Let's hire the Dutch!
What we'd get:
- The best water and wetlands management engineering in the world.
- The Dutch understand that there is no acceptable tradeoff between lives and storm protection.
- The Bush administration won't be able to interfere with objective science for political purposes.
If there's any question why I still haven't taken down the Katrina Boneless Chicken Award, consider the Corps of Engineers' just-issued Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration (LACPR) Preliminary Technical Report.
Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La) reaction:
Levee and flood control is a life-or-death situation for the people of coastal Louisiana, and so, it is very disappointing that this report fails to do what Congress mandated: Give us all the facts and show us what it will take to protect coastal Louisiana. ...
Of particular cause for concern is the appearance that the report may have been altered to eliminate important technical information and proposals. As a result, the modified report omits many recommendations that could have helped protect the people of Louisiana and the nation they serve.
The criticism of the Corps' report isn't just limited to Louisiana's Democratic Senator. Nevertheless, I always view Sen. David Vitter's (R-La) criticism of the Corps' as an extension of his pre-Katrina strategy to dismantle Corps' authority over wetlands protection on behalf of his political supporters in the logging industry:
Vitter could kill coastal restoration act
Vitter cypress mulch provision bagged by the press
Vitter to kill the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker once and for all
Update on Vitter provision that will endanger the ivory-billed woodpecker's habitat
Vitter, on the Corps' Category 5 report:
The assistant secretary of the Army decided to gut the report and remove all substance from the report. This lack of leadership and ineptitude has become the rule rather than the exception. Two weeks ago, I expressed frustration with the corps on their repeated failures to meet self-imposed deadlines and goals. This report is nothing more than another slap in the face of Louisiana.
When Congress authorized $20 million for the Corps to develop plans to protect Louisiana from future hurricanes, the law called for "information based on the Corps' expertise in a timely manner and unfiltered by the policy goals of the administration."
Again, Mary Landrieu on real "homeland security" for people in "the homeland":
"The Dutch recognize that 'homeland security' includes developing a comprehensive storm and flood protection strategy that not only protects people and communities, but also respects a vital harmony with the nation's commerce needs," Sen. Landrieu said, referring to the Port of Rotterdam - Europe's largest port, and the second largest in the world. Similarly, Louisiana's port system is the U.S.'s largest.
Independent, objective science
Organizational dysfunction at the Corps of Engineers
PGR search results - Cat 5
First-Draft -- Bush "The Decider" Can't Decide
Your Right Hand Thief -- What is the Decision Matrix?
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