Climate Scientists Told Us This Would Happen

  What did you think during last couple of decades when scientists “warned” that sea level was rising more than three millimeters a year? Or when they were “alarmed” that the temperature was warming “so fast” that in 5 to...

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How the Lowly Plastic Straw Is Hastening Louisiana’s Climate-Driven Doom

When trying to explain to nonresidents Louisiana’s cultural and political denialism about the mortal threat climate change poses to our crumbling, sinking coast, my go-to referral has been Arlie Russell Hochschild’s brilliant book “Strangers in their Own Land.” But I...

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Louisiana Still Puts Out the Welcome Mat for Polluters

Is $18,000 a year too much for a multimillion-dollar company to spend warning neighbors when the poison it pumps into the air has become life threatening? Is the giant petrochemical industry facing an existential threat from a tiny group of...

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Carbon Capture Is a Taxpayer-Funded Gusher for Oil, Gas

Watching Louisiana’s oil-soaked politicians madly embracing carbon capture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions recalls a famous saying from the 1960s: Long hair can cover a red neck. Yes, the world desperately needs to reduce emissions any way it can if Louisiana’s coastal...

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South Louisiana’s Fate Is a Real Cliffhanger. How Temporary Optimism Died.

The binge-worthy drama about Louisiana’s fight for a coastal future continued last month with three episodes. Spoiler alert: It remains a tragedy in the making. Previously: After losing almost 2,000 square miles of its bottom third to the Gulf of...

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Carbon Capture Isn’t the Solution to Our Climate Crisis

Two new trends gathering momentum pose serious threats to Louisiana’s hopes of preventing the Gulf of Mexico from drowning its bottom third. And, no, they have nothing to do with critical race theory or gender identity. One comes from local...

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Louisiana’s $50 Billion Coastal Plan Is Incomplete

In the month since Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority released the fourth iteration of its “Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast,” I’ve been trying to understand what it means by “a sustainable coast” in this world of...

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We’ll Never Reduce Emissions if We Won’t Even Talk About It

How can a brilliant work of engineering and science signal a moment of pride and hope for a state, but also include dire warnings and be missing an essential message? That’s my first reaction to the draft edition of the...

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Some Welcome Good News for Our Coast, But Is It Enough?

Columnists always look for events that can summarize complex answers to critical questions on the subjects they cover. In my case the question is always: “Can Louisiana save its coastal zone?” I ended 2021 by admitting I was cautiously pessimistic...

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A Christmas List and a Plate of Boudin Balls and Crawfish Beignets

While some regular readers believe I’m not very nice and have been very, very naughty this year, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and putting together a Christmas list anyway. To increase my chances, I’ll leave it next to a plate...

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