Last month was the hottest month in Louisiana history. Every day 100ᵒ + shatters heat records.  We are all having to deal with these unusually high daily temperatures. But climate change is wreaking havoc on poor black people in New Orleans and Louisiana.  Health, finances, relationships, and work are all directly tied to the extreme heat.  And the typical disparities are exacerbated in the sweltering heat.  This is a crisis that is slowly roiling across communities in our state.

Simple health problems can get worse in high heat.  High blood pressure affects African Americans at alarmingly high rates in Louisiana. And people with high blood pressure need to be particularly careful during extreme heat waves. Hot temperatures cause the heart to work harder and raise blood pressure higher than normal.  Also pronounced sweating from high temperatures creates dehydration. We all know we should drink more fluids when out in the sun. But many high blood pressure medicines, like beta blockers and diuretics, affect your ability to stay hydrated. So, people with high blood pressure are at higher risk for bad health outcomes.  Respiratory conditions can become aggravated too. Heat can actually worsen air quality and high heat and the Louisiana humidity trigger conditions like asthma and COPD.

Climate change and poor people in Louisiana

So to stay cool a person with high blood pressure or asthman might want to stay inside and keep the AC down low.  Of course, African Americans in Louisiana earn $36,139 compared to $69, 329 for whites in the state. And higher electric bills not only create economic hardships but actually lead families into poverty.  Poorer people already spend over 35% of their income on utility bills.  Higher bills during extreme heat complicate an already precarious financial situation for many people.  If your electric bill increases $200 a month, then people living paycheck to paycheck are stressed.  People may be unable to keep the lights on when temperatures are hottest.  Also, poorer people tend to have older less efficient units that not only don’t cool as well but cost more to operate.

Poorer people often work manual labor jobs.  And many work outside in the extreme heat. These jobs can be physically demanding. But the need to pay bills often means people disregard the health risks. Others are unaware of the risks and haphazardly put themselves in harm’s way.  Job related illnesses due to heat exhaustion are on the rise nationally and across the state. 

Climate change and poor people in Louisiana

Families are impacted too.  If a breadwinner is unable to work for a day or more because of heat exhaustion, then the entire family suffers. If each adult is unable to work, then calamitous results can occur.  Everyday stress is compounded. People are hot.  Some people have cars with no AC.  Many still catch the bus.  And though the bus is airconditioned waiting at the bus stop ain’t.  Its hot as fish grease.  But also the conditions of poorer neighborhoods are hotter.  Concrete jungles usually have less green space.  Poorer air quality, dark heat absorbing streets and concrete combined with lack of grass create harsh and unhealthy conditions. 

Climate change and poor black New Orleanians and Louisianans are a toxic mix.  It’s more than really hot.  It is dangerously hot.  And people are struggling.  Literally people are dying 

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  1. LBRC- Good News for “The Chosen”! All others have chosen their
    “Woe”! Need Proof? We know you don’t want to hear this. We’ve already been told about “you” for these “Obvious” times. Satan is moving ‘to and
    ‘fro and so are “The Eyes” of The Most High!
    1. You’ve had the power to “vote” in honest servants to protect your
    “taxed” wealth, however meager. You rejected His Proven Honest Servants-
    locally, nationally and internationally! As well, The Racist and WS, Satan’s seed, have proved?
    a. They’re still dedicated to the adulterer, liar, thief and yada…, aka everything
    contrary to what the Most said is right and good! Racist Apostates, especially
    “their” Filthy Evangelist plus Negro Coon Co- Conspirators (Identified in
    “The Negro Coon Catalog/Handbook), are the same ilk which voted for Barabus over Christ. They have perpetuated their seed into 2023. They are as arrogant, just like with “The Police” aka “The Neo Slave Patrol”- “You” clearly saw what happened on ‘Dat Alabama Dock, plus their citizen slave patrols are still running rampant, like on ‘Dat Wharf, like “The Roaring Lion” they are, devouring who they perceive as unprotected. You “saw” happened, now your WS and Negro Coons are telling you “what to see”! Your Negro Echo Chamber will take this and run with it! Do you really believe they’re undeterred? Who is unprotected?…
    b. “Woe” applies to you still, because you’re still a thief, liar, murderer,
    common criminal, accomplice and complicit with Evil, just like (b)lacks for #45. You are as Filthy as what you eat and hardly thankful for “Grace offered”!
    “You” have heaped Woe upon yourself! Now you’re in court defending your Evil, just like the Evil seed you idolize!
    c. 2nd Chronicles 16 vs 7- 9: 9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars./end/. Wars are “Woe”, just ask Ukraine! But “Woe” just doesn’t stop there!
    2. You have been warned several times over, but you laughed and called us names, just messengers, thinking you mocked us? You “Fool”! You have challenged “The God”?
    3. You asked The Most High for (k)ings and politicians. Herod was a king and politician! You got what you asked for (Read Samuel and Eli).
    a. You still chose and vote in “your” (k)ings, politicians and preacher
    Apostates, all are liars, Thieves, Deception Artist and “Gift of Gab Cons”!
    Lots have “openly” confessed, yet you still allow them to “Defile”
    Holy Altars and “Spaces”, with the wealth you provide aka “You have robbed
    the tables of your own children”! These have never sincerely “Repented”!
    These have no place on Altars or occupying Public Spaces you support, for all to see and be led astray then stumble! This is the wicked value and example you parade before our children! “They” steal because “you” and your idols are Thieves and ditto for murderers, liars, Master Deceivers and on! Then you’ve the unmitigated gull to support the Filth of Rappers who blaspheme what The Most High told you should be respectful, Clean and Sacred! Your Filthy music lyrics mock “Him”? You Fool! “Your” new seed is as wicked as you, and is Cursed, as much as the Filthy Seed who Joshua and Kaleb were told to Destroy, including their kids! There is a “Chosen”, kids et al, who shall not perish with this lot! How do we know?
    b. The obvious liars and “Award winning Actors”, still leave your communities
    perpetually Filthy, infested with drugs and crime, pollution, prostitution and poorly resourced spaces! “You” have eyes which do not see, but have
    “itching” ears! “You’re” doing exactly what “Holy Scripture” told us you would! “We” see and we see “you”! You have been given over to your own lies and Reprobate Deceptions! Your males and females are as fake as their make- up! They believe what they see in ‘Dat mirror, which is unnatural! Satan has taught them well how to deceive self! They’ll never take it off, because they ‘luv the Lie “they see”! Truth has fled them until The End!
    b. There’re no more “Stone or other idols” on a certain island in a certain
    c. As we write this, God and Magog are posing for pictures after agreeing to do exactly what we were told they would! Woe to “you” who have refused instruction and still Blaspheme “Our” Father. He loved you and you repaid Him with Murder, Theft, Deception and worst “Disobedience”! ‘Yo mamma or daddy ‘ain’t never ‘whopped ‘yo ‘Azz like the one you ‘gonna get, for your treachery and Disobedience. You’ll wish for death for escape and it will flee you! “Your” perceived impunity has expired! (Forgive us Father for being so personally frank, we are not rejoicing and always wished all would truly and sincerely Repent! Yet they still desire to Murder, Slander and Defile “us”!).
    Abba Father…

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