It's catastrophes that give for a moment an insight into the workings of our societies. We are used to discuss energy problems in abstract terms. We easily forget how deeply the cultures of coal and oil are ingrained in our reality - in the soil, the sea, the rivers, the infrastructures, the bodies, the minds, the institutions, the economy, the media. This short article shows it in a nutshell.
It is interesting to see that and how MacQuaid mentions climate change; he might be right that this bayou is especially vulnerable to any changes, but climate change deserves a more prominent place here. Oil is the link, I guess. There are many more reasons to get rid of the dependency on oil and coal than abstract climate change discussions. But getting rid of it because all those other reasons would have an effect on climate, anyway.