Posted by: atowhee | August 29, 2017

THE HARVEY DISASTER TOOK YEARS OF PREPARATION

Click here for a clear explanation of how federal and local governments helped Houston spread into flood-prone areas in preparation for the current disaster. Lack of zoning laws in flood plains, covering former wetlands with pavement and buildings, allowing sequential rebuilding in the same place after flood damage, all subsidized by local and federal money and tax breaks and insurance and willful heedlessness from real estate developers to owners to politicians. Now Houston has had three “500 year” floods in the recent years. You gotta savor the irony of this happening in Exxon’s home turf where climate change is just not discussed in polite society.
We far-westerners can’t be smug. Here we encourage folks to build big homes in the forest, those same forests that are sure to burn at some point in the future. Or we’re building on the flanks of active volcanoes…or atop the San Andreas Fault and then pretending “it’s not our fault.”
Stubbornness and arrogance are amazing to behold…just heard one Houston couple explain they couldn’t leave their present neighborhood with their kids, even though their home has now flooded three times in two years.


Responses

  1. You have outdone yourself – “It’s not our fault.” !

    Here are two other good ones.

    Trevor Noah of the Daily Show on people complaining that Melania Trump wore high heels to Texas. “In defense of Melania, she lives in a disaster zone and she always wears them there so it was the natural thing to do.”

    This one was by some astute news commentator replying to this statement: Most presidents only give out pardons at the end of their presidency. “Well Donald Trump doesn’t know when his presidency might end so…….”

    m a


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