Infrastructure-Related Jobs

Environmental Restoration = Economic Restoration

Investing in the Gulf Coast's wetlands will protect jobs associated with critical infrastructure. Wetlands act as a sponge for water and wave energy, reducing flood risk and keeping communities safe.1

The Gulf Coast’s infrastructure supports leading industries like energy production and transportation. However, the region’s roads, railways, refineries and ports are susceptible to extreme weather events and the associated wind and storm surge damage.

The Gulf’s transportation facilities are vital for more than two dozen states throughout the Mississippi River watershed that send their exports through Louisana. Coastal restoration is a key insurance strategy for our nation’s export economy.

The platforms, wells, and processing facilities of the Gulf accounted for:

  • 47% of U.S. crude oil refinery capacity between 2008 and 2010,2
  • 52% of U.S. natural gas production between 2007 and 2009,3 and
  • 54% of U.S crude oil production between 2008 and 2010.4

In addition, the shipping infrastructure of the Gulf accounted for:

  • 10 of the 15 largest ports by tonnage in the United States,5
  • 50% of all U.S. international trade by tonnage,6 and
  • 60% of grain exports from the United States in 2008.7

Without action to protect its infrastructure from sea level rise and future storms, the Gulf Coast could face cumulative economic damages of some $350 billion according to a report from Entergy and McKinsey & Company. The report further estimates that 3 percent of annual GDP would have to go towards reconstruction activities.8

Preventative investment in restoration today could save the country billions of dollars in ecological and economic damage and protect jobs.

  1. http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/lcast/pdfs/07sep/MitigatingStormSurge.pdf
  2. http://stateofthecoast.noaa.gov/NOAAs_Gulf_of_Mexico_at_a_Glance_report.pdf
  3. http://stateofthecoast.noaa.gov/NOAAs_Gulf_of_Mexico_at_a_Glance_report.pdf
  4. http://stateofthecoast.noaa.gov/NOAAs_Gulf_of_Mexico_at_a_Glance_report.pdf
  5. http://stateofthecoast.noaa.gov/NOAAs_Gulf_of_Mexico_at_a_Glance_report.pdf
  6. http://stateofthecoast.noaa.gov/NOAAs_Gulf_of_Mexico_at_a_Glance_report.pdf
  7. http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/marb.cfm
  8. Report released in 2010, http://www.entergy.com/content/our_community/environment/GulfCoastAdaptation/ Building_a_Resilient_Gulf_Coast.pdf