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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Katrina

Well Hurricane Katrina is currently battering southern Florida. She hit landfall almost exactly due east of where I am right now. Winds are crazy strong right now. It's not raining too hard, but as the clouds rotate we're going to get our share of torrential rains tonight and tomorrow morning. There should be lots of flooding, lots of thunder of lightning, and lots of trees knocked over by the wind. Oh, and Katrina's only a Category 1 hurricane. They go up to 5.

3 Comments:

  • Wow, thats scarry, stay safe...

    By Blogger Will, at 8:41 AM  

  • Hooray for blogging!

    Nuts to the wind, we shall pray for all yall safety.

    Jon

    By Blogger It's Pronounced boo-LAY!, at 8:52 AM  

  • Dear NRDC Member,

    Hurricane Katrina has been, first and foremost, a human disaster -- a
    seemingly
    endless tale of suffering marked by lives lost, communities dispersed and
    families torn asunder. Our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of
    displaced people who are now struggling to piece some semblance of their
    lives
    back together.

    NRDC is doing all that we can -- as I'm sure you are -- to aid the ongoing
    relief effort in the Gulf states. We're also contributing our special
    expertise
    on oil spills, toxic pollution and drinking water in order to help meet the
    immediate challenges.

    As the flood waters begin receding, Americans are also beginning to gain
    some
    much-needed perspective on our fragile place in the natural world. Few
    events
    in our lifetime have revealed so dramatically the deep interconnectedness
    between people and nature.

    As an environmental organization, NRDC has a profound obligation to ensure
    that
    the environmental lessons of this disaster are not only learned, but that
    they
    are heard loud and clear in our nation's capital. Hurricane Katrina
    destroyed
    more than human lives and homes. She also blew away a decade's worth of
    denial
    about major environmental problems that confront America.

    Katrina destroyed the fantasy that we can blithely go on increasing our
    dangerous dependence on oil -- whether imported or domestic. Our
    oil-addicted
    economy is just too vulnerable to supply disruptions, as anyone who filled
    up
    their gas tank last week discovered. The solution is NOT to drill and
    destroy
    the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- or our beautiful coastlines -- as
    many
    in Congress are now suggesting. Drilling in the Arctic would not have any
    impact on gas prices until 2025, and even then it would only reduce prices
    at
    the pump by a trivial 1.5 cents per gallon. Our nation simply does not have
    enough oil reserves to affect world oil prices. The only way out of this
    mess
    is to reduce our appetite for oil by improving the fuel economy of our
    vehicles
    (which consume 40 percent of our oil) and by relying on smarter, cleaner and
    renewable ways to power our economy.

    Katrina also exposed the fiction that we can dredge, bulldoze and fill
    millions
    of acres of coastal wetlands without paying a price. Wetland ecosystems are
    Mother Nature's perfect buffer against catastrophic storm surges. Destroy
    that
    buffer and you destroy the last line of defense, not only for New Orleans
    but
    for a host of other American cities. In this case, as in so many others,
    what's
    good for the wildlife of coastal America is also indispensable to its
    people.
    We are part of nature.

    Katrina demolished the pretense that we needn't reckon with global warming.
    While no single hurricane can be directly linked to global warming, climate
    scientists agree that we are entering an epoch of warming oceans, rising sea
    levels and much more intense storms. We know full well what kind of
    pollution
    controls are required to reverse this trend. If we don't act, Katrina will
    be
    our future. You can't say she didn't warn us.

    Finally, Katrina tore the lid off one of our nation's most shameful truths:
    that petrochemical plants, toxic waste sites, oil refineries and other
    industrial threats to human health are most often sited next to low-income
    minority communities. The rest of America regularly averts its eyes from
    this
    injustice. But with the poorest neighborhoods of New Orleans drowning in a
    hazardous sea of fuel, sewage and chemicals, it's hard not to notice just
    which
    of our citizens are paying the ultimate price.

    Oil addiction. Wetland destruction. Global warming. Environmental injustice.
    You're well aware that NRDC has been working for years to awaken America to
    these terrible problems and to champion urgently needed solutions. But
    Katrina
    has changed everything. The public is finally paying attention. And
    officials
    in Washington are looking to respond.

    Our challenge is making sure our leaders take away the right lessons from
    this
    disaster and respond with real solutions, not with the old ways of thinking
    or
    business-as-usual giveaways to well-connected industries.

    It won't be easy. The Bush Administration and Congressional leaders have
    spent
    the last four years digging us ever deeper into a hole of oil dependence,
    wetland destruction, global warming pollution and environmental injustice.
    It's
    unspeakably tragic that it took a deadly hurricane to expose this gaping
    crater.

    There's an old proverb that says, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop
    digging." Getting our leaders to stop digging will be a tall order. But with
    more hurricanes sure to follow in Katrina's wake, we have no choice but to
    dedicate ourselves to the task at hand. As always, NRDC will be counting on
    your commitment, your support and your activism at every step of the way.

    Sincerely,

    John H. Adams
    President
    Natural Resources Defense Council

    By Blogger A, at 9:16 PM  

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