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Charles Melancon (D-La.) broke down at a House Energy and Commerce hearing on the Gulf spill Thursday as he discussed the "slow motion tragedy" affecting his home state, which comes, of course, after plenty of previous tragedy in the region. "Our culture is threatened. Our coastal economy is threatened," he said. "Everything I know and love is at risk."