Monday, April 14, 2008

As climate changes threatens U.S. Gulf states, federal agencies twiddle thumbs

Chris Mooney in Alternet: …Americans ought to be outraged at how poor a job their government is doing when it comes to processing information about global warming and using it to better prepare the Gulf Coast region for hurricane risks. And it's not just the bumbling Corps that's at fault-or just the fate of New Orleans that's at stake. No-what I'm describing is part of a far broader and much more nefarious pattern under the Bush administration of either ignoring mounting climate risks, refusing to seriously study them, or refusing to release information about them to the public in a timely and prominent way.

The scientific community is of the strong opinion that we must start adapting our communities now to climatic changes that are already upon us. But the Bush administration seems to think that bumbling, or worse, is an adequate governmental response to this matter of mounting urgency….

A doorway in New Orleans showing the flood lines post-Katrina, photo by "Infrogmation," Wikimedia Commons, under the GNU Free Documentation license, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts

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