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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Political commentator James Carville is challenging more than 1,000 scientists, engineers, public officials, environmentalists and others to look at the state's eroding coast as an opportunity to build a new water resources industry.

NOLA.com ' The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1izTRUK ) Carville opened the annual State of the Coast conference Tuesday in New Orleans.

He asked the group, why can't Louisiana be known beyond music, food and Mardi Gras for engineering expertise and for how to live with water? Carville compared Louisiana's coastal problems with that of the Netherlands, whose engineering and scientific communities have become world renowned for their responses to flooding threats in that country.

Published in New Orleans News