By Julie Dermansky • Friday, August 28, 2015 - 12:01
President Obama on Oct 19, 2009 arriving in New Orleans on Air Force One during his first visit to the city since taking office. ©2009 Julie Dermansky
The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, also known as “The Great wall of Louisiana”, is a nearly two-mile-long, 26-foot-high barrier built for hurricane protection to prevent the kind of flooding that ravaged New Orleans during Katrina. ©2015 Julie Dermansky
Louisiana’s eroding coastline in Southern Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish. ©2015 Julie Dermansky
Boy in front of a blighted church that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters ten years after the storm. ©2015 Julie Dermansky
In May, the Obama administration opened the Gulf of Mexico to further oil and gas drilling despite the BP oil spill five years ago. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement permitted LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC to drill a new well nearBP’s failed Macondo well.. Obama’s administration has also recently given a green light for Shell to drill in the Arctic.
Republican Presidential Candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans on July 9. ©2015 Julie Dermansky
Jindal wrote to the President prior to his visit to New Orleans, warning him that conversations about climate change were unwelcome in Louisiana.
“We need fossil fuels, we need to make sure we keep drilling, and we have to make sure we drill safety,” he told the show’s hosts. When it comes to drilling for oil and gas, the debate is whether or not we do it safely, “not to do it or not to do it,” he said.
“The new system is the city’s best engineered and built ever, but it was designed to a lower level of protection than the one that failed. It was built to provide property insurance, not save lives. And experts insist it’s insufficient for an important city sitting on a sinking delta in hurricane alley during the age of climate-induced sea level rise and mega storms.”
The absence of remarks about climate change in President Obama’s speech in New Orleans joins the elephant in the room that continues to grow.
Blighted home in New Orleans 9th Ward 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. ©2015 Julie Dermansky