Louisiana's Wetlands: Economy, Industry, and Government Research Paper

Louisiana's Wetlands: Economy, Industry, and Government
An analysis of the environmental issues and political influences facing Louisiana's wetlands.
# 144741 | 2,912 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper analyzes how different political factors are affecting the restoration and destruction of southern Louisiana's wetlands, and the wetlands' significance in the state's economy, multiple industries, and government. The paper describes many of the area's environmental problems, including an area named Cancer Alley, whose inhabitants exhibit a high incidence of cancer, birth defects, and respiratory disorders. The paper explains that environmental reform will involve not only political change, but also the intervention of agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), state government, the oil industry, and non-profits. The paper notes that the wetlands' ecosystem is important not only for its own good, but also for the economy of Louisiana and the nation, thousands of species of birds, fish, reptiles, and marine animals, and people. This paper analyzes how different political factors are affecting the restoration and/or destruction of southern Louisiana's wetlands. In conclusion, the paper warns that if Louisiana's government does not start working with non-profit organizations, citizens, industry, and federal government, it is likely that we will see the economy of Louisiana crumble, and see voters begin to vote differently as more and more people become affected by the wetland loss in the region.

From the Paper:

"As public opinion shifts, non-profit organizations will become more powerful, which could be just the fuel needed to change environmental policy in Louisiana. The organizations in Louisiana range from large, national organizations like the Sierra Club and Audubon Society to very small, local organizations like the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana or the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Each one has a particular goal, whether it is rebuilding New Orleans Lower 9th Ward or providing at risk kids with after school activities. However, each one has a common goal and that is to promote and issue they think needs to be better addressed by using public opinion to pressure legislation or to gain popularity in a community."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. (2010). http://www.crcl.org/home.html.
  • Hosansky, D. (2003). Reforming the Corps: Do Corps of Engineers Projects Need Outside Review? The CQ Researcher. Vol 13. No. 12. Pp. 497-520.
  • Howden, D. (2009). Mississippi Turning: It is a River With a Life of its own and Attempts to Domesticate it for the Good of Industry Have So Far failed. Now, says Daniel Howden, the Stakes are Higher than Ever. The Independent. October 24, 2009. First Edition. Retrieved from LexisNexis on May 10, 2010.
  • Jonsson, P. (2008). At U.S. Army Corps, Shift of Mission Hasn't Come Easily. Christian Science Monitor. May 21, 2008. Pg.10. Retrieved from LexisNexis May 10, 2010.
  • The Economist. (2010). Black Storm Rising: The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. U.S. edition. Retrieved from LexisNexis on May 10, 2010.

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APA Format

Louisiana's Wetlands: Economy, Industry, and Government (2010, September 30) Retrieved December 02, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/louisiana-wetlands-economy-industry-and-government-144741/

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"Louisiana's Wetlands: Economy, Industry, and Government" 30 September 2010. Web. 02 December. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/louisiana-wetlands-economy-industry-and-government-144741/>