Bush Cut New Orleans Flood Control Funding

Former Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal criticizes Bush administration's environmental and emergency planning policies.
September 2, 2005, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war.... A year ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a catastrophic hurricane, but the Bush administration ordered that the research not be undertaken... The Bush administration's policy of turning over wetlands to developers almost certainly also contributed to the heightened level of the storm surge."

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Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 in Spiegel Online
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