In new research about to be released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency concludes that the state of Louisiana will face the highest sea-level rise “on the planet.”
This sea-level rise is largely due to the effects of man-made global warming. But as Louisiana faces looming catastrophe over the next few decades, much of its congressional delegation continues to drag its feet on climate action or deny the phenomena altogether. Here’s a rundown:
- Sen. David Vitter (R): Vitter warned that global warming studies are often “ridiculous psuedo-science.”
- Rep. Steve Scalise (R): Scalise has said that the science “is not settled” and that there “is dispute” over man-made climate change.
- Sen. Mary Landrieu (D): While she has not engaged in global warming denialism, she has worked to stop the Obama administration from combating the threat of climate change.
- Rep. John Fleming (R): Fleming has signed the Koch Brothers front group’s Americans For Prosperity’s pledge to block a tax designed to rein in carbon emissions.
- Rep. Rodney Alexander (R): Alexander co-sponsored a resolution saying that the ”impacts of climate change and proposed resolutions, tainted by the recent uncovering of climategate, are not universally accepted.”
- Rep. Bill Cassidy (R): Cassidy denies global warming outright, saying it could just be a “shift in the axis” of the planet.
- Rep. Charles Boustany (R): Boustany has voted against letting the Environmental Protection Agency work to stop global warming and defends subsidies for oil and gas companies.
Out of all of the delegation, only Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond has taken actions to protect the environment and battle climate change.