U.S. oil and natural gas producers are beginning evacuations in the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Storm Gustav, which may become the costliest hurricane since Katrina and Rita in 2005, heads toward the region.
Three years ago, at the end of August, we saw Hurricane Katrina slam into New Orleans. Because levee maintenance had been deferred in order to pay for the war Bush started with his lies, there was massive flooding. Because the Louisiana National Guard was in Iraq at the time of the disaster, there was no local response to the disaster. We all recall how Bush simply sat and waited and hoped it would all go away while the ex horse show manager floundered around, and it became known that the GOP donor who landed the contract to prepare an emergency plan for New Orleans never actually delivered one.
Indeed the total ineptitude shown in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina raised suspicions regarding what appeared to be the swift response to 9-11 by the Federal Government, suspicions which were confirmed when it became known that FEMA had actually been in position in New York the night before the attacks.
But I digress.
In the WRH LIBRARY menu in the left menu bar, I have added a special flashback category for Hurricane Katrina for those who don't clearly recall what a "Charlie Foxtrot" it all was.
So, here we are three years later. Once more a major storm aims at the American heartland, and at the lifeblood of war, oil. For those who imagine that there is a god or gods directing the universe, they have to wonder if maybe Bush lied when he claimed that God was telling him to start all these wars.
But for those of us with a more scientific background, the big question is, has the US Government learned from their past mistake? Are the New Orleans levees now able to deal with a major storm? Are the pumping stations all repaired and in good working order? Is there an emergency plan? Will it work? Are the necessarily supplies and manpower in place?
Or did the Bush administration shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, THAT'S not likely to happen again while we are in office?"