started out calling it a hoax, moved to claiming it's happening but isn't caused...

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Question for Louisiana: Will enough coast be restored to justify the cost? | The Times-Picayune

Louisiana has assembled pages of numbers justifying its 50-year, $92 billion master plan for coastal survival. Except what is becoming the most important one. Let me explain. Last month a man in the front row at Western Michigan University had...

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Arsenic, lead, air pollution: This can’t be what voters wanted | The Times-Picayune

If you voted for Donald Trump and the Republicans now running Congress, I have a few questions for you. Did you intend your vote to approve: More arsenic in your drinking water -- enough to pose a serious risk of...

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