LA - Bob Marshall: If Louisiana were a patient, coastal loss would be our fatal disease

So far your GOP delegations in Baton Rouge and Washington have fought almost every effort to address emissions and increase fees from industry. There is nothing incongruent with being pro-life, pro-business and pro-environment, especially when the survival of our lives and businesses here depend on fixing this problem.

Recently a local physician had an important discussion with an ailing patient named Louisiana. It went like this.

Doctor: Tests show you have a fatal disease and there’s no cure.

Louisiana: How long do I have, Doc?

Doctor: If you make several lifestyle changes, you could have an active, rewarding life for centuries.

Louisiana: What if I don’t change.

Doctor: You’ll die within a few decades. Your choice.

Bob Marshall: Our coast is disappearing, and we're the ones to blame

That’s really the bottom line of the recent Tulane research that the Gulf of Mexico will eventually drown the sinking delta we live on no matter what we do — including our $92 billion coastal master plan. The shock of that verdict was amplified by an accompanying headline shouting “We’re screwed.”

All of which still has many readers asking: What does this really mean?

Well, the answer could be found in the second half of that headline: “the only question is how quickly.”

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