US.government, big business responsible for Katrina damage


It is
becoming clearer every day that this crisis goes far beyond a “natural
disaster.” The danger that a hurricane of major proportions posed for
New Orleans and the region had been discussed for years—with no
significant preparations taken.


National Weather Service called the destroyed region “ideal for wave
damage” due to “coastal irregularities” such as the absence of
substantial barrier islands or hills and the Gulf of Mexico’s flat
bottom. This problem is not entirely natural. The wetlands of the
Mississippi delta, essential for moderating flooding, have been
devastated by big oil companies in order to make way for oil
exploration and shipping.

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