Louisiana keeps voting to drown: Opinion | NOLA.com

If someone writes a history of Louisiana's politics during the age of climate change there could be only one title: Voting to Drown. Here's why. It has been well established by scientists -- including those working for Louisiana -- that...

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Anti-environment actions by Trump, GOP Congress put lives at risk: Opinion

Are GOP politicians and the people who support them pro life, or just pro fetus? That question has been nagging me for some time because of this obvious contradiction: While most Republicans claim their opposition to abortion is driven...

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Unless emissions drop, much of coastal Louisiana will be swamped | NOLA.com

Two weeks ago President Donald Trump announced a trade: A few thousand temporary jobs for West Virginia coal miners in exchange for letting the Gulf of Mexico drown much of south Louisiana over the next 50 years. Not a single...

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President Trump and Congress think our water and air are clean enough | NOLA.com

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my congressman, Steve Scalise, and the rest of Louisiana's GOP congressional delegation for courageously joining President Donald Trump in addressing a problem that has been ignored far too long: Our air and water have become...

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Oil and gas industry must pay to fix damage done to Louisiana coast: Opinion | NOLA.com

Imagine this: A goose that lays golden eggs has a deadly disease, yet the farmer who owns it is depending on the nation's taxpayers to save it. Yes, that's pretty hard to imagine. Until you consider the oil industry's...

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To rebuild the coast, Louisiana must show its river diversions won’t kill native dolphins | The Lens

When asked to list the major hurdles facing Louisiana’s 50-year plan to rebuild its coast, state officials have pointed to a menu of truly massive challenges, from rapidly rising seas to finding the money for the $92 billion effort. But...

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Permit for first sediment diversion will take at least 2.5 years (and that’s fast) | The Lens

When the news broke that Louisiana would have to wait at least two and a half years to get federal permits for a critical sediment diversion, many people in the coastal restoration community were shocked. But not for the reason...

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Interactive map shows flooding risk as Gulf rises and southern Louisiana continues to sink | The Lens

The state has created an interactive, online map providing a realistic look at the future, which probably will be more shocking to residents than the words in the new Coastal Master Plan it is based on. FLOOD RISK UNDER LOW GREENHOUSE-GAS SCENARIO Coastal Protection and...

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Scientists say Louisiana’s latest projections for coastal flooding are grim, but realistic | The Lens

Many Louisianans may have been shocked by grimmer forecasts in the latest edition of the state’s 50-year plan to protect its coast: There is no longer hope that more land can be built than the Gulf takes each year. Even...

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Coastal flooding may force thousands of homes in Louisiana to be elevated or bought out | The Lens

The 2017 draft version of the Coastal Master Plan, released today, offers a much grimmer view of the future than its predecessors. Twice as much land could be lost if the state does nothing. Even if everything works as...

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