Tourism leaders welcome supporters of climate change standards

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 6:24 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - A 27 state bus tour rolled into New Orleans to rally support for federal climate change standards.

Local tourism leaders welcomed the "I Will Act on Climate" group when they arrived at Mardi Gras World around 11 a.m. on Friday.

President Barack Obama took action on climate change when he announced the nation's first ever limits on carbon pollution and new investments in energy efficiency.

Climate change is a threat to Louisiana and has a huge impact on our local economy, tourism leaders said.

Wetlands are a tourist attraction, and the tourism industry employs thousands in Louisiana, according to tourism leaders.

"This is a reminder as well as a call to action as it relates to what's happening really around the world, globally, to the changes in our climate and how it's affecting our bread and butter here in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. There are changes in our environment. There are changes in the climate. It's affecting our wetlands. We know the water levels are rising," said CEO Mark Romig of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.

The tour stopped in other places, including Pensacola and Mobile, and it's set to head to Vicksburg Friday.

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