Our coast is vital to Louisiana. Not only does a healthy, thriving coast contribute to the beauty of our state, it is our first line of defense against hurricanes and natural erosion. In the past 50 years alone, we have lost more than 1,500 square miles of wetlands, according to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. In order to protect our homes, our economy, our food supply and our rich traditions, it is critical to protect and restore our coastal areas. Ignoring the problem is simply not an option. We need leaders in Washington who are willing to go to bat for Louisiana’s share of oil and gas revenues. These royalties, which are dedicated to coastal restoration by the Louisiana constitution, have been promised by Congress to Louisiana, and it’s time we collect. Our coast can’t wait on Washington much longer.
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