Louisiana is the Sportsman’s Paradise. We love our lakes, bayous, rivers, and coastal marsh. Our working coastline is a national and cultural legacy that must be protected for future generations to live, work, and play. Millions of hard-working Louisianans make their living off the land, water, and our cultural attractions.
Unfortunately, our state is disproportionately impacted by sea-level rise and extreme weather like hurricanes and floods. Our coastline is losing land at one of the fastest rates in the world. Louisiana is 6th in the nation in cancer rates and experts say it may get worse. I’m proud of Louisiana’s industries, but I won’t stand for polluters and reckless conduct.
We have a moral responsibility to future generations to solve these problems now. Instead, too many Washington politicians listen to the narrow special interests, not the economic or scientific experts. They are forcing future Lousiainans to carry an undue burden because they won’t act now.
We don’t have to choose between putting food on the table and cleaning our water and air. This year alone, 100,000 oil and gas workers have been laid off – including folks in my family. We can offer many of these workers immediate opportunities using their current skills to clean up abandoned wells. At the same time, Louisiana can develop new industries and continue to be a world-class producer of seafood, energy, and agricultural products.
Louisianans are strong, resilient, and come together in times of crisis. The massive Gulf storms that have formed the past few years remind us that we’re all in this together. We will need to work fast to recover and to rebuild stronger.
In the Senate, I will work to promote conservation, expand access to clean air and water, and require special interests to follow the Scout’s rule: Leave it cleaner than you found it.