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Gulf Coast culture hangs in the balance.

Elizabeth Grossman, author of Chasing Molecules and High Tech Trash, visits the Louisiana coast:
Grand Isle was hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav. But the community, which island resident Jeannine Braud describes as "a family," rebuilt. "You knew when that [disaster] was over. You'd wake up and hear hammers," she says. But then came the financial meltdown and the bad weather winter of 2009 that kept tourists away. "This season was going to be the one that got us over the hump," says Hopkins. But coastal residents see no end to this disaster. "It's not just shut off this year but for years and possibly generations to come," says [Louisiana resident Karen] Hopkins of the fishing, shrimping, and shellfish harvests that sustain Gulf Coast communities.
Read the whole post at the Pump Handle.