La. Congressman Breaks Down at Spill Hearing


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.”

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.