Oil giant BP is giving states millions of dollars on projects to spend on projects to restore the ecosystem along the Gulf Coast.
The money is part of a $1 billion fund set up after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Some, though, are questioning how the money is being spent. David Mattingly takes a closer look in an OutFront Investigation.
If tourists and businesses poured the same amount of money into a local economy in visiting natural habitats that they do when frequenting beachfront developments such as condos, restaurants, convention centers, etc, this wouldn't be an issue. Alabama is one of the poorest states in the US; make it in Alabama's economic interest to preserve natural habitats rather than develop the land. In other words, put your money where your mouth is. If you have no stake in the state, as you neither live in, nor visit or otherwise invest in Alabama, your opinion isn't going to carry much weight.
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Erin Burnett OutFront airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET. Designed to showcase Erin's unique style--casual, smart, and confident--OutFront stays ahead of the headlines, delivering a show that's in-depth and informative.
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