Big Easy resources both blessing and curse

2015-07-21 21:04

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Vatican City -The mayor of New Orleans says his coastal city's abundant natural resources are both a blessing and a curse.

The Louisiana city that supplies one-quarter of all the seafood produced in America also provides more oil and gas to the US than Saudi Arabia.

"But that economic benefit comes at a cost," Mayor Mitchell Landrieu told a Vatican conference of mayors fighting global warming on Tuesday.

Landrieu recalled the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill, which killed 11 workers and disgorged 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. And he reminded 60 of his fellow mayors of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1 800 people in 2005 and exposed how the city's poorest neighbourhoods were vulnerable to sea surges.

"We became a warning to all others that neglect and environmental degradation has consequences," Landrieu said.

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