James Gill: If climate change isn't to blame for coastal erosion, as AG Landry claims, then what is?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:33:57 PM. When Attorney General Jeff Landry appeared on a TV call-in show last week, he was asked whether his support for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord
When Attorney General Jeff Landry appeared on a TV call-in show last week, he was asked whether his support for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord meant it was okay with him for coastal residents to drown. Just to make sure that Landry understood the gravity of his question, the caller pointed out that many of those residents are Republicans. He was speaking from lower Plaquemines Parish, the disappearing tip of what he asserted was the state most affected by climate change. But if ever a mass drowning does come to pass, Republicans will be much less likely than Democrats to blame greenhouse gases. Whether you believe in man-made climate change seems to depend more on party affiliation than scientific evidence, and Trump famously dismissed it as a Chinese hoax before rejecting Paris, purportedly in order to save American money and jobs. Landry agreed, tweeting that Paris was “environmental welfare at an international level” and an “America Last Agreement.” Now the last hold-out, Syria, has signed onto Paris, while scores of American governors and mayors have vowed to continue the fight to save the planet in defiance of Trump. The weight of expert opinion is clearly against him, while Louisiana is generally allowed to be especially vulnerable to climate change. Landry, however, does not think so. He says he lives on the coast that has been home to his family for 300 years and must therefore be acutely aware that erosion proceeds at a furious...Read more
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