The Census data from New Orleans was released yesterday. The population is down by a third since Katrina flooded 80% of the city.
My first thought was, “What’s wrong with the rest of them?”, but after reading more, I realized my question should be “What’s wrong with this picture?”
Day after day we keep hearing that global warming is real, it’s coming, it’s unstoppable, it causes everything from droughts to snowstorms. The oceans are rising, our coastlines are going to join the lost city of Atlantis, monster hurricanes are predicted, and the Army Corps of Engineers is spending 14 billion dollars rebuilding the levees of New Orleans? 14 billion that is a drop in the bucket compared to the money being spent to rebuild the city.
If the U.S. Government believed that global warming, rising sea levels, and bigger hurricanes were real, would they be trying to rebuild a city that is already below current sea levels? Would they construct a levee system that will fill like a swimming pool in a major storm, just like it did last time?
Wouldn’t they be relocating people, cutting off services, and preparing to return New Orleans to swampland? Wouldn’t those dollars be better spent building a new port further up river where some high ground can be found? Al Gore predicted a 20 foot rise in sea levels, if you take him seriously, how can you spend a dime of government money anywhere in New Orleans? Even if you thought he was wrong by a factor of 10, and there was only going to be a 2 foot rise, why would you rebuild?
The only possible conclusion is that the remaining residents of New Orleans and the federal, state, and local governments have rejected the idea of global warming and the inevitable flooding of their city. That gives me hope.
We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur.