#1: I knew Louisiana was mostly water where it said it was land near the beach. The teacher and I argued about this in elementary school. I saw the water in the maps and she said no, it's land! I continued arguing this for many years. I just gave up: they were wrong, and I knew it. All you had to do was look at a damn map, and today, satellite images. Oddly, the lie persists (see below link). Use Google Earth. Zoom out, you see the lie. Zoom in, you see the attempt at lies but the actual truth in imagery. It's right there! Then, zoom in to some "forestlands": no longer forestlands, but forestseas. #2: Let it sink. We don’t need Louisiana. And we don’t need oil or gas. We have Tesla. Every map of Louisiana is a lie — what it really looks like should scare you My only exception to #2 will be to say that we shouldn't just abandon our environment. In 2 or 3 decades when we've ended gas and oil use, we can stop the oil pumps sucking down the land, and the wetlands can be allowed to recover. But let's not pretend this is a tragedy that the awful state of Louisiana is disappearing due to oil and gas being sucked out of it, whether due to some sort of loss of oil fields if we stop pumping, or to the awful flatlands subsuming. We have solutions coming, and we don't need some mosquito infested alligator infested hurricane infested swampland civilization people. We can do humans just fine in more sensible areas. Yes, we should restore the swamplands, but not for the sake of humans, but for the sake of the environment. The 5 million people that live there now can attrition out as the oceans swallow their cities whole, and they can stop developing that land. Unfortunately, we've already seen some of the displacement problems this causes: Louisianian emigrants have caused a great deal of the problems of the last decades in places they've immigrated to. Hopefully most of them start off in Florida and grow up there before heading North and West. And we don't need the oil. We can build solar panels instead.