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Contributed photo by the Acadiana Center for the Arts -- Heidi Cody's "Climate Toothpaste" is an art object attempt to connect people who care but are not active on climate change, to climate advocacy groups that need help. It is featured in the Acadiana Center for the Arts' "American Beauty."

I just read Jeff Sadow's deeply misinformed piece about the data used to formulate Louisiana's 2017 Coastal Master Plan. I am horrified that The Advocate would print an article about climate science written by an associate professor of political science, rather than an actual coastal or climate scientist or anyone who knows what they are talking about.

He cites the totally discredited, nonscientific National Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is nothing more than a propaganda machine that pays its contributors for nonpeer-reviewed "papers." His lack of comprehension of the unique challenges posed to Louisiana by coastal land loss is betrayed by the fact that his article does not once mention coastal subsidence. He makes totally baseless claims-- like his assertion that sea-rise projections haven't changed in four years. Is this supposed to be an "alternative fact"? A quick review of the 2007 and 2014 IPCC Assessment Reports (the global standard in climate change science) clearly shows otherwise — the new report very clearly shows higher sea-level rise projections than the previous one. I'm gravely disappointed that The Advocate would print this absolute nonsense without running a basic fact-check. Louisiana has had enough of politicians giving us substandard science education. Next time, ask some of the coastal, environmental, and climate scientists at LSU what they think of our coastal issues rather than allowing another politician to spread blatant mistruths.

Bonnie Porter

environmental specialist

New Orleans