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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Blame Game Update: Greens vs. Levees

John Berlau at NRO writres about the destructive river-management philosophy.
With all that has happened in the state, it’s understandable that the Louisiana chapter of the Sierra Club may not have updated its website. But when its members get around to it, they may want to change the wording of one item in particular. The site brags that the group is “working to keep the Atchafalaya Basin,” which adjoins the Mississippi River not far from New Orleans, “wet and wild.”

These words may seem especially inappropriate after the breaking of the levee that caused the tragic events in New Orleans last week. But “wet and wild” has a larger significance in light of those events, and so does the group using the phrase. The national Sierra Club was one of several environmental groups who sued the Army Corps of Engineers to stop a 1996 plan to raise and fortify Mississippi River levees.
Full story here. Note the Bush Administration reversed Clinton policies and started to actions to protect New Orleans.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Wait, started on actions to what, cut levee money? And according to your own evidence, Clinton's Army Corps was trying to help New Orleans too. Do you intend any of this to be taken seriously?

However, it makes some sense to avoid messing with the natural equilibrium some more. Remember: Though I critique Bush's cuts because they were totally unwarranted and irresponsible, there is a risk to levees, namely that when they burst they lock in the water. In addition, the Sierra Club had a very good pretense: find a way to do this without ecological harm. Even this National Review site admits, "The lawsuit was settled in 1997 with the Corps agreeing to hold off on some work while doing an additional two-year environmental impact study. Whether this delay directly affected the levees that broke in New Orleans is difficult to ascertain." Come on.

Thu Sep 08, 10:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Russ Steele said...

Frederic:

It was a recently upgraded levee that failed.

Fri Sep 09, 07:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Okay, Russ, but you can't prove that the Sierra Club's suit caused that levee to fail, nor can you disentangle that influence from the money that Bush cut, and yet you were wholly cavalier with your evidence, implying things that the article you linked could not and did not support for a moment.

Fri Sep 09, 09:21:00 AM PDT  

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