This short film was produced by the Glassbreaker Films team at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Glassbreaker Films is an all-female group of filmmakers working to promote gender parity in investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking.
Competing threats to the bayous of Louisiana are leaving some Donald Trump supporters torn between the president’s various policies. The shrimping industry, which accounts for 15,000 jobs in the state, has seen a drastic decline in sales due to international imports. And while Trump’s “America first” promises have given shrimpers hope, he has also made devastating cuts in environmental funding that would drastically damage the fragile bayous. Between 1932 and 2010, southern Louisiana has lost, on average, a football field of land to coastal erosion every hour. And it’s estimated that by 2100, rising sea levels across the country will force 13 million people to move away from their homes on American coasts.
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This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
We are going to rebuild this country
and ensure that every forgotten community has the bright future.
it deserves and by the way
communities are forgotten, no longer our economy as thousands of jobs in the garage aiding trade areas. This is more optimistic than ever before. The frontline of climate change and sea level rise a place where the code,
it is washing away at an amazing rate, rising water could swallow more land if nothing is done to address damage caused by climate change and commercial activity.
It's time to stop talking about the problem and actually start doing something about it.
southern Louisiana has lost, on average a football field of land every hour between nineteen, thirty, two and two thousand and ten.
Sea level rise, isn't letting up anytime soon, but as wetlands are
superior, so is an industry that vital to the buyer, use way of life
I went on is community. If you don't work in all fields, working the shrimp industry
run it rejected
actions. David show, vans, family made a good living catching shrimp
right out of
high school, I was,
a commercial fishermen,
this is more than something you do for a living. A heritage is a culture, but over Time David and his wife came had seen that culture of Britain,
When I look around here, I see a lot of change.
When we have high abundance of imports just depresses the price
What I think is the number one thing it changes. Industry imports
Kim and David say everything changed further community around two thousand. After then, president,
Bill Clinton signed the China Trade Bill into effect
this bill, slashed chinese tariffs on a wide range of farm and industrial products coming into the. U S.
what did shrimp could now be priced significantly lower than those of? U S: domestic chambers.
As a result, we Sienna shrimp in communities, took a hit there
so many people are lost everything from votes to houses, vehicles, job
Everything is more important. The employed shrimp into this country for people to make a quick book
And it was keeps embody
If I so much
We came in on us seventy seventy four
what a boat load a sham,
and made nothing to the commissioner that you and your husband said something wrong with this picture is all because a resiliency of the people that live here they were able to still keep going. What I'm doing them, orangist crisis phase must oblige you put the buggy later, but I thought, drop bailed out of the Paris agreement about figure there. What are without now, Kim and David hold out hope for their industry eradication.
That is why they lobby in Washington DC every year for a border tax on imports, the appointment of a sea, food trade negotiator and other demands. This year they say things felt different. Under the Trump Administration there
I hope when we went because of his America first point.
From now on, it's going to be a marrow
first, American America will be first again this kind of change, our way of thinking that were doomed
while there is hope that trumps trade policies will revive Coastal Louisiana communities. The Trump administration has also proposed devastating rollback till the Wheezy Anna Coastal Protections east of Kim and David Seafood Company is Montague Louisiana where community members have gathered to discuss another issue. That's brightening the by use coastal erosion. We won't have a conversation that conversation is centred around. What you all believe is the future of your your community, your perish in your state as a whole. If you know issues where does regular floating put a purple circle on knowledge based on them off and restore or will it is raining where, where we were living, it's gonna, be I don't feel hopeless. The Gulf of Mexico. Energy Security ACT would have hoped to combat coastal
signed into law by former President George W Bush in two thousand and six the law shared off.
For oil and gas revenue across the Gulf states it provides.
Luigi Anna, with up to a hundred and forty million dollars a year for coastal restoration projects, but the Trump administrations proposed budget repeals the act, an strips OECD, Anna of funding that would have gone towards saving the states sinking coastline.
I see the late creeped and then some people's backyards.
scary, because I know what it's going be for my grandchildren.
For now. I hope and Pray
I think that there are still going to be an industry again put my wife next time. We are often
part of the country. If the United States can recognize
how vital South Wales,
as to the nation will be better off.
Transcript generated on 2020-10-28.