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Monday, September 19, 2005

t r u t h o u t - Democrats Question Gonzales on Attempt to Blame Eco Groups for Flood

As if this were unexpected


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At 12:30 PM, Blogger $sh said...

Mmmmm....HID Lighting....evolicious!

Here's some additional insight into the Gonzales e-mail, from the newspaper that broke the story:

"Whoever is behind the e-mail may have spotted the Sept. 8 issue of National Review Online that chastised the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for suing to halt the corps' 1996 plan to raise and fortify 303 miles of Mississippi River levees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

The corps settled the litigation in 1997, agreeing to hold off on some work until an environmental impact could be completed. The National Review article concluded: "Whether this delay directly affected the levees that broke in New Orleans is difficult to ascertain."

The problem with that conclusion?

The levees that broke causing New Orleans to flood weren't Mississippi River levees. They were levees that protected the city from Lake Pontchartrain levees on the other side of the city.

When Katrina struck, the hurricane pushed tons of water from the Gulf of Mexico into Lake Pontchartrain, which borders the city to the north. Corps officials say the water from the lake cleared the levees by 3 feet. It was those floodwaters, they say, that caused the levees to degrade until they ruptured, causing 80 percent of New Orleans to flood."

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At 12:30 PM, Blogger $sh said...

Oops, here's the link:

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Not Scott said...

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At 12:51 PM, Blogger Not Scott said...

Of course if the Corps had just done a flippin' environmental impact statement like they were supposed to do, then this wouldn't have been a problem.


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