SIGNPOSTS IN THE TIMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE - OBAMA STOPS OFFSHORE DRILLING AND FLOODS HIT LOUISIANA

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14 march 2016

Obama Reverses Course on Drilling Off Southeast Coast

By CORAL DAVENPORTMARCH, The New York Times, March 14, 2016

The Obama administration is expected to withdraw its plan to permit oil and gas drilling off the southeast Atlantic coast, yielding to an outpouring of opposition from coastal communities from Virginia to Georgia but dashing the hopes and expectations of many of those states’ top leaders.

The announcement by the Interior Department, which is seen as surprising, could come as soon as Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the decision who was not authorized to speak on the record because the plan had not been publicly disclosed.

The decision represents a reversal of President Obama’s previous offshore drilling plans, and comes as he is trying to build an ambitious environmental legacy.

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Destruction Mounts as Floodwaters Engulf Louisiana

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and ALAN BLINDERMARCH, The New York Times, March 14, 2016

PEARL RIVER, La. — “I think what we’re seeing right now is what we’re going to get,” J. J. Jennings, the police chief of this small and currently waterlogged city near the Mississippi border, said with nervous optimism.

What he was seeing at that moment on Monday was a group of neighbors using pumps and sandbags to keep an ever-rising creek out of Ed Martensson’s house, which was so hemmed in by water that a 12-year-old boy was fishing in the driveway.

After days of extraordinary rainfall — some places recorded more than 20 inches in less than 72 hours, the National Weather Service said — the rising waters that ruined homes from Mooringsport to Merryville are now swelling the rivers, bayous and lakes of southern Louisiana.

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